A Reflection on Time: Why it Keeps Speeding Up, And What It Means for Our Future (And Why We Should Relax)

David Huting

Have you begun to notice yet how the days, weeks, months, and even years seem to keep passing by faster and faster as we grow old? In light of some recent reading, I am compelled to offer my reflection on why this is, which is influenced by Einstein and two of his most important theories: that of relativity, and that of energy.  Before we proceed, let me share them with you:

the concepts of relativity include (as quoted from Wikipedia)
  • Measurements of various quantities are relative to the velocities of observers. In particular, space contracts and time dilates.

  • Spacetime: space and time should be considered together and in relation to each other.

  • The speed of light is nonetheless invariant, the same for all observers.


I had a slight revelation this morning which stemmed from reflecting on these two fundamental principles of existence (and with the help of Guy Murchie's "The Seven Mysteries of Life: An Exploration of Science and Philosophy"), which helped explain to me why time seems to keep speeding up on me so fast!

Time Is Relative
     Think about it this way: when you are an infant at just 2 years old of age, 1 year of your life was 50% of your entire life worth of experiences.  When you are 30 years old, 1 year of your life represents a mere 3% of your total lifespan.  Simply put, it's all relative.  Now consider how far 1 mile seemed to you when were 2 years old, let alone 100; now that you're older, what does a mile feel like to you?  Enter the light year: while right now it is nearly inconceivable for us to perceive traveling nearly 6 trillion miles, perhaps it is just because we haven't traveled the first one yet?

Energy Cannot be Destroyed
     If not for the atomic energy that binds our atoms together - creating our human body - we would be mere elements blowing in the wind.  Considering the universal law of Energy made famous by Einstein "Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another," what implications does that have for us as we attempt to perceive where we are heading?

Endless Expansion: The Snowball Effect Of Increased Awareness
     Regardless of your belief about where you came from, and where you are going, one simple thing I hope we can agree on is that you ARE something, and you cannot stop the forces of time and energy. Hoping that you share my belief (and that of many great Prophets before us) that we are eternal & spiritual beings manifesting in human form to gain wisdom through experience, what does this mean for what is to come beyond the barrier we call "death"?  If we indeed have an eternal soul that grows throughout many incarnations over countless lifetimes, what happens as our awareness continues to expand along with the universe itself?

     Considering energy can never be destroyed, and the fact that the universe is ever-expanding, we have two opposing yet fundamental thought systems to choose between:  One is to try and restrict the flow of time by attempting to control and plan for every passing minute, hour, day and month.  Another - which is my thought system of choice - is to try and not let the difference of a few hours, even years deter us from our life's goals.  We can stress about never getting enough done, or we can embrace the fact that time will never stop slowing down - and not let the worries that normally come along with running out of time bother us on a daily basis.  

     Regardless of what you decide, what you can do, is embrace a spirit of excitement for what lie ahead - and use our newly refreshed knowledge of the laws of time and energy to remind us that despite it all, one minute is still one minute.  What we decide to do with each passing minute?  Well, that is completely up to us...we can relax, embrace and enjoy it as it passes through our fingers, or spend it worrying about the future.  Which do you choose?  

My reflection: When I ponder what lies in store for us in the years to come, I cannot help but get a feeling of excitement.  Let me be clear: I am not certainly not excited about the fact that time won't seem to slow down on me (is it already almost Thankgiving!?)!  That being said, taking a step back to reflect on the larger perspective, and in light of these most recent revelations, I can't help but become excited to think about the discoveries we as individuals and as a collective whole (after all, you are to humanity what your cells are to your body) will be rewarded with as we continue to expand and experience the divine Mysteries and gifts of Life together :)


  • The unknown still scares me…I wish I could keep hold of the “excitement” idea…Most of the time when I really think of Death…..it’s like a kick in the stomach

    Nancy on
  • I often face this question. My response has been the same. I work with babies everyday but personally I am a senior. Everything is relative.

    ALmablanca on

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