Time Distortion and Rabbit Holes

“A big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff…” –The Tenth Doctor

Alice: “How long is forever?”
White Rabbit: “Sometimes, just one second.”
― Lewis Carroll

Whew.  A very, very strange couple of weeks.

I haven’t felt like I’ve been moving in slow motion, but time has speeded up all around me. Like, I’ve done one little thing that shouldn’t even take that long to do, and all of a sudden, the whole day is gone. It is a very surreal sensation.

I read some sort of science-y article a few months’ back about why time speeds up when we get older, but couldn’t find it again, but it’s similar to this (I thought it was on brainpickings, but no luck): https://www.sciencefocus.com/science/why-does-time-speed-up-when-you-get-older/.

What was even weirder is that I read on a fellow blogger’s blog that they had something similar happen to them. Like I said over there in the comments, I was like “time for my lunch break” and then realized it was almost four o’clock.

So, of course, what do I do about tackling this time management/productivity issue? Why, go to the library and get four books about time management strategies, of course (well, one’s about building yourself as a brand, but close enough)!





So, back into the rabbit hole, as it’s already THREE O’CLOCK here.

How’s all ya’ll’s week been?

36 thoughts on “Time Distortion and Rabbit Holes

  1. I think it’s something to do with how many impressions our brains register in a minute. When we’re young, our brains register a lot more impressions from the outside world which makes time seem to go slower. Or something like that. Just shows how illusory time is.

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  2. Another thing we have in common: got a problem or conundrum, head to the library for answers! Love it. Same here with the time distortion. But I think the one-heck-uva-roller-coaster-ride I’m on has a bit to do with that? I don’t think I have ever been so sad, happy, blessed, excited, miserable, confused, calm, centered, ad infinity… in the last few weeks… WooWee!

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    1. Yes, for sure—re: library and roller coaster rides!

      “Because that’s what Hermione does,’ said Ron, shrugging. ‘When in doubt, go to the library.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


  3. This last week was a bit like that for me. It seemed like hours just flew by. I don’t think the short days of winter help that perception much. Even down in Southern New Mexico, it feels like the sun just gets properly up in the sky when it’s already going down again and suddenly its night. I wonder if vampires have the opposite problem. Summer nights just get going and then darn it, time to go back to the coffin!

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      1. In winter, we definitely get more time for observing, but it’s a real marathon and we certainly don’t get to the coffin early. It’s not uncommon to only get six hours of sleep per day and then crawl out of the crypt and back at it again! Summer gives lots of time for sleep, but only short — and in the Southwest, often stormy– night. Autumn and spring are really the optimal observing times.

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  4. Okay so I’m glad you shared this. Sometimes this happens to me and I just thought it was another example of losing my frigging mind! Glad to know I’m not alone.

    But I’ll also be curious to see if those time management books help you.

    Oh, and the “speeding up all around you”…I feel like everyone moves so much faster than I do. Walking, driving, just life in general. Sometimes it’s overwhelming. I never used to feel this way, but I wonder if it’s combination with the lockdown and I stay home most of the time anyway (even before lockdown), but now everyone is frantic and ready to reclaim “normal” so there’s more of frenetic desperation? I don’t know…I just found your post informative yet also comforting and now I’m rambling. Apologies!

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    1. I know, right? I was like “what’s happening” especially when I’m used to “gettin’ stuff done” at an efficient pace. I feel so off my game. *laugh* And, yes, it is really overwhelming! And no worries, it didn’t seem rambling–besides, I love rambling!

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  5. I find I’m dreaming my stories much more frequently these days. All the plots have my personal involvement, and the margin between sleeping and waking is so narrow I often waken convinced I am in some foreign town, or late to catch mu connection, or appointed to meet someone I have never known in real life. The transfer between worlds is almost seamless, so the choice of realities becomes (momentarily) confused. And yes, time is always an ingredient.

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