Recognition of our actual state in any moment is always incomplete
for two reasons (at least):
1. Everything happens before we know it.
"Reaction Time" is one measure of this truth.
2. Everything is in motion,
everything is a moving target,
including ourselves. Recognition comes after the fact.
Everything WE do,
we do before we know it
and even the "skillful self-corrections" we dobegin before we know it.
The arising of self
happens before we know it.
Thus, recognition of our actual state in any moment is always incomplete
and that recognition, partial and approximate
subject to the up-burgeoning
So there's always something left, not recognized, that we are operating AS.
And so, we REALLY don't know how far behind Actuality we are.
If anyone REALLY "got into the Now", they would have no experience, whatever.