And so we bid adieu to 2013! What a year it was!
And if that wasn’t enough, you can waste your last remaining moments of 2013 watching some ‘year in review’ videos from around the Interwebs:
But wait. Let’s not put a diaper on Baby New Year just yet. Are we really celebrating the end of another year? It might just be me, but it seems like time is moving progressively faster and faster as I get older. So, like I always do, I’ve consulted the Almighty Google for answers.
The normally reputable Yahoo! Answers only elicited response like:
Yes I do feel that time goes so fast! Like OMG!
Time doesn’t exist. It’s a measurement imposed by man. At some point we’ll be evolved enough not to need it anymore.
this means life is short and we need to live it to the fullest. there is a new song by kenny chesney that talks about this old guy’s life and how it flew by. really sad
I then stumbled onto an article in Psychology Today that seemed to explain the phenomenon. Dr. Ronald Riggio (major win for alliteration) says that time seems to be moving faster because of two main issues: novelty and routine. For example:
The first time you drive to a distant locale, it seems like it takes forever… As you repeat the drive, over and over, the time flies by, and you can’t recall any specific trip, unless something “memorable” happens.
Riggio theorizes that our childhoods seemed so lengthy because we were experiencing events for the first time– our first Hanukkah or Christmas, our first plane ride, our first kiss. But as life repeats those events, they lose their significance and don’t seem as special. As a result, we don’t tend to remember them as well and thus, time seems like it passes more quickly.
In addition, each year seems to be going faster because, relative to the rest of your life, it takes up less time.
Imagine the years of your life as slices of cake– or pie, whichever you prefer really. When you’re three years old, your life encompasses only three slices of the delectable dessert; each year takes up a large part of your life. As you age, each successive year becomes a smaller and smaller piece of the pastry. So, when you’re 80, that year will take up just one eightieth of your life and will be just a small sliver compared to the rest of the years of your life.
On a lighter note, the moment you’ve all been waiting for– the new year’s resolutions of some cool and funky Wesleying staff writers:
Abbazabba: Have a ten minute conversation each week with a stranger.
BubbleWater: Work harder, play harder
Frizzly: Give up something different for one month throughout the year. It’ll go something like this-
- January: no sugar or processed foods
- February: no caffeine
- March: no social media (Wesleying not included…)
- Don’t just be satisfied with not knowing something. I want to actively teach myself about the areas of knowledge I don’t possess yet.
- Keep up with teaching myself piano. Don’t just let it drop.
- Always treat people as ends in themselves. Don’t take them for granted.
- Take some time to relax every so often. My life is not a constant to-do list.
- Keep up with the jogging! It makes me feel good about myself, so I need to make it a regular routine.
Gnome: I want to take more time to read for leisure.
KatCo: One word- floss.
Lexila: While it’s easy to forget, kindness and a good attitude are infectious. My resolution this year is to say a nice thing to three people every day and one of them must be someone I don’t know very well or haven’t been very kind to in the past.
Q: Take more risks and to run a marathon before the end of the semester.
- Write often without intention of showing it to anyone.
- Enjoy my last semester of college.
- Meditate often.
- Be okay being single.
- Find a job.
- Pay attention to the things that affect me positively more than the negative.
- Look people in the eye more.
- Take a trip to San Francisco.
- Celebrate progress.
- Don’t get discouraged if I forget a few of these from time to time.
Once again, HAPPY NEW YEAR!