Opinion

Friday 21 September 2018

Dr Ciara Kelly: Are you moving in the right direction? If not, what are you going to do about it?

Dr Ciara Kelly
Dr Ciara Kelly
A notional check list for life shows whether you have achieved a balance

Ciara Kelly

This is the last week in February. Let's just let that sink in. There's no doubt in my mind that 2018 only began about five minutes ago but here we are on the verge of it becoming quite well established and to be honest I'm not really sure how that all happened.

I like doing things quickly. I eat too fast. I speed read. I like people to get to the point in conversation. But this notion that we should gallop through the year is unsettling. Perhaps it's the question of 'Where it will all end?' Because if time passes in the blink of an eye that will surely only end one way for all of us.

But it's relative isn't it? It didn't seem to pass so fast when we were younger. This acceleration seems to be a phenomenon of age. I have a friend who's an actuary who says it feels faster as you get older because a year when you are four, is a quarter of our life. A quarter of your memories. A year when you are 40 is a mere 2.5pc. A teeny fraction of your life lived. It cannot stand out as a long time because in terms of your life it really isn't. It's logarithmic or exponential or some such thing.

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