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Recurring moments, lasting bonds

Eric Yoon

Jan 03, 2024

Gustave Courbet
La Rencontre ou Bonjour Monsieur Courbet, 1854
Oil on canvas
132 x 150.5 cm (52 x 59.3 in.)
Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France

 

 

Much like the anticipation of a birthday, holiday, or the new year, certain days prompt reflection on the swift passage of time. Life revolves like a merry-go-round ride, yet what becomes strikingly noticeable is the accelerated pace as we age, raising questions of the widely acknowledged notion that time indeed flies.

 

From a scientific perspective, this perception of accelerating time is rooted in the physiological changes associated with aging. The gradual decline in dopamine secretion, a neurotransmitter linked to pleasure, directly impacts memory strength, leading to hazier recollections of past events. Additionally, the maturing brain processes a reduced quantity of images, slowing down cognitive responses. The imprint of distinct memories diminishes annually, creating a sense of temporal acceleration.

 

Given our current scientific understanding, the physical effects of aging cannot be reversed. It becomes imperative, therefore, to liberate ourselves from the shame of “doing less each year.” Instead of self-reproach for past shortcomings, adopting an optimistic outlook for the forthcoming year offers an opportunity for enhanced engagement with loved ones and the continuum of time.

 

A new year is upon us once more, a recurring event that never fails to evoke a sense of wonder. This sentiment comes from the enduring presence of our loved ones by our side, a steadfast companionship through life’s ups and downs.

 

Eric Yoon, CEO, and the eazel team

 

Edited by Jessica Minsun Kim