WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT TIME

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Mason Burkhart, Staff Writer

Time is a key factor in one’s life. Time can be spared, time can be extended. But how can something that is not technically real have a huge factor in everyone’s lives? How can an illusion control our past, present, and future? Why are we so worried about this thing called time?

 When you are young and free it feels like there is nothing to lose, but as you get older time seems to play a bigger role in your life. You start aging and maturing. Life starts throwing obstacles at you that affect the routes you take. As we get older time seemingly starts to fade. Everything that once was experienced absorbs back into a faded memory covered up by the blanket of time. The memory of flying kites with your best friend. Or the time you learned to ride a bike and scraped your knee off the pavement. As you get older those things in life that were once the golden years fade into the never-ending process of growing up. The toys that used to be handled daily, now lay face down in a box absorbed by cobwebs and dust. We sit back on our bed with our washed-out blankets, aged or prehistoric some might say, and in our overused minds, we think… where has the time gone?

One of the most influential people in history, Albert Einstein, said that ”People like us who believe in physics know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” Our time here on Earth is just an ongoing sequence of patterns. We wake up and brush our teeth and eat our breakfast. As time passes the day begins to get somnolent, as we also do. We slumber and sleep until the sun rises again. As we do this, time passes. 

According to Harvard.edu, ”As we grow older, it can often feel like time goes by faster and faster. Over time, the rate at which we process visual information slows down, and this is what makes time ‘speed up’ as we grow older.”  This often has an effect on our perception of time and why time might seem like a fast-moving illusion. 

So, time is relative. It is not supposed to make sense. It just is.