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It is hard to believe another year is coming to an end.

Recently I saw an explanation of this phenomenon that made sense to me. When you are three and a half and your fourth birthday is six months away, it seems like forever. Actually it is one-seventh or 14.3% of your life so far. When you are fifty, six months is only 1% of your life so far, so it seems like a much shorter period. The other reason is that our brain encodes new experiences, but not familiar ones, into memory, and our retrospective judgment of time is based on how many new memories we create over a certain period. In other words, the more new memories we build on a weekend getaway, the longer that trip will seem in hindsight. When you are young a far larger proportion of your experiences are new, so you feel the time is not going so fast, because so much is happening. The only lesson we can learn from that is to seize the day and create new memories by continuing to do new things.

Christmas is less than a month away, so I would like to wish all of you a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones and a great 2020!

 Over Christmas, I will be taking my usual annual break. So between the 21st of December and the 13th of January, I will be enjoying some much needed time off. For an urgent matter, you can reach me by mobile phone or email, just do not expect an instant answer as I may be out of mobile phone or internet coverage.