Time Passing Faster Than Usual!?!?

Discussion in 'Free Thoughts' started by TruthSeeker, Dec 16, 2004.


Why is time passing faster than usual?

  1. Physical reason

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  2. Social reason

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  3. Other reason (please explain)

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  1. StepOnMe Registered Senior Member

    Time is passing so slowly ... today more than ever.

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  3. tablariddim forexU2 Valued Senior Member

    When you're doing something you love, time passes quicker, same if you've got a lot of jobs to do. When you're bored though or depressed, time can almost stand still.

    The older you get, the faster it seems to pass, as you become more aware of its value.
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  5. Raithere plagued by infinities Valued Senior Member

    Marking Time

    Take the time to pay attention to the now and to the familiar. Really look and notice what's going on around you. So much of what we experience gets filtered into a background of white noise because we're focused on the next moment, the next goal. That which we are familiar with we tend not to pay attention to, we gloss over it. But every moment is unique and once past it is lost forever.

    Standing in the checkout line, what is it that you do? What do you think about? Are you exasperated by the delay, frustrated and anxious to get on about your business? You're there anyway and getting upset doesn't make the line move any faster, does it? Take the opportunity to people watch, they're fascinating creatures. How old is she? What is their relationship? Is that person a good parent? Is he making dinner for a girlfriend or picking up groceries for mom? When you get out in the parking lot run with your cart and jump on the back... even if your 50.

    Smile at people and look them in the eye. Be gracious; when you say, "Hello" and "Thank you" make sure that you're really acknowledging the person you're talking to and not just tossing off a meaningless pleasantry. Be complementary; if you notice that she has pretty eyes or he has a charming smile, tell them so. Ask them their name and tell them yours, when you see them next call them by name. It's such a simple thing to completely change someone's day.

    Look up. Just look up: Stuck in traffic? How many sunsets have you missed, staring at the license plate in front of you? Hell, pull over and watch it sink beneath the horizon. In the city, bend your neck and see just how far those canyon walls rise above you... watch all the people who look up to see what you're looking at. And when was the last time you went stargazing?

    Do something different every day. Get up and sing karaoke. Don't go to the same fast food stop as you always do, try something new. Eat your sandwich while sitting on a swing in the park or on bus stop bench. Check out the new taco stand. Drive down a different street. Get a pocket full of silver dollars and drop one in every Salvation Army bucket you see. Give an old blanket to the homeless guy you pass by every day. Bring a big fucking bag of candy to work.

    Be different. Be stupid and crazy. Do all the things you wanted to do when you were a kid; sit down for dinner at least once in your life to a freaking bag of cookies... jump on the bed. Build the biggest sand castle on the beach and invite the kids to help. What's the poing of being an adult if you can't act like a child sometimes?

    We get jaded and then we get bored. We think, "seen it" "been there" "done that". We do what's 'proper', what every one else is doing. We worry about what others might thing. Fuck that. Time is marked in the mind by unique events, things that stand out from the familiar. But familiarity is only in the mind... it's only familiar because you're not paying attention to the details. Take the time to pay attention... really pay attention.


    "Life moves pretty quick. If you don't stop and look around once in a while you could miss it." - Ferris
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  7. Starthane Xyzth returns occasionally... Valued Senior Member

    Thankyou Raithere, it is nice to hear from someone with an appreciation from the everyday in a new context. Celebrating the virtues of our life in this "mundane" world, and the simple joys it can throw up for the open-minded, has inspired some wonderful works ofliterature - I'm thinking the movie City of Angels, for example.

    On the original subject of this thread, your recommendations might make time seem less protracted and tedious during situations of delay or frustration; but then again, making a more active observational usage of each available time slot could also apparently stretch out the day.

    When people (particularly young, single men) say that they "live each day to the fullest," it is usually in a primary context of sex, drink and/or money - either indulging these things or just thinking about them. You have given a new and welcome broader definition to the phrase - thanks again.
  8. luciddreamer8605 Registered Member

    nope its just the weed telling you that time is going slow ... or so i think

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  9. Raithere plagued by infinities Valued Senior Member

    I notice both effects as well. Actively and positively engaging your environment can make the present seem to pass by more quickly at least in comparison to the attitude of frustration and boredom. But pausing to really consider what is before you can stretch out a moment as well.

    When I hear general comments, as above, about how time seems to move by so quickly I tend to equate it with reflection and remembrance. This is where how you choose to engage and perceive events really changes the perception of passing time. If your week seems to be filled with repetition and becomes nothing more than a background drone between significant events it becomes compressed in memory. Instead one can choose to create a week filled with interesting interludes. Taking some time at the end of the day to reflect also helps to lock those moments in memory.

    It's not the objective as much as the goal oriented attitude itself that's the problem. The experience is empty if its only significance is its completion.

    You're quite welcome.


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