Have you ever been frozen in time?
You may have been. Have you ever gone to a high school reunion, expecting to find a room full of 17 and 18 year olds, and shocked, instead, to discover that everyone had aged - just like you? Or, visited a place you haven't been to in many years, to find how much it's changed?
I sometimes ride the subway in my native New York City, where I spent the first 21 years of my life. Before I left, I used mass transit all the time - my family never owned a car. (Back in the 50's and 60's, non car owing families were common in the City.) I've visited New York City a number of times since I left, and sometimes I use mass transit. When I ride the subway, a art of me knows how the subways look, sound, smell nowadays - but a part of me expects to see token booths and does not expect Metro Cards and people listening to music on their phones.
Another example: I lived in Tampa, Florida for a couple of years back in the 1970's, and visited the Orlando area several times during that time. I've been back to Tampa twice since then, the most recent visit being in March, and have been in the Orlando area three times. A part of me knows that Orlando is a city of skyscrapers and theme park sprawl but I'm amazed when I'm there, because Orlando wasn't like that at all in the 1970's. I-4 was not a superhighway, and Tampa's downtown was several sort of tallish buildings. Today I would, and did, get so lost in downtown Tampa that it's amazing I'm still not wandering around looking for the exit.
Yes, at times I am frozen. Frozen in time, suspended in a time that no longer exists, and not knowing what to make of it.
Has this happened to you?