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High Density Time

When your day is over – how long does it take you to answer a simple question: "What did you do today?" Is your answer "Nothing really" or "Nothing special?" If so, you just wasted a day in your life. 

Assuming that one does take the advice of doctors and gets his mandatory 7…8 hours of sleep every day, what remains out of those 24 given to us is just 17. So, if every waking moment was worth a story – telling the story would potentially be much longer than the 17 hours it took to live it. How come is it then that we so easily crunch a whole day's existence into just two words? Or, maybe 10 minutes if our day has been eventful…? 

There seems to be a twofold answer to this. First, we just forget and/or don't tell the other what we think he'd not care about.

But the second reason may have a great deal to do with the phenomenon that people tend to become acutely aware of as they get older. It just seems that time is accelerating. The year was longer, the summers were longer – heck, even every day was so much longer as a child than it is now. So what's the reason behind that? 

Here's a helpful analogy. Seeing a car for the very first time, one is likely to describe it to great detail. Everything is exciting and new about it. Seeing it for the gazillionth time we will not even notice it anymore. The days in our lives are not much different from the car for that matter. If you are a typical office rat whose Tuesday is not much different from Thursday (maybe only for that staff meeting but the meeting itself was like any other on any other Thursday) and whose tasks are more or less routine (or, at least subjectively boring) – the week becomes like any other and ultimately melts down into some kind of blur that can be easily and comprehensively reported as having been "Nothing Special." Furthermore – it's not just about the hindsight or making of memories. The process of living such a life is equally affected – your brain is not challenged, there are no emotions involved and you may feel pretty… lifeless. Making memories, by the way is a good indicator of how alive you really are. If your time flies and nothing sticks out – you are having low density time. 

So having looked at what low density time is – high density time is pretty much the opposite. Are you excited about what you are doing? Would you have emotions about that to relate to other people? Are you making memories? Is your story of the day an interesting, educating, entertaining, thrilling tale that others would want to be parts of (or would be glad they weren't parts of)? Have you been pulled out of your comfort zone, forced to adapt to new situations, create innovative solutions, feel fear, exhilaration, desperation, audacity or accomplishment? That's high density time. You doing exciting stuff that completely consumes you for the moment – makes your heart beat faster and makes you forget all else around you. That's when you live. And it feels awesome to be alive like this!

None of us know for sure how much time is reserved for us in terms of linear chronological flow… But we surely can make it count for scores more if the time we have is high density.

 Andreas, INSTR