Finding time to simply take in the amazing mysteries that time presents is something that we seldom let ourselves do. And yet, those mysteries are with us every moment, as we live and breathe and work and play within time.
Consider how the merest snatch of a song or a scent of lilac or newly mowed grass can bring to mind a moment from long ago as if it were happening right now. Or think about how time can feel like it ticks by so slowly when you are waiting for a happily anticipated event – meanwhile seeming to rush by at triple speed when you are feverishly trying to meet a deadline.
The thing is that time is objectively concrete and measurable, yet our experience of it is highly subjective. It is also universal – one of the things in life that absolutely ALL of us experience. So, it’s a place where uniqueness and universality bump into one another frequently – and often the result can feel like mystery.
- “How is it possible that this moment from 27 years ago can feel so real to me today?”
- “Why does time feel like it moves faster as I get older?”
- “Where did the time go?”
Do you ever ponder the mystery of what happened to April 29, 1967? Or July 17, 2003? Where, indeed, does the time go?
Well, here’s one graphic representation of, if not where the time goes, at least what happens as it passes. This ingenious use of technology by Frans Hofmeester illustrates the growth of his daughter Lotte, from birth to age 12 … all in the space of a brief video.
Shared by Alison, a long-time reader of The Time Finder, this video offers a condensed view of change over time that I found fascinating – and I offer it to you today!
It is amazing and humbling to see 12 years of growth compressed into just a few minutes – and to consider how our experience of time can be just that malleable and plastic. I think about the moments that loom large in our lives, and how we carry them with us while other moments fade.
Time and memory. Time and duration. There are so many mysteries about time … the deeper youwe delve into them, the more time opens up its rich treasures to us!
© Copyright 2012 Paula Eder, Ph.D.