Does our perspective change?

Perspective is defined as:
A particular attitude towards or way of regarding something; a point of view.

As I continue to look for the perfect job, which annoyingly involves time and even having to decline opportunities, a younger me would have always said “a job is a job”. You know, you simply work and get on with it. At this age, and having done extremely well at university, I now realise that perspective changes. We look at things differently as we grow in maturity.

Why do we see things differently?

Short answers as to why we see things differently is almost impossible. There are loads of factors as to why we see things differently. The main ones, though, include:

  • Relevancy. Things simply become different because they are no longer as relevant as they once were. Money and age, for example, can easily change relevancy.
  • Life itself changes perspective. As we walk through life we see things in a different light. This is due to life experience.
  • Our inner child changes perspectives too. Compared to who we are now our “younger you” seen things completely differently. Go back to one of your childhood places, for instance, to see that your older self will pick up on different things. Perhaps the same place looks much smaller than it really seemed before?
Photo of two heads making a vase shape.

Do you see two heads or a vase? Perspective influences what you can and cannot see. Source.

Perspective changes because it is apart of life itself. It is one of life’s mysteries. No matter what way you see your life as being right now, or how it once was in the past, enjoy it. Soak it all up. Live your life.

Reference

  1. Oxford Dictionary.
  2. Life experience.

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Rewind the past, fast forward to the future

Sometimes we can really wish a time can be re-visited, for example, a dinner or another celebration with friends/family. At other times we might want to fast forward time because we are having a bad day.

Time cannot be changed

One of the best things about life is that time cannot be changed, slowed down or speed up. 24 hours will always take 24 hours (read more in the time post).

Enjoy every moment

Since we cannot change time it is important to really enjoy every moment, right now, at this very moment in time.

How time really does change!

One minute will always be 60 seconds, but our view of what goes on within a single minute can change drastically. Let me explain why:

Our child view of time

I do not know about you, but whenever I was a child time flew by! I am now an adult, in my twenties, but whenever I think about my childhood it seems to have gone by in a flash.

Of course some people will argue that this is a sign of a good childhood, one full of lots of stuff, good stuff because it went by quickly. If you are one of these people (with this perspective), you would be right – childhood for me was, luckily, very good.

I’ll do my homework at 7pm … It’s 7:07pm, too late to do it

As a child looking at the clock, I often thought that time was stupid, even long(er) than it really was. It reminded me of boring trips to the supermarket, or sitting in the back seat of a car thinking that the roads never ended.

But the point I am trying to make, is that, as adults our view changes – for the better, of course. Time becomes precious, and with responsibility time also becomes productive! As we begin to focus on something, we can find that our use of time is better. Better in the sense that what we do within a time frame can surprise us.

Young adult, young child

Using the quote above (about putting off homework, and then realising that it wasn’t exactly that time, thus it was too late to do), an adult’s view of time is so different than a child’s view of it. It’s not necessary better because (in this example) putting off homework was a good thing as a child.

As an adult we tend to spend most of our time trying to fill our time wisely, if that makes sense?

Let’s meet after dinner to arrange that …

As adults we fill our lives with people and places. We feel the need to do something, like blogging, for example. We don’t do something without saying what we are doing. Is this us trying to justify what we are spending our time on? Maybe!

Time liked with association

As adults our ability to recall something is increased if we can remember doing something with time. So it would be fair to say that linking time with people and places means that our use of it is a little better. We tend to appreciate it more.

Whatever it is, time is precious. We cannot get it back. Yesterday becomes the past, tomorrow’s thoughts are what we hope to fill the future with. Appreciate your time, albeit surfing the web, just remember that we do not get it back, so whatever you do, make sure you don’t regret it.

How are you going to spend your time tomorrow?

Just a day

So you will have gathered that I am in the middle of my exams, but I am also, for the first time, having a lot of time to actually reflect on time itself. Not that I was ever getting less time before, but my use of time is much more efficient than it was a few weeks ago.

What is a day?

Strictly speaking a day consists of twenty four hours, or 1440 minutes. Whatever way you look at it may depend on how you use your day, rather than it just being another day.

Self-made study clock

Clock showing different activities

This is a quick mock of my imaginary clock, the day before I prepare to study. Why can’t I pack everyday like this? If not studying, doing something, simply rest time. Or is it just me?

Revision: longer hours

For example, during the year I used to potter about, at a slow(er) pace to get things done, now that I am under time pressure (due to exam timetables) I have to make proper use of my time. As a result, my minutes often need to be exhausted, positively. My hours need to be used wisely, and my days need to be planned to maximise what I can do in them.

Importance of having a viewpoint

In this case I am directly referring to myself and my exams. But time management is really important for each and every one of us! I have found that having a focus (by having a deadline) has made me use my time better than I have been doing. In a previous post, titled time, I acknowledged that time is precious etc. But I didn’t acknowledge:

  • production – productivity – of how much more can be done in a day, a week, a month, a year …
  • the power of our mind over time constraints
  • really appreciating a good rest
  • appreciating time to cook a homemade meal – one that takes a few hours, and gets everyone talking about good food (and drink)

How to adjust our own time?

Well, one thing is certain in life: life will continue to ‘tick’ regardless of what we think, what we do, and how we do it. So use your time wisely – do something you want to do! How? Adjust your clock – make your day full of things you can do, things you will remember – one day you might be lucky enough to reminenance on the good times. Something is better than nothing! Good luck doing it too.

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