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May 28, 2019 15:36:34

The speed of life

by @keenencharles | 211 words | 16🔥 | 254💌

Keenen Charles

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It's a common feeling that times moves faster as we get older. The days quickly turn into months and birthdays come and go with little warning. As a child a week felt like ages, birthdays were impatiently awaited.

My theory is that life feels slower when you're younger because you're almost always experiencing something new. New experiences slow down life. When you go somewhere for the first time it feels like it takes forever. The more you go there the shorter the journey feels.

As an adult we get locked into routines and we know every inch of our surroundings. Journeys that are rare, we've taken a dozen times already. Our home towns are as familiar as ourselves. Most weeks we spend in a rigid routine with few variations. Everything naturally feels faster because there's few things that give us pause. The significant memories at the end of a week are usually those unusual events that stood out.

I think the only way around it is to constantly inject new experiences into life. Maybe at first in small ways like taking a different route home or trying new restaurants. And eventually in larger ways like traveling and experiencing new cultures. That way life doesn't pass us by before we know it.

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    @keenencharles "Everything naturally feels faster because there's few things that give us pause....I think the only way around it is to constantly inject new experiences into life." I recently wrote something similar too and came to the same conclusions. And have you seen this? Great site summing up all this: https://www.maximiliankiener.com/digitalprojects/time/

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 29, 2019 22:20:17
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      @jasonleow great post and I love this line "And those precious, explosive moments then, now collapse back under its own weight, turning heart-achingly dark and lightless." I get that feeling after any trip.

      That site scares me lol it goes by so quickly after 30. But the theory that our perception of time is relative to our absolute time is brilliant.

      Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | May 29, 2019 11:58:07
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      @keenencharles that site scares me too haha. though it probably had done its job by bringing out that emotion

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 30, 2019 19:35:26
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    @keenencharles "why does time move faster as we get older?" everyone feels that but hardly to tell. Your theory is an aha moment for me.
    When there is a new problem, a new job or a new place, we find time is slow and kind of annoying to go through, because every second forces you to go out of your comfort zone. So, if you keep sensitive to challenge yourself with something new or difficult, the speed of time would slow down as your learning rate.

    5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | May 29, 2019 08:15:53
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      @5plus6 agreed challenges make time feel slower as well. I think it's all about finding ways to live (new experiences & challenges) that take us out of our comfort zone.

      Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | May 29, 2019 11:59:51
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