And its had me thinking about time perception and how our lives are totally dominated by it. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? The emotions we feel in the moment directly affect our perception of time.
Negative emotions in particular seem to bring time to people’s attention and so make it seem longer. People often say the years pass more quickly as they get older. While youthful summers seemed to stretch on into infinity, the summers of your later years zip by in the blink of an eye.
A common explanation for this is that everything is new when we are young so we pay more attention; consequently it feels like time expands. With age, though, new experiences diminish and it tends to be more of the same, so time seems to pass more quickly. Setting aside emotions, age and all the rest, our experience of time is also affected by who we are.
"All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages."