It’s probably a good thing that we don’t consciously think about time all the time. If we thought about time and all the things that could happen within time, we’d spend our lives worrying over every little thing.
If we knew as children that time would go quickly, we’d worry that we’d have to deal with losing both our parents. No one analyses time, we know time exists and that time allows us to get on with our lives.
Time is an integral part of our daily lives. Whether we’re walking, driving, listening to music, taking part in a conversation, participating in a sport or just watching television, time is always there. Interestingly, whereas our senses of sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste use specialised sensory receptors, there is no specific receptor for our perception of time.
The brain’s perception of time involves processes linked to memory and attention. For example, time seems to pass more quickly when we’re busy, or doing something amusing or exciting, whereas in contrast the minutes seem to drag by when we’re bored.
Time is a precious commodity; we have time and yet we don’t have time. Time goes too quickly. We take time for granted that we will always have time on our side. We will all see time differently and will use our time differently. Time together with our experiences, changes a person.
One thing that will unite us and which I am sure most of us will agree, is that when we look back at our lives through time, we have very little comprehension of where time goes.