Time is ticking

During my study I had a nice time during my internship for a nature magazine. My colleagues were older than me. I remember very well the words one of my colleagues told me: “When you get older, the time goes faster.” At that time I didn’t know what she was talking about. But soon after that it started. From a student life to a working life, it changed the whole concept of time. No free hours, free days or long holidays. It changed from busy into always busy.

My colleague was right. Time is going so fast and I can’t do anything about it. Some events have passed and it felt only like it happened a few months ago, but it happened a year ago. Like a year ago I was in India. I can’t believe a year has passed. Even a year like this, with COVID-19, social distancing, lockdowns and no going out or traveling. You would expect it would have been a long year, but it didn’t feel like that at all.

So what is time? The concept of time is self-evident. An hour consists of a certain number of minutes, a day of hours and a year of days. It is passing non-stop and we can’t say what happens when time passes. Time is represented through change, like the circular motion of the moon around the earth.

Some people say time is relative. According to the special theory of relativity, Einstein determined that time is relative. In easier words, you can say the rate at which time passes depends on your frame of reference. For many people time goes fast. Here are some tips I would like to share with you to slow down the time:

  • Don’t watch the clock too often. If you are worried things will take you too much time, use the alarm.
  • Prioritize things.
  • Put less things on your to do list.
  • Focus. Turn on the focus mode on your phone and focus on one task. Don’t get disturbed by distractions.
  • Be in the flow. You will forget time and go with the flow.
  • Be mindful. Live as much as possible in the moment and don’t wander too much to the past and the future.
A funny scene from the movie Alice through the looking glass | Source: YouTube Walt Disney Studios

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