Why is time what we want most and use worst?

We’ve all had those days when time doesn’t have any existence. When you’re fully immersed in a moment, loosing track of the minutes and hours without any care of how much time you have left. Though time is hard to receive, how can time feel so unpredictable, feel so different, deepening on who you are and where you are?

Our past and future moments are real where as the present is a psychological illusion as it simply does not exist. When we say ‘time goes too fast’ what we’re really thinking about is the time that has already gone. We can slow down this time by living in the moment free of worry, pressure and day dreams. You’re only wasting your life if you’re too distracted to experience it.

If there was a wall between yesterday and tomorrow, all those moments in time are placed either side into the past or future. Don’t wait for your actual life to kick in, yet on the other hand don’t ignore it either.

“They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price” — Kahlil Gibran

What is now?

Is now an idea that physics treat as a mere illusion, or is it something we are all too familiar with. We tend to automatically relate it to a current instant, a moment with no duration. Time is not out there, and now is a strange trick of the mind. Take a moment and think about what it would be like if now was timeless. Would we experience a succession of nows as time passes. Although we wouldn’t be able to perceived things like motion nor operate in a world if the present has no duration, the great thing is that with focus and perseverance you can live in the moment for much longer.

Now is quite a uneasy concept when you really think about it. Nevertheless, it would be great to discover the why’s and how’s of ‘now’ as it could tell us something about the larger picture of how our brain actual records time and also the perception of the present. The present is crucial to how we experience the world and simultaneous events that appear within it.

According to the neuroscientists and psychologists, the now that we are aware of through our brain registering the experience, lasts on average between 2 and 3 seconds long. So this is actually surprisingly quite long but evidence also show that the now you experience is constructed by a collection of sub conscious ‘nows’ and it is your brain chooses what events are your ‘nows’. Crazy hey. This is all down to different parts of our brain measuring now in different ways.

“I doubt there’s something sad about thinking that the life you’re living right now is a place holder, something to tide you over until your real life begins.’ - Jon Westenberg

How much have you changed in the last 10 years?

Younger generations are so orientated around future plans, moving forward and wondering what the rest of their lives are going to be like. As we’re smack bang in our mid twenties guess we’re apart of this generations, and do hold our hands up honestly for day dreaming about future plans. Without my Muji planner I always threat that I wouldn’t know I am doing. Maybe it would be a good thing if I ‘accident’ threw it into a river one day.

As a child an hour would feel as though it was taking forever, the summer holidays were never ending with the excitement of actually wanting to get back into a familiar school routine. The more life experience we gather on our journey into the unknown, the feeling of time speeding up is stronger. All generations experience time the same yet the only difference is that they remember it differently. There is a lot more recoding in an adults mind compared to a child’s.

“When you’re young, you always feel that life hasn’t yet begun - that ‘life’ is always scheduled to begin next week, next month, next year, after the holidays - whenever. But then suddenly you’re old and the scheduled life didn’t arrive. You find yourself asking, ‘Well then, exactly what was it I was doing - that interlude - the scramble madness - all that time I had before?” - Jon Westenberg

What are you looking for?

We follow a lot of structure and choice in our everyday lives. Its suffocating. If decided every Monday was the day to celebrate the world being awake again then we can work, get shit done and enjoy what we’re doing. Society has forced us into celebrating Fridays and hating Mondays when really it should be the other way around. When you love what you do Monday to Friday then it’s a sad feeling when the week draws to an end as it takes us away from something we love doing. The work/life balance concept needs to be shaken up too, because calling it a balance implies that one of the two is a negative and needs to balanced out with the other. Work and life aren’t separate, they are the same, its called life. Work should be apart of your life not competing against it.

Time is your most valuable resource so stop chasing with your closed as it really doesn’t mater what you do. But when you do do it, do it with full attention and you will find that you’re not wasting time. Life is full of goals that are worth finishing and eliminate the rest. It doesn’t matter how long your goal will take, just get started. Our most important goals are the little ones we achieve in between.

Did I jus leave the ‘real’ world or did I just enter it?

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