When I was a child, it seemed like ages before Christmas came. With a blink of an eye, 2018 is almost done.
Why is that time seems to go more quickly as we get older? There seems to be a few theories behind this. One is that the percentage of time we have lived plays a part. As a 5 year old, a year is 20% of your life. As a 50 year old, it’s 2%.
Another is that time flies when you are having fun. Are we always having fun as adults? Maybe this works because we are choosing more of what we want to do rather than have it chosen for us as children. If something isn’t right, we change it.
There’s one that says we get stuck in routines. As children, we are always experiencing new things, new sights, sounds and feelings so our brain registers these as events. However if we are doing the same things, day in day out, our brain doesn’t bother to register as it’s been there and done that.
According to this theory, if we experience more new things, we can seemingly slow time down.
Since we can’t do anything about the percentage of time and we want to do things that are enjoyable, what we can do is consciously choose to have new experiences and activities in our lives.
Otherwise before you know it, you’ll be wondering where the last decade went. Happy exploring!