Ever notice how the very first time you travel to a new location it appears farther away, yet on your way back you wonder, well that distance wasn’t as long as it appeared to be on my way there. That is the thing about the human mind; when we encounter an experience for the first time, our brain processes the new data, the journey appears longer but as soon as our mind is done processing it, the data is stored as copy, life unravels quicker and the journey appears shorter.
The same scenario applies to life. When you were younger, days appeared longer, school was lengthy because there were lots of new items your brain had to accommodate and process however, as you age, life seems to move quicker because most things are often repetitive. You’ve been there already therefore your perception of time elapses quickly in your conscious mind especially where you live a familiar pattern.
It seems like just the other day that some of us were kids while right now, my peers are either getting married or thinking about marriage. Beyond a certain age, responsibility comes at you quickly. For those who are a bit ahead and have families already, I am sure you can remember one time your son/daughter came running towards you to ask you a question and you instinctively looked around to see if there was an adult in the room who could handle it, only to realize that you are the sole adult in the room ‘How life comes at you first”. I’ve heard men and women remark about how they then realized the importance of their parents. When they still felt they were kids, they were met with adult challenges and almost always wished there was a grown up to whom they could transfer the challenge. But as time went on it then sank in, that they now had to take on responsibility and behave like an adult even when feeling like a child themselves.
So, whatever comes your way, rise to the occasion and be the adult we all need. Until we speak again, I am your host Mitchell Odhiambo. Welcome to a man’s world. To get a female perspective on this, click HERE to read Mercy’s post.