The year is 1959. I am seven-years-old, and it is a typical July Chicago morning. Everyone is sleeping but me. I’m sitting on the front porch with my dog. It’s already 89 degrees outside, and I’ve got a long, hot day ahead of me. I have no plans and nowhere to go. I’m worried about absolutely nothing.
Remembering the slow and endless days of summer surfaces positive feelings of all kinds. Racing. Racing Racing. Enough already! How can I get that slowness back into my life? Life is whizzing by, and I want to wring out as much experience from it as I can.
People I love have since died, and grandchildren are growing at an alarming rate. I will never be able to recapture precious moments unless I learn how to get off this merry-go-round. I’m willing to do things differently in order to make this happen. So I did some homework on how to make that happen.
In my research, I was relieved to discover that experts say that it is possible to manipulate our lives to slow down our experience of time passing. In an article written by Jessica Stillman, she explains, “Our sense of time, it turns out, isn’t even. It’s dictated by how much information we need to process. More information spells more time. In our younger years, when we’re processing lots of new stuff, time seems to pass so slowly.”
So, that explains the why. When we are young, everything is new. We are engaging in many “first” activities – first day of school, first time driving, first real job, and so on.
Going forward, experts offer a variety of tips when it comes to the process of slowing down time. Mix things up and get out of your routine so you can feel as though time is going at a slower rate. Here are a few suggestions on making your days feel longer and richer:
- Learn something new – song, language, musical instrument
- Visit new places – local and afar
- Talk to someone you never met before
- Work from a new location – a café, a park bench
- Try a new activity — make a recipe from scratch, paint a picture
- Switch your routines – e.g. do an evening task in the morning
- Re-arrange the furniture at home
- Drive a different way to work
- Go on an action-packed vacation
I don’t know about you, but when I reach the end of my days, I want to look back at the course of my life and review a rich footage of my many adventures and feel as though I have fit several lifetimes into a single one.