Time Just Flies By

I don’t know how many times I have heard the expression in the title of this post. I don’t know how many times I have said it myself. I have always wondered why time seems to fly by now but in my youth a year seemed like an eternity.  It wasn’t until I got a glimpse of the short article below from the AARP Magazine that I came to maybe understand this time warp a little better.

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It’s interesting if I at least partially accept what the article says that the reason is stale experiences.  That is, as we get older, especially in our senior years, we pretty much do the same things over and over again. That lack of new experiences leads our brains to lock up.  Being a “Question Everything” skeptic that I am I’m not sure I totally accept this logic, but it does ring true at least at some level.

If you want time to slow down then you need to constantly experience new things or “fresh experiences” as the article describes them. Doing the same thing day after day is not only pretty boring but it causes the end to come sooner, so to speak.

So, I guess my “Embrace Change” life pillar is maybe making the days go by a little slower. But given the political atmosphere at the moment I kind of wish 2020 would come tomorrow. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Time Just Flies By

  • As a fellow engineer, there is a good mathematical reason. When you were 10, one year was 10% of your life (and probably 20% of what you remembered.). At 50, one year was but 2%. In your 70s (like you and I are), it is under 1.5%.

    As the old saying goes, “Life is like a roll of toilet paper — the closer you get to the end, the faster it seems to go.”

    Nevertheless, I agree with your advice to “Question Everything” and “Embrace Change.” Too many of our aging colleagues become ossified and miss the joy of life. So wishing you joy…

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