Time just isn’t what it used to be. There’s less of it these days. In fact, as we venture further into the aging process, time is altered. Time actually changes relative to a number of physical factors.
For example, the older we become, the more time is required to do that which took substantially less time when we were younger. You would think that the time required to wash a car would be the same for teenager as for grandparent, but it’s not.
In a strange way, 60 minutes for every hour remains a constant for young or old, but the actual time used for the young moves very slowly, while for the elderly it moves quickly. Such is the conundrum of time. If measured time is the same for everyone, then why does time seem to move faster for those who are older than it does for those who are younger?
In my attempt to understand the disparity, I tried to approach the conundrum with math. To a five year old child, one year is 20-percent of the child’s lifetime to that point, therefore, more time is available and each day seems to last forever. But to an adult of, say, 60 years old, a full year is merely a percent or two of the lifetime to that point, therefore, time seems to goes by much faster, although minutes are still measured as 60 seconds.
After studying the issue at length, I do not see a way around the conundrum of time. When you’re young, you have plenty of it. When you’re old, you don’t.
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