... I've discovered why.
(I often reply: "You are looking from the outside in ... you
should see it from the inside, looking out!". But, I won't
need to say that any more).
We say: "Time flies, when you're having fun".
But 'Time' doesn't 'fly'. It can't. It's not a bird.
What that means is: Time SEEMS TO ALMOST STAND STILL ... when
you're doing something you are utterly engrossed in.
(I once nearly set my kitchen on fire, by being engrossed in what I
was doing on my computer).
For a large portion of my life, I worked (professionally) as a
Computer Programmer/Analyst. And I was completely engrossed in it.
It would get to 2:00am, and I'd still be at the office, puzzling
over some "computer bug".
And it would seem like "Only a few hours" to me.
Well ... apparently ... it WAS "Only a few hours" as far as
me AGEING ... even though ... in 'normal time' ... I'd
been at it for 14 hours or so.
But I only AGED a few hours. The 'time' that was apparent
Apparently, that's the way it works.
And, funnily enough, I know someone else like that. He was born the
same year as me (1944), and works as an Engineer. That's another
profession that really 'engrosses' someone. And he doesn't look '69'
either (full head of hair, etc. etc. Still beats all comers at
Squash. There's a saying ... which I just invented: "Old
Engineers never die ... they just lose the thread")
So there. Get engrossed in what you are really good at doing ... and
you can slow down your ageing process.