It’s All Relative

August, Taylor Swift

Yup August definitely slipped away into a moment in time. But so too has the whole summer and before we know it another year will be over.

Why does time seem to go by so quickly the older we get?

From a psychological standpoint the answer is simple. So much of what we experience as children is fresh and new and fascinating and mindful which allows their young minds to process more information than we as adults do, making our experiences the older we get feel more familiar to us and eventually we just seem to become more and more desensitized to them.

As adults though we also very often forget how to slow down, how to enjoy our new experiences, how to develop new skills or hobbies or how to make a conscious effort to be more mindful. We forget how to just be in the moment and pay closer attention to our surroundings by living through our senses like children do. 

Maybe the answer to the question above, “why does time seem to go by so quickly the older we get?” is really about learning how to expand the time we live while in those moments, taking a step back while in that moment and being more curious and childlike and mindful by asking ourselves while in the moment “what do my new surroundings/experience feel like? Taste like? Sound like? Smell like? And look like?” This is a practice I use everytime I go hiking and maybe it’s why I enjoy it so much (try it for yourself even if it’s while doing the dishes or sitting in bumper to bumper traffic). 

And as Einstein once said, “Time is relative; it’s only worth depends upon what we do as it is passing.” 

#passingtime #mindfulness #beinthemoment #takeastepback #usingoursenses #itsallrelative #Einstein #mentalhealth #mentalwellness #lookaround #wherehasthetimegone #taylorswift #August #childlike #becurious 

Author: Kim Fluxgold

Wife, mom of 3 beautiful children, dog lover, creative sole and children's book Author. Sharing my journey with depression and anxiety through blogging in hopes of educating and ending the stigma.

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