Time. My, how does it fly?
On many occasion, I’ve looked at my watch after playing a good tabletop match or an intense painting session only to find that hours have disappeared. You start a 50pt game at 2pm only to find that it’s 6 or 7pm when you’re done, and now your stomach is growling from lack of food.
It is weird that we are surprised by the passing of time. Time is a natural phenomenon, basically a ticking-away of events and experience. We physically live within the passage of time. When we see a child for the first time after a year away, we are shocked by how much this person has grown. It’s natural to get older with time. Why are we surprised? Rather, we should be more surprised if the child did not grow at all!
If time is natural and we are naturally and physically affected by time (e.g., we get old), then the mental disconnect, such that we are surprised when time passes is simply weird.
Maybe there’s an explanation: I think the surprise we experience by the passing of time is because the experience of time is unnatural to us. When we are having fun, when things engage our creative side, we lose track of time because in those moments, we discover unexpectedly that we are unnatural; we live an experience that is supernatural.
Games and hobbies are enjoyable, because we literally leave this physical world behind, and learn, even subtly, that we might belong somewhere else that is more natural to us (and it may not be this physical space).