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What makes time fly?

Asked by john65pennington (29192points) March 29th, 2010

Since my neck surgery, i have plenty of time to recouperate. before the surgery, i wondered what i would do with my extra time, after surgery? should i just lay in bed, like a slug, and feel sorry for myself, or should i push the envelope and hurry myself back into the mainstream ASAP? since my retirement, its been non-stop with things to do around my house. my time is really flying away. so, whats it going to be…..a slug for three weeks or my usual getty-up and go-go approach?

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Reading Neil Stephenson novels, if you’re into that kind of thing.

rangerr's avatar

David Tennant.

But really. Read a book.

JimmyG's avatar

Time flies when you’re not paying attention to it, which is when you’re busy.

jfos's avatar

Right after the surgery, you might want to do something chill like making a list of things to do around your house. As you begin to recuperate, tackle the easier, less physically demanding tasks first. Then move on to the harder, more physically demanding tasks.

I also suggest Dostoevsky. His books are awesome.

john65pennington's avatar

jfos, good answer. john

jfos's avatar

@john65pennington Thanks. Good luck.

Also, even though this sounds cliché, listen to your body—if you feel like you’re working too hard, take a break.

ucme's avatar

Not making time an issue.

Strauss's avatar

Fluther can make time fly. I seriously don’t know where the time goes when I am fluthering!

Bluefreedom's avatar

The Space-Time Continuum might play a part in it.

Coloma's avatar

There is no such thing as ‘time’ in actuality.

There is CLOCK time, a man made method of keeping track of the hours and days of our lives. In reality, there is no time, simply an illusion of the measurements which humans are so fond of. lol

The universe exists in timelessness.

So time ‘flying’ is really just ones brain feeding off the measurements of such.

If there was no clock time you would simply be fully present in whatever you were doing and there would be no thought of measurement involved.

This is being in the ‘flow’ or the ‘zone’...above the minds construction of thought and measurement of time and space.

In other words…the experience of ‘time flies’.

jfos's avatar

@Coloma A planet collides with another planet. One planet only breaks a bit, but the other one is destroyed, shattered into countless pieces. After this is done, there was a time when the pieces of that planet were together (prior to the collision). Therefore, time passed between it being full and it being broken into pieces.

Coloma's avatar


Yes, but without measurement, or someone to record the measurement of time, there would still be no time. lol

The broken planet would be reconstructed but there would be no recording of that event so it would simply happen without measurement.

Hahaha…okay…I’m going waaay out on a limb…I get what you’re saying.

I just think in terms of the old…if a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it, did it make a sound? hahahaha

Does the sound actually exisit or does it only come into being when there are ears to record it? lol

doctiresquire's avatar

it seems to me .that i forget alot as i get older..this to me is why it seems like years go by and its like no real time went by….when your young you want to learn ...try to be smart ..and your always thinking about the things you learn in your memory and processor….. but…i now forget what i do .right after i do it…and go fourth…so to speak…when i was young it seemed to take forever say be my birthday again ..or for christmas…..or to like drive a thousand miles…now its nothing ..i dont worry about how long it takes ..years seem like ..nothing ..not even seconds god said one day is like 1000 years and 1000 years is like one day….some day you will over come the world and not care about worldly things…this is a good thing ..not a bad thing…most people go to a doctor and get on medication thinking something is wrong…theres nothing wrong ..dont number your days ..and your days wont be numbered

jfos's avatar

@Coloma Yes it sounds like the old “To be is to be perceived” concept. If a tree falls in the woods and nobody hears it, then it makes a hearable sound but not a heard sound. You’re right that there would be no measured time, but there would certainly be measurable time.

Coloma's avatar

I prefer to live in immeasurable time. haha

I have had a lot of time off lately and the more I am not required to follow clock time, the more I lose myself in the moments…I like it! :-)

angelaclaire's avatar

Do you like to read? I’ve had several surgeries, and immersing myself in books while I’m forced to sit around has saved my sanity many times. I also resort to movies, video games, board & card games, naps, genealogy/family history… And although it may not make time fly, this has also been a good time for me to sit down and do some things that I’ve been putting off: catching up on correspondence, bills, or accounts; setting goals; cleaning out my desk; looking through boxes of old stored stuff to clear things out (but don’t lift the boxes yourself!); etc.

It’s really important to be following doctors’ orders, especially during the antsy time of recuperation where you’re just feeling well enough to do stuff, and your boredom is driving you crazy, but your body isn’t really ready for “get-up-and-go” yet. I know it must sound cliche, but you should talk to your doctor about your activity level before jumping forward.

doctiresquire's avatar

i dont jump through hoops for anything

srtlhill's avatar

Getting older each year causes the second hand to move faster. I just don’t get it.

Sophief's avatar

Time flies when you are happy.

Strauss's avatar

Has anyone noticed that time seems to go faster as we get older (or is it just me)?

HungryGuy's avatar

Putting a clock in an airplane????

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