G'day, First post here. Sorry if this is the wrong area. really glad there is a physics forum. I'm hoping people actually are relatively qualified here because I'm totally a beginner and purely researching for my own general interest and would love for some people to explain some things to me as I've got some Ideas on time and space that I don't quite understand. Ok so basically this is the way I'm seeing things with the universe and time etc... Please by all means feel free to prove me wrong as I'm only here sitting thinking about this stuff in my spare time, I'm not actually a studying student or anything. I don't know if all this stuff has been accepted or not, but this is basically just some things I've been pondering on. How does time, in a linear sense, actually exist? Other than as a practical idea. I'm starting to believe there is only 1 thing that actually exists. - 1 thing that can only ever be proven to exist. Which is, right now. Now, obviously photos exist of the past and things SEEM to happen as 'time' rolls on. BUT, that's not really enough for me. Now you can say, events and experiences have HAPPENED, however, they don't exist NOW. They DID exist, but right now? no. Nothing of the past exists - every micro-mili-billi-nano second we are a new. You could say there IS no past. It does not exist. So time really doesn't exist? Is it not an illusion of continuity? Is continuity not an illusion in and of itself? I *think* I'm really starting to grasp what Einstein meant when he said time is relative to the observer. Because it's an Idea, a practical tool for the mind to use, to operate through. A choice. Time 'rolling on' explained for myself - the Future doesn't really seem to exist either, only in our minds do we create fantasy scenarios and predictions but there is no future. If there is no future, we really have a choice of an infinite amount of options. I'm now starting to see that we can CHOOSE to see time in different ways. choose to observe time in different ways. Choose to EXPERIENCE time in different ways. choose to experience NOW in different ways. so, if time doesn't really exist, we really are only just experiencing now... in different ways. we instantaneously create a new dimension of reality in each split choice we consciously or unconsciously choose to make. I mean, do we not? IF I have option A and option B - and i choose A, then the reality path of A will unfold and B will cease to exist, however 'B' could've, but the determining factor was what I wanted to do moreso at the end of the day. So with that being said, in each moment we live, we create each moment. We decide each moment. We decide now. We choose the life we want, or what we 'perceive' we want, perceiving through the filter of our beliefs and definitions we hold about the world. So if I might have a negative view towards some parts of the world, and choose to FEEL angry and uptight, thinking about the past, thinking about the future, is that not creating more time? With experiencing less and more time. Ever heard of time flies when you're having fun? I think the more you put yourself in the 'moment', the more you put youreslf in the 'now', the less of 'time' you will experience. So if 'time' is an idea. Purely a practical idea, a 'mind creation'. It's like thinking inside your mind too much creates more and more time. Ever been in that moment where you're enjoying yourself so much, you're totally OUTSIDE of your head, you feel GREAT, you're choosing joy, fun, excitement, time really flies past without you realising it. The experience would actually contain less of time. Would that actually mean that the observer has somehow literally skipped 'time'? Or perhaps chosen to experience less of it as purely an idea? I mean you could go with so many directions with this... What's everyones thoughts with this so far>? Am I going in the right direction?