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The perception of time

Although some physicists would argue against the existence of time, we all do have a perception of time that reflects the reality of our lives on Earth.

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False pasts

Most of us forget more than we remember. We change memories to make sense of what has happened in our lives. When we then recall a memory, we reconstruct the events in our minds and even shape them to fit in with any new information.

Understand the future

Many of us think of our past as a kind of a video library where we can look at records of our lives. If memories were fixed like videotapes, you would find it difficult to imagine a new situation.

It is our past memories that help us imagine a future, and to preview future events. This skill of using the past to predict the future helps us try out different hypothetical scenarios before we commit.

Part of your sense of time passing is dictated by the number of new memories you have made. Time feels as if it is going more slowly when you are bored or feeling lonely or rejected.

In contrast, if life feels as though it's going fast, this could be a sign of a full life. If you lay down many new memories, in retrospect, it can feel as though ages passed.

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  • As adults, we spend much of the time on autopilot, with most of our attention on past, future, or hypothetical moments.
  • As children we’re immersed in present moment, which creates long, vivid days, with many more touchpoints for memory and appreciation.
  • Past is a memory that is gone in time
  • But we only remember or our mind will only remind us of moments that brought us tremendous joy or terrible misery.
  • Some people take positives and find ways to improve themselves
  • Some others live through the same mistakes over and over again, thinking it's thier fate.
  • Whatever happened in our past was due to the decisions we made in situations we felt were favorable to us and by foreseeing a better future.