Time Doesn’t Have to Go Faster as You Age

Things feel like they’re speeding up to the extent that we cease experiencing new things, something everyone does naturally when young. This means it’s possible to slow down time by staying on that edge of newness–trying new things, thinking about things differently, metamorphosizing (as Dylan sang “he not busy being born is busy dying”). We “chunk” what is routine, i.e. things we understand–or think we understand. Thus a person can view his entire work-week as a “chunk” that he writes off as a blur of rote and therefore uninteresting activities. But the more one is challenged, engaged, excited and discovering things–the attitude of children–the more time moves as it did in childhood.

So many things people accept as inevitable features of reality are in fact the results of cultural habits of thought–our acceptance of them makes them effectively, but not inevitably, real.

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About nosuchthingasastraightline

I grew up in tiny Lyme, New Hampshire, where I drew, roamed the surrounding woods, and first entertained the idea of God while listening to my mom's Beatles records. I studied biology at Harvard University where I wrote for The Harvard Lampoon and also began writing poetry. I have since made a living variously as a comedy screenwriter, teacher, and private tutor in math, science and writing. I’ve released three CDs of original music as the singer-songwriter and guitar player for Crooked Roads (listen to latest tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/crooked-roads). My poetry writing has been inspired by Rumi, Billy Collins, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, and others. My two books of poetry, "The Morning I Married the Sky," and “Free this Morning” are both available on Amazon.
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