What is the most commonly used noun in the English language? I read that it is “time.”
Time is always on our minds. We try our best to control it, but we know that it advances so matter what we do or don’t do.
I can’t really remember what my concept of time was as a child. I know that I wasn’t as concerned about it as I am now in my 60s. Time didn’t move slower or faster but I think I remember thinking I had all the time I would ever need.
As an adult, I have even studied time, from quantum mechanics to time travel fiction. I know that we can’t slow down or speed up time. Well, I guess Einstein would say we can kind of do that if we can travel very, very fast. Albert did not actually say this (but it is often attributed to him) “When you sit with a nice girl for two hours you think it’s only a minute, but when you sit on a hot stove for a minute you think it’s two hours. That’s relativity.” It is true that time seems to slow down when we’re bored. It seems to speed up when we’re enjoying ourselves. And it seems to speed up when as you get older even if you’re not enjoying yourself.
Without getting into anything at a quantum level, I think we all agree that Time is relative.
Someone wrote a book about this feeling that time flies. It’s called Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation.