The Blurred Days Of Our Lives
Good grief, it's Friday again. It seems like just a minute ago I was turning off the alarm on Monday morning. Ever feel like that? I really thought the last two weeks would stretch on forever, as my morning show co-host, Chris, was gone for most of that time, and that usually makes the weeks seem longer.
It certainly was that way when I was young. Waiting for the next holiday, or a birthday or, most importantly, summer break was agony. But lately I've noticed that days are almost a continual blur going by.
The subjective feeling that time seems to pass more quickly as we get older is a common phenomenon that has been observed and studied by psychologists and neuroscientists. There are several theories that attempt to explain why this happens.
One theory suggests that our perception of time is related to the amount of new experiences we have. When we are young, we are constantly learning and experiencing new things, which makes time seem to pass more slowly. As we get older and settle into routines, we have fewer new experiences, and time seems to go by more quickly.
Another theory proposes that our sense of time is related to the amount of attention we pay to it. When we are young, we tend to be more focused on the present moment and have a greater awareness of the passage of time. As we get older, we become more preoccupied with responsibilities and worries, and we are less attentive to the present moment, which makes time seem to pass more quickly.
Some researchers have suggested that changes in our brain as we age may also affect our perception of time. Specifically, it is thought that changes in the way that the brain processes information and retrieves memories may cause us to perceive time differently.
There is no one definitive answer to why time seems to pass more quickly as we get older, it is likely a combination of various factors related to our experiences, attention, and brain function.
One other thing factors in to our perception of time as we get older.
As we age, it is natural to start thinking more about our mortality and the fact that our time on this earth is finite. This can be a challenging and difficult process to navigate, but there are some strategies that can help.
Firstly, it can be helpful to acknowledge and accept our mortality as a natural part of the human experience. This can involve reflecting on the fact that everyone eventually dies, and that our time here is precious and limited. Accepting this reality can help us to live more fully in the present moment, and to make the most of the time that we have. It also helps us squeeze every bit out of every minute, which can add to the blur of days going by.
Secondly, it can be helpful to focus on the things that bring us meaning and purpose in life. This might involve spending time with loved ones, pursuing hobbies and interests, or engaging in meaningful work or volunteer activities. By focusing on what gives our lives meaning, we can create a sense of purpose and fulfillment that can help us to feel more at peace with our mortality.
I guess I don't mind that the days seem to be going by faster and faster. I really wouldn't want to go back to that childhood agony of trying to get from sunrise to sunset. No there's a sense in me that if a person's life is so busy that it seem like they leap from day to day they are living life correctly.