It can be quite a daunting thing. It doesn’t stop or wait for anyone. It’s an unstoppable force. Scientifically, under normal conditions on Earth, time cannot slow or speed up and definitely cannot stop, but I think we all experience these phenomena in our lives all the time.
Time can seem to run at a different pace depending on what we are doing. Some days may seem to last forever, while others are over before we even know it. This can extrapolate over years and decades and before we know it we’re no longer a teenager, or a young adult, and so on. I find it quite scary how I can still remember some events about a decade ago like they were just yesterday.
Time is harsh though. When we want it to slow, it speeds up, and when we want it to speed up, it slows down. Then there are moments when we just want time to stop. We just want to stay in a place or moment for the rest of our lives, because it’s just perfect. In a way, time does stop during those times, because those moments stay with us. In our minds, that moment is frozen as an image or feeling. This makes me think that time affects our environment and our minds separately. We can’t control time around us, but we can control it in our minds.
I think that a good example of how we can control time in our minds is actually when we are not thinking consciously; when sleeping. Sometimes it seems as though we wake up moments after we fall asleep, even though in reality we have actually slept for a couple of hours. Other times, our dreams seem to last for hours or even days, depending on the context of the dream. I find that it is very difficult to tell how long I’ve slept for if there is not a clock present when I wake up.
But can we time travel? Or does time travel past us? Yet again, I think that time in our minds can disobey the physical law of time in the universe, and can take us back to some memories that we may have stored subconsciously. I say this because there can be some things that suddenly spark a memory, and seem to take me back to a moment in the past. This can happen quite commonly with something like a song that was heard in a memorable moment. On the other hand, I think that travelling to the future is much more difficult, which I think is a good thing.
Unfortunately, however we may try to control time in our minds, the reality is that it is still constantly moving forward, never stopping or waiting for us. We cannot fight against time in reality, so we might as well also constantly move forward with it, making the most of what it gives us and remembering that the past is not always lost, but can be frozen in our minds however we want to remember it.