During the peak of the Covid shutdown, it seemed to me that time really dragged by; but now that things (i.e. tennis) are getting back to normal, time seems to be flying by.
Where’d the Summer Go?
The last time I looked, it was the start of July and we were facing our first summer spent in Florida (instead of driving north to DeDe’s New Hampshire homestead on Lake Sunapee). But all of a sudden now, it is the fall and the summer is over!
First, a comment on the Florida summer… yes, it was regularly hot and humid; and you had to pace yourself playing tennis; but it was doable (not that we don’t plan on The Wachtel Family Traveling Circus traveling north next summer).
Living in Slow Time
One of my favorite authors, Stephen King wrote of a conversation between a grandfather and his grandson (in one of his short stories, I believe). The old man said something like, “Son, you live in Slow Time … where you sit in class at the end of the school year and watch the clock as the seconds tick by. I live in Fast Time … where I ask why they are already putting up Christmas decorations and realize it is November.”
So, perhaps it is just a factor of age; but I don’t think so. During the Covid shutdown, we all could get some form of exercise: walking, biking, hitting on a practice wall. But what we lacked was the social interaction of being with our friends. That isolation, I believe, is what made the time drag by; and has now allowed it to speed up once again.
Psychologists report that same kind of social isolation is negatively impacted children who had been out of school for many months; and some of whom are now dealing with “virtual school.”
How about YOU, what sense of time passing do you have?
P.S. On CT Calcium Scans – Thanks to Evert and all the other responders, I have scheduled my test for next week!
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