In the early years of life, time stretches forward in linear fashion. You look forward to what will come. You look forward to what you will become. In the latter years of life, time (perception) becomes circular. You find yourself looking backward and looking forward. You recognize patterns. Events repeat themselves.
These phenomena may be experienced on different levels. Here is a simple example: I have been hunting for the past two days. Unlike my youth, the experience is not typified by new discoveries. It is typified by past memories. The sounds and the smells evoke traces from my past. I’m filled with reminiscence as much as I am with anticipation. Life is meant to be more than a linear experience. It is best when the best is lived over and over again.