Life in a blink of an eye

If you are anything like me, then you would agree that the older you get the faster time seems to pass you by. Time felt much slower when you were younger — 24 hours were more than enough. But as age caught up and responsibilities kicked in, it becomes a whole new different story.

Why?

Because the more of life we experience, the less memorable it becomes. The older we become, the more we’re flooded with the mundane. We have lesser highlights and that’s the very reason why we think 365 days pass by so fast. Our memories work like our anchors to reality. And when there are fewer anchors, the year doesn’t seem as long anymore.

Our concept of time is built upon our ability to remember and reminisce. When we were children, we had more things to remember because every experience was raw and new (and memorable). Now that when age has caught up with us, things have become repetitive and deemed not worth storing into our memory capacities.

It is like how we remember the beginning and ending of things better than we remember the middle — like the first day of college or first day on the job. But as the weeks and months drag on, they become less exciting, less memorable, and sometimes completely forgotten. Of course you have the highlights in between but in the bigger scope of time, you can barely recall the spaces of time between each highlight.

At least this is why I think time seems to move faster the older we get. We could improve our memories better if we see every moment as significant and life-changing, but do we really want that much excitement in life? I don’t think so.

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