Time is a mysterious object – we can never get enough of it even though it doesn’t really exist, save as a construct of the human mind.
Think about this: We measure time with more vigor and anxiety than any other quantity, and it is we who are solely responsible for giving it a value. Much like the tree that falls without a sound when no one is there to hear it, without us here to watch our <a title="Clocks" href="http://www.atgstores.com/clocks_1147.html" target="_blank">clocks</a> there would be no time but for the passing of it.
<strong>The Beginning of Time – Really</strong>
No one knows the true beginning, of course, because humans started keeping time before they started keeping records. Some scientists claim prehistoric tribes began marking time as long as 30,000 years ago, but that’s based more on tangential evidence than on the discovery of any ancient calendar.
The earliest known calendars measuring the passage of time have been dated to the Paleolithic era, some 6,000 years ago. But, it bears noting that “time” as a dimension and a way to order things sequentially – chronologically – existed before anyone thought about it as something to be measured.
<strong>Time to Get Physical </strong>
Despite any realist argument that time – like math or love – exists independently of the tangible world and is not a <em>thing</em> like a tree or a rock, the International System of Units and many philosophers and scientists nevertheless view time as a physical quantity.
These folks could be said to have a more nuanced understanding of time, but even within their ranks there is bickering about the true physicality of it. Some say time is woven into the very fabric of the universe, like gravity and energy. Others have a much easier approach, believing that time is physical because we really can feel it – we have a sensation of the passage of time.
And, if we can feel it, then we can control <em>how</em> we feel it.
<strong>How to Slow Down Time</strong>
Anyone who’s ever put in a day’s work doing something awful would be hard-pressed to refute the notion. Time flies when you’re having fun and it drags when you’re not. Our minds bend time in many other ways, too, so much so that temporal perception occupies its own field of study.
This is important to remember as we get older and repetition and habit formation distort our perception of time. When experiences start to feel the same they run together and time seems to move faster, because in our minds we’ve already been there and done that – this is why fogies are always remarking to whippersnappers about how fast time slips by when you’re older.
The trick to slowing it down is this: <em>Always be in the process of learning something new</em>. When your brain is engaged in this way it’s forced to slow down and more accurately track time, and not just while school is in session.
<a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes this mental trick will help you feel like you’ve got a little more extra time on your hands.