I’ve been reading ‘Moonwalking with Einstein’ by Joshua Foer, and this piece of text stood out for me.
Monotony collapses time; novelty unfolds it. You can exercise daily and eat healthily and live a long life, while experiencing a short one. If you spend your life sitting in a cubicle and passing papers, one day is bound to blend unmemorably into the next—and disappear. That’s why it’s important to change routines regularly, and take vacations to exotic locales, and have as many new experiences as possible that can serve to anchor our memories. Creating new memories stretches out psychological time, and lengthens our perception of our lives.
One of my values is living an interesting and varied life. It’s easier said than done, I tend to spend a lot of my time following the same routines, waking, working, attending to visitors. But, I am trying to switch it up a bit, walk around, visit people, sit in the park, be random. I also guess I’ll start taking more pictures of things and events…memories are good, they speak of rich life.