Have you ever wondered why time seems to be speeding up the older we get?
I began noticing that my weeks, months and years seem to be passing by at an ever increasingly rate as I grow older.
There's a reason why one summer seems to stretch out forever when you're a kid, but zips by before you know it when you're 30, and it’s something you have control over.
If we look back to when you’re a child, you’re seeing a lot of what the word has to offer for the first time, which is exposing you to new situations and stimuli. Things such as learning to read or write, riding a bike for the first time or even as simple as being in a new environment all create lasting memories. During this time in your life, you have a high volume of these memories which on reflection create the illusion of time passing by slowly.
As we get older, our exposure to new experiences is dramatically reduced. We naturally fall into the routine of daily life and it becomes very easy to maintain our comfort zone.
The key to slowing down time is to break this cycle. By living within your comfort zone, you’re reducing the amount of exposure to new stimulation and subsequent meaningful memories. When you look back over the course of a week, month or year, it’s only the new and exciting memories that create meaningful markers in time, the more markers you’re able to create the longer your brain perceives time, the rest of which is lost into a blur of erased time.
If you find yourself in the same situation as me, make a list of things you have always wanted to do, set aside some time and break the mould - you are in charge of slowing down the clock.
Craig Mallinson -