The title says it all. Thank you for coming to my TED talk.
No, on a more serious note these are topics which I have been fascinated with for probably the better part of a year now. We all know that time seems to go slower when you’re younger but then zooms on by as we advance in age. And, as someone who has moved so often, I get a lot of novel experiences, but usually feel stagnant after a few years in the same place.
I think that our perception of time and the frequency of novel experiences are very closely linked. I’ve seen articles and videos online talk about this “theory” and Jedidiah Jenkins touches on the topic in his book, To Shake the Sleeping Self. He says that the move novel experiences you have the slower you perceive time as your brain is taking in more sensory information and emotions.
He goes on to say that his way to maintaining a flow of new experiences is to travel and, to an extent, I think that’s why I travel as well… I did’t realize it at first, but travel memories seem to occupy a way larger portion of my brain than memories formed just by sticking around my hometown and time seems to extend while I’m on the go, instead of slipping through my fingers.
We might not know the secret to living forever, but we can make the most out of the tiny amount of time we have by experiencing as much as we can. We owe it to nobody but ourselves.