Thursday, September 23, 2010
Rate of Change - Perception and Reality
The perception of the rate of change of time, however, is another matter. Often my wife and I remark to each other that it seems like in an instant that the week or day has passed by. Especially if we have been busy with a multitude of things. Beyond the daily elapse of time, there are the yearly checkpoints such as marking the new year. It seems that as one ages each succeeding year elapses faster and faster. This is where perception must come into play. The year that passes is some portion of ones length of existence. So when you are four and and a year elapses it is 20 percent of your lifetime and at nine the year following is 10 percent of your lifetime. However if you are 79 and a year elapses it is 1.25 percent of lifetime. No wonder the years seem to go by so fast as we age. We have all those stored memories and experiences in time that generate our perceptions of rate of time flow.
From my view change adds spice to life. I am glad to live in a climate of changing seasons both of my physical world and the events of a full and interesting life.
Posted by Gerry Rehkugler at 4:54 PM
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Your description of the perception of time is right on. While just approaching geezerhood at 62 yr I notice with alarm how time is compressing. The seasons seem to fly by. Comfort is: in the darkest days just carry on and before you know it those shadows start shrinking.
Clever thinking Gerry!
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