Stop and think a minute: How do you account for the passage of time in your life?
Standard units of time like seconds, hours, days, months, and years chop up time into chunks that seem sensible. But they have little to do with time as we actually experience it.
In practice, we also mark the time of our lives by other, much more personal units—in pet turtles, girlfriends, backpacks, softball gloves, hairstyles, graduations, wallets, phone numbers. The time units we choose say a lot about what we value.
But here’s an experiment: What if you were to measure the time of your life in other, very different units? Does life feel shorter? Longer? More absurd? More precious?
Now’s the time to find out. And if you happen to be a mayfly, we suggest you hurry up.
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