It is funny to think we are already over halfway into the month of August. The summer has just flown by.
What I have noticed is, as we get older, our perceptions of time change and it seems weeks and months go a lot faster. I remember when I was in elementary school, I used to think time could not go by fast enough. I wanted to get to adult life and be able to have the freedoms and perks of being an adult. Many times now, I've been hoping time would slow down.
This perception change is backed up by research from experts across the world, and many are still trying to find the root cause of it. A 2015 study, done by a researcher at James Cook University, found technology has changed our mind’s ability to process information, making us think time is moving faster. Even though this may be marginally true, I don’t think this is the root cause of it.
I did some further research and came across a piece by writer Philip Yaffe. He found people anticipate some of life's big events; such as driving a car, to some a first love, among others. He says milestones can start out feeling like they are far away, and then in a blink of an eye they are accomplished and are already in the past. The more milestones accomplished, the more people have to reminisce on, and the "farther and faster they appear to recede" into the past. Eventually, people start to think 'did that certain life event really happen that long ago?’
I guess, in my position, it is the fact that I am constantly focused on telling the important community stories and getting to the end game, of putting out another great newspaper; that time works differently.
This made me think of the many decisions life can throw in your path in just one day. Here are some examples: the decision to wake up at the right time; to get to work on time; the decision on what to wear that day; the decision to do a random act of kindness, such as holding the door for someone; the decision on whether to talk to someone, who just might have an interesting story to tell; whether or not to talk to the person you find attractive; and the decision to either do the best we can or to slack off. Each decision could lead to another milestone, and therefore a sense of forward motion.
I think, once in a while, people need to take a step back and realize just how much they have accomplished so far. Just remember, the clock moves as fast or slow as you perceive it.
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