As we envelop ourselves in our never-ending busy days, time seems to fly by fast. There are days when we ask ourselves; how is it almost the new year already when we’ve barely felt the last year pass by? How is 2007 a decade ago, when it feels like 4 years has only passed since then? Instances like this require us to slow down a bit and learn to appreciate the present more.
Of course time is moving at the same constant rate as it did when we were younger — but gone were the days we believed lazy summer days stretched on forever. As we get older, the way we perceive time speeds up as well. Research found out that we possess a certain level of control over how our brain perceives time passing; as it is mainly the reason behind why some days seem longer or shorter than others.
By paying attention and actively noticing the things around us, we can actually “pause” down time in a sense.
• Live in the present
It’s time to live and embrace the here and the now. Dwelling on the past or planning for your distant future is good from time to time, but if we merely focus on these two then we won’t be able to fully appreciate the present that we have. Take time to relish everything that is happening to you at the present moment. Focus on living in the Now.
Being spontaneous can be a liberating act, not to mention fun! Spontaneity, every now and then, enables us to disregard all concept of time as it makes full use of the present moment. It allows us to live boldly and take a leap for ourselves, regardless of the circumstances or the pile of work sitting idly on our to-do lists. When life becomes dull and monotonous, why not kick it up a notch to spice things up?
• Capture moments
Moments are fleeting. You never know when is the next time you’d be able to gather around with your friends from high school, or when you’d be able to enjoy the magnificent view of Singapore’s glittering city district while taking a stroll around. Pause time by capturing the memories with photographs.
• Try new and exciting things
As we age, routine takes over our lives. There is a general shortage in new experiences and avenues for trying out new things. No wonder how our days begin to blur together when we’ve been doing the same thing almost every day. Saying “yes” to opportunities which will lead us to new experiences is ideal, no matter how big or small. Planning a day trip outside Singapore? That might just be the adventure of a lifetime. Adding a brand new ingredient to your signature dishes? That sense of something new may just be what you need.