My actual personal experience of time is remarkably fluid and flexible. Although it is divided into so-called equal chunks – seconds, minutes, hours, and so on – I don’t actually experience it like this.
We all know the perception of time shortens and elongates according to our situation. An hour in the dentist’s chair is not the same length as an hour of inexpressible delight.
Yet, amazingly, when we leave the dentist or our source of delight, the rest of the world catches up with us, or has hung about waiting for us to catch up with it. This must be an incredibly complex process!
It is like when we are trying to catch a train. We get up, look at our watches, and see there is plenty of time. Loads of it. We congratulate ourselves for getting up so early, and have a leisurely breakfast.
We glance at our watch again. Where has all that time gone? Why, after having all that time to spare, do we have to throw the last cup of tea down the sink, grab our stuff in panic, and run for the train? How did that happen?
Time is a complicated business, my friend. Einstein just paddled in the shallows.