Wildy the Journeyman (into_the_wild) wrote,
Wildy the Journeyman

:: How to Slow Time Down ::

:: How to Slow Time Down ::

Dan said, time passes faster when we grow older.
This is because the passage of time is relative to where we are - the juncture in our lives.
When we are six years ago, a year is one-sixth of our lives.
But when we are sixty, a year is one-sixtieth of our lives. 
In relative terms, it passes more quickly.
Then how do we slow time down?
One interesting way is to constantly engage in new experiences.
New experiences are processed differently - and time slows back down to when we were kids.
In fact, living in the monotony of one's daily chores makes each day the same as the others,
And results in time seeming to pass more quickly.

Burkhard Bilger wrote in the New Yorker,
"This explains why we think that time speeds up when we grow older,"
Eagleman said-why childhood summers seem to go on forever, while old age
slips by while we're dozing. The more familiar the world becomes, the
less information your brain writes down, and the more quickly time seems
to pass. "Time is this rubbery thing...it stretches out when you really
turn your brain resources on, and when you say, ‘Oh, I got this,
everything is as expected,' it shrinks up."

So what new experiences are available? Plenty, I would think.
But it takes effort to forsake the comfort of familiarity - and take the less trodden path
Into the woods. Opportunities for new experiences are really up to our imagination:
Drive a new route home.
Grow a vegetable garden.
Learn how to sketch or paint.
Adopt a cat.
Hop onto a random public bus.
Try a new restaurant.
Bake a quiche for the weekend.
Write about your life (try "Proust" if you like this one).
Talk to your neighbors.
Learn a new language.
Watch an Oscar foreign film.
Talk to your "long lost" relative.
The list goes on.

And ditch that cozy comfortable dependency.
Take the plunge.
It will be refreshing.    

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