A few weeks ago I heard a story on NPR on why time seems to go by faster the older we get. You can probably find it somewhere on their website, but here is what I took away from it.
In our childhood, most of everything we do and see is a new experience. Actually everything is new. We are constantly learning and evolving. We don’t allow negative habits to form. As a matter of fact, the only negative habit I remember from my childhood was the stress of having to do/copy all my homework on the bus ride to school. Thanks to all these “new” experiences, we have a much greater sense of awareness of time. And it doesn’t move fast.
But then as we grow up, habits form. We all pretty much do the same thing all the time. Wake up, go to work, work out, feel stressed about certain things, get frustrated with the same folks and life just seems to just go by. Life gets pretty boring. At some point we ask ourselves where time went and what the heck we did with all that time. We don’t make nearly as many memories as we did throughout our childhood.
Thanks to this insightful NPR piece, I will try my hardest (and sometimes I already do a pretty good job) to experience as many new things as possible. To try and not get stuck in too many habits – especially not ones that I don’t like. To learn new things all the time. And whenever I can to try and see the world through eyes of a kid.
Don’t let life get boring.