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Memory is a Mind Warp

Jay Horne has been writing about philosophy and religion for more than ten years and has multiple books and audio books on the subject.

Artwork by the author

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Where did the last year go?

It’s baffling.

Is there anyone who hasn’t looked back and said,

“Has it really been a year-and-a-half since the whole COVID thing started?”

Yeah. It has.

But how?

Science says it has to do with the fact that our memories clump similar stuff together. So, because we’ve been doing a lot of the same things since the pandemic, like working and loafing on the coach, over and over, our brain kinda says, yeah, that whole year was just one big day.

I know. It’s kind of sad when you think of it. And the fact is, I’m sure a lot of us just feel the year has been a total waste.

I’m not saying we’ve lost the ability to slow down time. I mean, everyday doing the same thing is like being in prison. The work days can still last forever, but the large scale time…
It’s like, where’d it go?

Maybe I'm just getting older.

You know, they do say for kids, every day lasts forever and a year feels like an eternity. But step into forty and time starts really flying.

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I guess eventually, we'll wake up just in time for bed.

But, the reality is:
Every morning you have a choice. You can continue to sleep with your dreams, or you can wake up and chase them.

However did we become so routine?

Does your life have direction? Do you wake up in the morning and say, “I am going to work to make a little money that will help me move closer to a goal?”

Or do you just wake up and go to work?

If we really want to turn back time, or at least slow it down a little bit like when we were kids, they say the best way is to form new memories.

I swear I’ve jogged nearly every square mile of Bradenton, FL just to experience new scenery while I exercise.
It makes a difference!

So, we have to work?
Okay, chalk that up to the only monotonous thing you allow in your life. You can even mix that up in tiny ways by bringing meals to craft at work or by taking a walk during your lunch break.
Try interacting with new people at the office, or listen to fresh new music while you do the mundane.

Perhaps that’s the reason why I always preferred gymnastics to other sports. There’s always some new ability to master. It’s been proven that breaking up plateaus in exercise regimes garner faster results.

I’m getting off track. But that’s the point isn’t it?
The more unusual we make our daily routines the more our minds will have to work in order to store the memories.

It’s okay to have a goal. We should be goal-oriented. Everyday we should be taking steps toward the achievement of those goals, even if it is just going to the 9–5 for a paycheck. But, we all should have another goal.

A goal in remembering to keep life from becoming mundane.

A personal goal to not allow ourselves to go stale while we wait around for the realization of our far-off hopes and dreams.

Even life is a potential plateau if we allow ourselves to think we’ve made it to the top. Enjoy the view for a minute if you must, but climb on!

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