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Aliens!

Aliens! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Time goes by so fast. It’s a cliché, of course, but is it just me or does time really seem to be going by faster than ever before?

Kids grow up in the blink of an eye. One day a 40-year-old woman is bringing in pictures of her granddaughter for all the world to see and exclaiming, “I know I’m partial, but she is the most beautiful baby girl ever!”

She will enjoy being called “granny,” but life will continue to stream past her at the speed of music being played. Minutes will flow into hours into days into weeks into months into years. Then, she’ll be old and wondering where the time went.

Why does time seem to be going faster?

My theory is it’s probably the aliens.

No, not anyone that is human and enters the country illegally.

I think it’s the real aliens. The ones from outer space. The ones that scare the bejesus out of us in sci-fi and horror movies.

But what if they are not bad aliens? What if they are actually just trying to speed time up, or at least our perception of it in order to make us all understand we share yet something else in common?

No matter what you do or where you live, if you think your life is good or bad, it’s going by fast. Very fast.

Steve Miller Live

Steve Miller Live (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I want the next week to go by really, really fast,” says Sheila.

“Why’s that?”

“I’m going on vacation to the beach,” says Sheila to her friend Jan.

“Then when I’m on the beach, I want things to move really, really slowly.”

“I want it to feel like I’ve been on the beach forever.”

“I know sometimes it seems like time moves slowly and if there’s a way at all to make it feel like that, this is when I want time to stand still (if it’s possible at all).”

Good luck with that.

But, the operative word in Sheila’s little opine on time to Jan is “feel.” Make it “feel” like it’s moving slowly or standing still.

The aliens could be behind all this time manipulation.

The alien plan probably involves the understanding that they themselves cannot do time travel. They cannot control the rate at which time passes. But maybe they’re onto something else. Maybe they’ve figured out how to alter our perception of how time passes and they’ve mastered it. Perhaps they are able to do this so well that they’re continually doing it now—to all of us.

Think about it. Say we’re all in agreement that time seems to be passing fast. This perception of the rate at which time passes inspires us to do things like “enjoy the moment.”

So and so hits their 400th home run, flips his bat and rounds the bases. The crowd goes wild. The announcers shut up. They let the crowd noise take over so everyone, including the guy that hit the home run, the people in the stands, the people watching from their phones, tablets and TV’s, the people listening on the radio, all of them, can enjoy the moment.

Maybe the aliens never actually show what passes for them as faces. Maybe their faces are hideous like some of the aliens depicted by Hollywood and so they can’t really let us in on what their physical presence looks like because it would scare the bejesus out of us.

Aliens might not be all creepy-looking after all. They might not be bad guys either. I know Hollywood has in the past portrayed good aliens like E.T.

I’d like to suggest that the real aliens’ forms are metaphysical. They exist but cannot be seen. And they are here to teach us something about ourselves.

No matter what happens, no matter how mundane or exciting our lives seem to be at any given moment, time moves faster all the time, or so it seems. In addition to sharing this perception, perhaps the aliens are also attempting to show us the importance of enjoying our moments—the good ones that bring us joy and smiles.

We all have that, too, in common. As the ancient philosopher Steve Miller once rhapsodized, “Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’, into the future.”

So it does. So it does.

Will you allow aliens success and enjoy your moments before it does?

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  1. Ha! A very interesting theory! The only time I remember feeling that time was moving slowly is when I was a child waiting for summer holidays; and even the summer holidays passed slowly and felt like a really good break from school. Time definitely feels like it goes fast now though!

    But all is not lost. Let’s remember that Steve Miller also said, “I don’t know, but I’ve been told; if you keep on dancing, you’ll never grow old…” ❤

    Diana xo

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    • Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance for all night long! Keep up the great grooves and riffs, Diana. Thanks for your one-of-a-kind insights and also for another Mr. Miller reference. Keep on rockin, me, baby, too! 🙂

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  2. AH! When your are 6 years old a year is 1/6 of your life. Time is immeasurably slow
    When you are 60 years old, a year is 1/60 of your life. Time whizzes by.
    At 66 it’s hard to stop and smell the flowers of today, because by tomorrow they will be gone.
    But, then, another season comes quickly and there are new flowers to replace the ones you missed.
    A minute is still 60 seconds, but the second-fractions of life gets tinier and tinier.
    It must be the alien thing.
    Seemingly less time in older age to feel all the aches and pains. Maybe.

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    • Love that, Carla. Always such complimentary thoughts to whatever I’ve written. Time keeps movin’ for sure, but I’ll always do my best to keep up. Thanks for reading and for your ongoing support!

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