If you look into a mirror, you will see a younger you. The image that bounces back to you was you when you were just a tiny bit younger.
Your reflection also will be a fraction of a second older than when you first looked into the mirror. Time has moved forward in the microsecond that allowed your image to speed to the mirror and return back to your eyes.
These sound like contradictions. How can your image be a younger you when time has moved into the future? Can I actually be younger in the future? Perhaps this is possible depending on our perspective. If we examine a stationary world using clocks, calendars, and newspapers, we will see each day as another step into the future. If our frame of reference is expanded to include a moving universe, carrying us to a different time, we might find ourselves actually getting younger rather than older.
What? How is that possible? Well, as we travel at increased speeds, time actually slows down. We age less at these higher accelerations. Of course, nobody knows what happens as you enter a black hole, but some scientists believe that time stops and then reverses itself.
Most scientists think that the “red shift” is an indicator that our universe is expanding at an increasing speed. It is more likely that our universe is collapsing at an accelerating speed. The red shift would result from either expansion or contraction (expanding away has the same red shift effect as shrinking away from other objects in the universe, except when gravity rules as it does within galaxies and between close galaxies like the Milky Way and Andromeda), but with entropy in play with expansion, contraction is the more logical conclusion since the speeds are accelerating.
If we are, in fact, shrinking exponentially, we should be able to see the light from ancient galaxies. As it turns out, we can. If we were expanding rapidly, we would not be able to see the ancient galaxies because their light would have sped by us at the speed of light billions of years ago.
So as we stare into space, we see ancient galaxies that may include our atoms when they were much younger. Since they no longer exist, how can we see them if we are moving away from the Big Bang? It is more likely that we are collapsing back toward the Big Bang and that is why we can see ourselves when we were younger.