The disk jockey on the radio mentioned that today is the 357th day of the year. It’s not the end of the year yet, but it’s hard to believe this year is gone already.
Another day, another year. The year and the decade went by so fast it was easily the fastest year on record. No one can argue about that.
I want to look forward to a new year because I have plenty of projects planned and many projects not yet completed. But I wonder about this long standing trend whereby each year actually goes by faster than the year before.
How long will it be before this gets out of hand?
It’s easy to argue that time is time and it’s the same amount of time between the ages of five and six as it is between 65 and 66– same number of days, hours, minutes, and so on.
But you and I both know that’s not really true. The time between the ages of five and six constituted an increase of 20-percent, perhaps 30-percent of the life that was known when you were five going on six.
The time between the ages of 65 and 66 is less than 2-percent of your life to that point, making the year seem to go perhaps 10 times faster than a year went by when you were a child. Each year, the percentage gets faster than the year before. Life speeds up just as you begin slowing down.
As a not-quite-retired baby boomer I’ve reached the conclusion that this speed up of time is detrimental to one’s health and well being, therefore, finding a way to slow down the time we use each day is a thought whose time has come.
I’m not totally convinced that I want to live longer if living longer means that the years are so short that they seem like a month or so.
What’s the point?