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Time is Relative … and Accelerating (My Christmas Theory of Time)

Author: Mark Dixon
Sunday, October 9, 2011
3:50 pm

Dave Kearns just commented on a Facebook photo of me at Richfield (Idaho) High School graduation, asking, “were we ever that young?”.

Great question, Dave.  It is hard to believe, but yes, over 40 years ago, when the photo of that skinny, dark-haired earlier me was taken, I was young.

That made me think of a theory I have about the relativity of time.  Do you remember when you were 5 years old?   Back then, I measured years from Christmas to Christmas.  It seemed that it took forever for another Christmas to come around.

But when I was 5 years old, a full twenty percent of my life had to pass before another Christmas would come.  Relative to my life experience, it did take a long time.

Now, however, only 1.7% of my life passes between Christmases. (You can figure out the math). And every year, the percentage becomes smaller.  If I live long enough, the time between Christmases will approach zero.

In the mean time, I can be thankful for the fact that I really once was that young, and can revel in the current reality that my youngest daughter is now a senior in high school, having experiences akin to what I had 40 years ago, and that my grandchildren are also learning to spread their wings and fly!

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