It seems like only yesterday that you turned 21, but suddenly the kids have left home and you’re looking towards retirement.
It’s a common complaint that life seems to speed up as we grow older – but is there any truth to it?
And more importantly , can we slow it down?
Time seems to pass quicker as you get older, and there’s a simple explanation that helps us understand why this is. For a baby who just turned one year old, a year is 100% of their life, whereas by the time someone has celebrated their 18th birthday, one year is just 5.56% of their life. We live through more years as we get older, so our brain perceives that each subsequent year happens more quickly because it’s a smaller portion of our lives. This is illustrated beautifully by Austrian designer Maximilian Kiener.