Sometimes I am surprised how fast the day goes by. “Time” is seriously a strange concept. Even though every day has the exact same amount of hours and minutes, it’s curious how some minutes can feel like hours and vice versa.
I am a person who can hardly live without her watch. I like it when I wake up in the early morning and a glimpse at my watch tells me that I have another hour before my alarm goes off. I can curl up and go right back to sleep, knowing that there is a whole lot of time until I have to get up. If I don’t look at my watch, I strangely feel nervous about what time it is and will keep wondering if I will miss my alarm or not.
Then again, sometimes I totally forget to look at my watch when I am at work and will only realize that it must be around 11:30 a.m., because my supervisor heads off to lunch. Where did the hours go?
On other days, time will not go by and I’ll catch myself starring at my watch every 10 minutes.
I find it fascinating that the human brain can perceive time in such different intensities.
I remember as a kid, 6 weeks of summer vacation felt like an eternity. I miss that feeling of having never-ending time that I had as a kid. The older one gets, the faster time catches up with you and one feels like there is never enough of it.
I also feel a strange difference in time perception during summer and winter. In the summer, when the daylight lasts longer and one spends lots of time outdoors because of the wonderful weather, days aren’t just longer because of daylight savings, but they also feel longer.
Even though I do like the winter when it gets dark early and you can sit inside with lit candles and enjoy the coziness of the season, days are not only shorter due to the shorter daylight, but they also feel shorter.
So is time merely the counting of seconds, minutes and hours or is it a personal feeling that is very subjective and forever changing?
Whatever it is, there are moments when my watch and my mind are completely in tune… like right now, telling me that it is time to go home :)