Originally posted by drock905
I think most people would agree that as you get older time seems to go faster. Why is that?
I remember when I was a kid, the walk to & from school seemed to take forever. However, as the months moved on, I started to look at the trip
Instead of perceiving it as one big walk, I started to break it into manageable chunks... lots of little check points. A certain house here, a
letterbox there, a big tree that dripped sap on to the footpath, a corner, a piece of graffiti on a fence, a hill... and so on.
With repetition, the time moving from checkpoint to checkpoint took very little time and before I knew it, I was at school.
I see a passing year as being the same as my trip to school. I starts off as a big blank canvass.. a huge expanse, but then it becomes filled with
lots of little events (or checkpoints) that repeat on a yearly basis. A birthday, a public holiday, a change in season, an end of semester.. and so
On a smaller scale, say a weekly basis, we have things like the start of the working week, favorite tv shows on particular nights, perhaps a rostered
day off mid week, gym after work on certain days, and before you know it, your at the weekend. Blink a couple of times and we are getting up for work
on a Monday again.
In short, I believe that through a mixture of repetition and social checkpoints/signposts, we concentrate less on the year as a whole, and perceive it
in much smaller chunks. Before we know it, years pass by.
John Lennon said it perfectly.
"Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans".