Balanced Mind,  Health

5 Intriguing Ways to Slow Down Your Perception of Time and Live a More Fulfilling Life

This year I am turning 50! I really need to digest it, so naturally, I have been thinking about the concept of Time and what it all means. It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and who I wanted to be. I have asked myself how in the world I arrived here, to this point, at this nice age of 50. Well, did I do all the things I wanted to? A big fat, not really! I thought I had more “Time” to figure it all out.

After doing some more thinking, I realized that Time, “like being rich,” is relative. In fact, researchers have discovered that people who live in a higher-population area have been found to walk faster than people in lower-population regions and that the pace of life has increased by 10 percent in the last 20 years, even greater in areas that are rapidly industrializing. Other research has shown that the concept of Time is different depending on which culture you live in or even which city you live in. Through my own experience, I have discovered that Time is relative as well. A friend told me the other day that they would pay one hundred thousand dollars if they could be 50 again.

Guess you can’t complain to a 70-year-old about your age, right? Not unless you are 80! Then, another friend told me that 60 is the new 40. Yes, they are older than me too. At least they were being optimistic. I still have Time then, right? To do all the things I wanted to? So, I decided to do what I always do, a little research. I decided to go to the Fairhope Library. I absolutely love that place! It is undoubtedly a modern-day library. A great place to be a writer, a reader, a learner, a blogger. A great place to find the Great Courses on DVD by Professor Sean Carroll on the Mysteries of Modern Physics and, yes, on Time. I was hoping to learn something about time reversal or time travel. I have always been a bit fascinated by this concept of space and Time and how Time moves along in a certain way, along a continuum, a series of events that make up the past, the present, and the future, and it may be possible to live in a parallel universe. We plan, we schedule, and we arrange our lives that certain things should happen or be done in a specific order, and if we do not achieve this, we somehow deem ourselves failures. But are we? Maybe, I thought, I have not accomplished everything I had set out to, but I am sure I have done other great things instead? Indeed, some accidents along the way have turned out to be the best achievements of my life.

However, I do feel like I still need more Time, and even though I am only turning 50, it feels like it is running out fast. Like tomorrow I will wake up and be 65, then 80. I learned that, sadly, it is not currently possible to reverse Time itself, duh. But guess what? I realized that I could possibly slow it down. You can regain some time by slowing down your perception of it. I have posted a few here for you. 

 1. Focus on life’s little details. 

Time seems to speed up as we grow older because the world we live in is more familiar. We have fewer new experiences than we used to have as children. The little details no longer carry the same weight in our memories as they once did. Try to train yourself to focus on little things as much as possible. Take a short time each day to watch a sunset, play music, or garden. Literally, stop and smell the roses. Be fully present at the moment by engaging all of your senses. Sight, taste, smell, and sound if possible. 

2. Explore your World

Take the Time to change up your day, your daily routine. Push yourself to go exploring around your own neighborhood, your town, your state. Find out where the best Ice cream is. Challenge yourself. Learning new things helps us reclaim that beginner’s mind, which works slowly. This will bring you Joy.

3. Slow Down

Do fewer things in a day. If you want to slow down Time, your goal should be to take on fewer tasks each day and to experience each one of them fully and more completely. If you want Time to slow down, slow down yourself. Even if you’re doing something small, like reading a book, don’t try to cram the whole thing into your brain at once. Sit with one for a month. Read it with a friend, then discuss it over a rose at a great restaurant. 

4. Practice systematic recall

At the end of each day, try to write down a memory of one thing you did today and describe it in as specific a detail as possible. It might be a funny thing that happened to you. Something you saw in a store or weird weather. Be specific and detailed as possible. Progressively draw up specific and detailed memories from different points in your life. Start writing this all down in a journal. Now Re-read it. Read it again tomorrow. 

5. Get out of Your Comfort Zone

Do things that make your heart race. A good thrill ride or a scary movie may do. If it scares you to sing in front of people, take your guitar to an open mic and sing Karaoke in front of the whole bar. It’ll be the longest 15 minutes of your life. When we experience moments that make us nervous or scared, when we are in absolute Awe, Time seems to stand still. We feel alive. 

I am literally in the process of re-evaluating my life right now. There is no better time.
This blog is part of it. The goal of our blog is to Savour our lives to the fullest, as much as possible, and through doing so hopefully help you to Savour your “Time” here on this planet as well. We encourage you to slow down your pace, take in more details, and be intentional.
If you are interested in following Marty and me on our continued journey, you can read more in the Balanced Mind section of our blog.