A recent reflection made by a friend of mine is that time is probably the most in-demand asset in our lives. We constantly strive to find time to do the thing we want to do. We don’t have enough time and constantly strive to have more of it. Not enough time to complete our tasks at work. Not enough time to spend with our family and our friends. It simply is hard to get control over time in our lives.
Another reflection made by my wife is how different we experience time depending on what we do. She made this reflection at the end of our latest vacation in California after a 7 day trek through the wonderful Yosemite National Park (more about that trek coming in a separate post). I think you know the feeling when you have done something which requires constant activity and impresses your senses all the time. Let’s take our Yosemite trek as an example. After 5 days in the wilderness we looked back on the start of the trip (5 days ago) and felt that it was very distant – it felt like much more than 5 days had passed since we started. At the same time (and this is where I believe it gets interesting) we had a very strong feeling of time having passed extremely quickly. Those first 5 days had really flown past.
Compare this with a typical working week at the office (or whatever your daily routine is). I’m not saying that time cannot fly at work – it definitely can for me. But, for me at least, a working week quite often passes more or less unnoticed. The weeks and months pass without much distinction whereas our three week Californian vacation felt like three months. And while a working week takes energy from me, the Yosemite trek gave me energy even though it was much more demanding physically.
Why is this? And how can I change my life to have more of the Yosemite feeling every day rather than just sit by the sidelines when time passes quickly and unnoticed? I think the keyword here is “unnoticed” and will expand on this in a later post.