It’s not just you… time is flying by. The older I get, the faster it goes, and weeks – even years, start to blend together into one big blur. Don’t worry, this blog post isn’t going to dwell on getting older, or that I’ll never be 8 years old again. Being the eternal optimist that I am, I’m going to brainstorm how I can fix this.
Looking at this systematically as I would with any problem, if my perception of time going faster is what’s “broken”, then at what point would I consider it working correctly? The general consensus would say sometime from the toddler through adolescent age ranges, and I agree. But why?
When I was 8, summer seemed to last forever. Do I think about all the times I was inside sleeping or eating a meal, or when I was outside exploring? I remember being outside playing and discovering the world on my own. A dandelion was a wondrous flower and I could pull every petal from it, one by one. I was taking it all in… the scent, the color, the experience. The world offered so many new things my mind couldn’t get enough of it.
Now fast forward to the present day. Those scents, colors and experiences have been done too many times to stimulate my mind. A dandelion is just a dandelion, and the only time I feel compelled to pick it out of the ground is when I’m doing yard work. Life has become automatic. My drive to work, my job, my week nights… even my weekends, all have become somewhat automatic and routine. This is the main reason time (and life) flies by, and it doesn’t have to be this way. My solution to slowing down time: remember more!
I can quit putting off that vacation and go out and create new experiences. If I don’t have the money for it now, there are plenty of cheap (or free) things I can do to stimulate my mind in the meantime. How about I take a new route to work sometimes, and really observe and take-in my surroundings? Or I can try a new creative hobby like painting or sculpting. If I really get my hands dirty and keep with it I may even have a finished product that I will actually show to someone. Eating at a new restaurant with a unique cuisine would change it up for me too. Right now, I’ve started learning Spanish with a free app called Duolingo. Ten minutes a day over lunch is all it takes. I can actually feel my brain working more as I discover each new word.
The simple truth is, time only flies by because I let it. I have to want to live my life, and live a life that’s worth living. It almost seems too simple: The more new experiences I create and memories I make, the less time flies by. It’s worth a try, right? What do I have to lose?