This takes intentionality. When we repeat a certain series of actions every day throughout our lives, those actions become habits, and those habits become lifestyles. We’re on autopilot.

But a life lived on autopilot is a recipe for regret. If you want to slow down time, you need a plan. Write something down. Make a list of things you’ve never done, and that you’d like to do. Pick one and, below it, write down the small, actionable steps you can take to make it happen.

And when you finish doing the things on your list, make a new one. Don’t stop. Fill your life with meaningful, novel experiences that make a difference in your life, as well as the lives of others. Volunteer. Take your loved one on a spectacular date to an unexpected place. Eat your lunch in the woods or on the sidewalk or on top of a building.

Whatever you do, make it new, and you’ll take time into your own hands rather than allowing it to pass you by.
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