Lessons from Life: One thing I’ve heard comments about for almost as long as I can remember is the speed at which time passes. From an early age I remember hearing that life is short and we must make the best of the time we’re given. I agree now with this assessment and advice, but I did not always do so.
When I was young it seemed as though time crept like a turtle. I can still remember thinking that I would never be able to say my age had two digits. I was nine I wanted life to move faster. I wanted to be able to say proudly “I’m 10.” At that age it seemed like I was always in a hurry to get somewhere and experience something new. Adults had control of things and I wanted that control too. So, I waited impatiently for the years and thrills to come my way. I had no money so I could only hunger for things, I couldn’t buy them…at least not yet.
Somewhere between age nine and my forties or fifties life started speeding up. I had a job, a career, bills, and a weekly routine. I established a schedule of what I would do each day of the week, so I made sure I finished everything on time. It worked.
However, I believe that routine forced all the activities of my week into little slots which began rapidly chewing up my weeks. I found I was doing my Monday things every other day. And weekends whizzed by like a fastball.
I think I learned something after a few encounters with broken routines. I discovered that I lost track of what day of the week it was and time actually began to slow down. This happened when I was on vacation where every day can be different. Since each day had no familiar task linked to it, I lost track of my days. And the weeks stretched out for me. Time slowed down.
This led me to believe that the culprit for time-speedup is routine. If we change our routines, we many not get things done on time, but it may actually feel like we have more time available each week.
I invite the reader to try it. Try breaking your routine. Change the way you go through your weeks. If you always do a certain report on Monday to get it out of the way, try doing it on Thursday. If you always have a date with your spouse on Friday, change it to a week night. If you always exercise on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, change it every other week to Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. See if you notice a difference in the pace of your life. I think you will. When we break our routine, we open ourselves up to life’s challenges…and opportunities. Slow your life down. Take a break from your routine. Life can be an adventure!