“My life flashed before my eyes.” Yeah, probably not though. Far too much content to flash by in an instant. So what actually flashes before your eyes? I have a theory. I call them time frames.
Life is an accumulation of moments. Moments stored in your internal hard drive. But there isn’t much storage space – we’re not quite at the point of evolution where we can store our memories in a pensieve and call them up on demand. Well, not yet anyway. I have a sneaky suspicion that Elon Musk is trying to do something about that with the development of neural link. But let’s assume that before you die, you won’t be able to store every moment that you can retrieve and experience again later on.
To add to this, as much as we would like it to be so, not every moment is memorable. And, if every moment is, then the constraint is trying to remember them all. This is where my theory of time frames comes in – building a mental camera roll, that is on standby to roll at the moment your life flashes before your eyes.
What are these moments? Moments in which you become wholly present. In which you become completely aware of the now. I liken blinking in these moments to the click of your camera, storing the moment forever and automatically uploading it to your mental camera roll.
These moments don’t necessarily have to be good moments. In my experience, the moments stored to my mental camera roll are real. With a tangible sense of emotion. Happy. Sad. Whatever the emotion, it imprints itself within the timeframe, aiding the embedding process. Recalling these moments reignites all five senses at the time of its capture.
What can you do with this information? Awareness of the concept of timeframes allows you to embrace the moments in real time. Learn to love the feeling, irrespective of it being “positive” or “negative”. The true beauty of life is that balance, and learning to love the good and the bad is the secret to enjoying the journey.
Growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jedd was educated at St Benedict’s College and attended Wits University, where, after dabbling in Actuarial Science and Law, he finished with an Honours in Economic Sciences.
Midway through his Honours year, he started at Investec in the Private Banking division. He then moved onto strategy consulting, working as a Business Analyst at Kearney, helping some of the world’s largest companies with their most pressing problems.
He is currently an educator at St David’s Marist Inanda, where he heads up the school’s swimming programme, as well as teaches Maths, EMS and Business Studies to bright up-and-coming South Africans.
In 2020, Jedd launched Disrupt Tutoring: a free, online, personalised tutoring platform open to anyone with the burning desire to learn or teach.
Jedd is an avid traveller, with the desire to travel the world. He also loves scuba diving. When fit and ready, he participates in half-marathons, bicycle races, open water swims and triathlons.