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Joined: 12/29/2008
Msg: 9
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Time does pass faster, yes. But I'd like to think I've learned to appreciate the moments more. That's more than a fair tradeoff.
Joined: 9/10/2008
Msg: 17
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Posted: 1/24/2009 5:31:58 AM
Ever heard the expression "Life is like a roll of toilet paper."? As time goes by it turns faster and reduces in diameter more when the same amount of paper is removed. My thought is when one is say five years old, a year is 20% of one's lifetime. When one is 50, a year is 2% of one's lifetime. That may be at least one reason why time seems to pass faster as one ages.
Joined: 5/14/2008
Msg: 18
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Posted: 1/24/2009 6:15:27 AM
Ismene, I definitely feel that time is speeding up, the older I get. And every year seems to to go even faster. 2008 was a blur and here it is, almost the end of January. My mother always told me that the older you get, the faster time seems to go, and she was so right. I've found that especially, since I turned 55, that the years are flying by. I am working hard to improve my health so I can at least get out and enjoy the fleeting years I have left.
Joined: 5/20/2008
Msg: 25
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Posted: 1/24/2009 7:24:21 AM

Is it possible for people to understand the concept of intellectual discourse?

Over what? This topic? So you discuss this intellectually and then what? Do you come away enriched?

I see no point in the topic or discussing it. But hey, that's just me. Carry on.
Joined: 5/20/2008
Msg: 28
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Posted: 1/24/2009 7:56:07 AM
I understand the topic. I understand you wish to discuss this "intellectually" and aren't seeking advice.

What you ARE doing is seeking company for your misery - much in the same vein as the majority of the posts in the "Over 45" forum.

How about approaching the same topic from a different, more positive angle?

For instance, instead of bemoaning the fact that the older we get the faster time seems to pass, why not ask if people are finding that they are able to make more efficient use of their time the older they get? Or how about whether they are finding better ways to make their time more enjoyable the older they get? Or whether the perspective that comes with age allows people to filter out the little things that don't matter in favor of the things that have more meaning?

You see, all of the topics I suggested take as a given that time passes more quickly as we age. But instead of dwelling on the inevitable (and negative), it's far more productive and enriching to talk about what we're doing about it.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has applications beyond treating just depression. It's a way of thinking that produces positive thoughts and thus, produces a healthy mindset.

More often than not, the subjects in this forum is a reading exercise on how so many people seem to enjoy wallowing in negativity.

RAGE AGAINST AGE, don't succumb to it.
Joined: 9/10/2008
Msg: 30
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Posted: 1/24/2009 8:05:18 AM
This has degenerated into a coarse discourse and I feel I have had the course. Pass the metamucil. Perhaps I better be more careful in how I use the toilet paper I have remaining.
Joined: 5/20/2008
Msg: 32
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Posted: 1/24/2009 8:23:00 AM

Misery is definitely not the topic and I am not bemoaning anything. That is an odd take on this topic and may reflect your personal take on reality.

Or perhaps it's just my capacity for understanding the written word.

Did you not open this topic by saying that more now than ever your time seems limited and that you're frustrated that time "seems to go so fast"? If that's not bemoaning, then perhaps you should give your interpretation of the word so that I can play on your level.
Joined: 9/10/2008
Msg: 35
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Posted: 1/24/2009 8:45:21 AM
Right now I am heading out the door to go to the gym. I make that a priority even though it is a commitment that requires a lot of time. The effects of exercise increase my quality of life plus many hard bodied hot young women in revealing sportswear are always at the gym and that makes the experience quite pleasurable indeed. So going to the gym regularly is one way I increase the quality and enjoyment of my remaining years.
Joined: 5/20/2008
Msg: 37
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Posted: 1/24/2009 8:52:54 AM
Does time seem to pass by faster and faster with each year?

Is this really news? The perception of time passing quickly as we age isn't a phenomenon that only a few experience, it happens to just about everyone. The study is stating the obvious. To broach this question that has an obvious answer is a disingenuous attempt to get others to share in a negative emotion.

If so, does it affect how you live?

It gives me a better perspective on how not to live my life pondering negative concepts.

Is this an issue that bothers or concerns you in any way, that is, the passage of time and/or that time seems to go by so fast?

My previous responses have answered this question. You just didn't like my answers.

Do you think about the limited time there is left?

Again, my responses should leave no doubt whether I think along these terms.

You don't even have to read between the lines to get my answers to the questions you've posed. Look again, I've answered them prior to this post and I've answered them again.

You don't like my answers. I don't like your questions. Fair enough?
Joined: 10/10/2007
Msg: 43
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Posted: 1/24/2009 10:12:07 AM
I think when you are younger, time goes by slowly (didn't it?). You spend all your time wishing for the future, for when you can date, when you can drink, when you can get out of school, etc.

But at this age (I figure I'm smack in the middle of my life), I still look to the future, but I also have started looking to the past. I never did that when I was young. I think as you get older and older, you stop looking so much to the future (because you can see the black wall that is the end of your life) and look more to the past, what you accomplished, what you failed at.

Since I can see the future HAS an end, yes, time is going by REALLY quickly. I'll tell stories and think something happened 5 years ago, and it was 15 years ago!
Joined: 12/13/2006
Msg: 44
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Posted: 1/24/2009 11:42:12 AM
Relativity. . . . When I was four, the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas was at least 18 years. In school, summer was a least a year, September to May was at least 70 years. My neighbor said the year he was fifteen, and waiting for his driver's license, was 42 years. Last week, I was practicing making sure I was putting '08 on my checks, and today, already, it's '09. And it's at least three years till my eight o'clock call tonight. So perhaps, what's behind us went fast, what's in front, good, bad, indifferent, is slow?

Joined: 9/19/2006
Msg: 46
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Posted: 1/24/2009 11:55:11 AM
Make every second, every breath and every dream count! In a field of crystal white snow, life is one flake!
Joined: 9/10/2008
Msg: 48
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Posted: 1/24/2009 12:56:10 PM
We know Socrates was forced to drink hemlock to end his days prematurely. It seems his toilet paper roll was spun quite rapidly near the end of his life by the powers that were. Perhaps the people in charge back then had heard enough from Socrates. Maybe he was a real downer and just too depressing. More recently some modern philosopher said something like "Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out of it alive." Who was that?
Joined: 9/10/2008
Msg: 52
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Posted: 1/24/2009 1:32:48 PM
Thank you Ismene and Libby for IDing old Elbert. I checked him out and he was quite a corn pone philosopher, in a way a predecessor to Will Rogers. Anyway, Elbert left a few other memorable quotes for posterity which I find applicable to my experiences in the forums; among them "A woman will doubt everything you say but it be compliments to herself." and "If you can not answer a man's arguments, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names."
Joined: 4/24/2007
Msg: 55
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Posted: 1/24/2009 10:33:22 PM
Time does seem to pass quicker... but I wouldn't have thought it is because we over-estimate time. My pet theory is that we refuse to *grasp* how old we are... so when I reach back to a memory it is common to say "10 years ago" and then to stop and think "OMG,no, that was actually 20 years ago". Leads to those moments of realizing one is aging 'oh crap, was that really 20 yeas ago? - I'm getting old!"
Joined: 2/12/2008
Msg: 56
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Posted: 1/25/2009 4:26:13 AM
I forgot what i did yesterday and theres no point in planning the future because i forget what i planned .

The passage of time is a vechile to get to your destination and they do say death comes quickly .

Time can only be spent once .

Do i think about what time is left .
well im 50 so what time is left for me i will use the way i have allways done and thats spending the time on my choices in life .

I dont think time goes faster its just as time goes by your end becomes closer .

When you where young it was so far away now its around the corner .
So maybe thats why you think it goes faster .

Will you have enough time to do what you want to do on this planet

no of course not

But it doesnt matter anyway because thats not what is important
what is important is that your happy with the time you had .

Remember the young lads 18 19 went to war ww11 they knew their time was up i wonder how they felt knowing every minute they moved forward that time was to stop ticking any second .. now thats scary

Live your life as well as you can thats all we can do .

Time i went to bed .. and waste another 8 hours lol
Joined: 5/31/2012
Msg: 57
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Posted: 7/15/2012 10:32:11 AM
No matter what the age, be active.
Joined: 5/4/2012
Msg: 58
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Posted: 7/15/2012 11:44:45 AM
I remember being a child and being bored within the first week of summer. Now summer is more then half over and we have had so many experiences I can't count them all. I look at my children and they have grown so much and so fast. Time flies faster as you get older. So don't waste it.
Joined: 3/5/2009
Msg: 60
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Posted: 7/15/2012 1:32:09 PM
Can't say it passes any quicker, but I do seem to fill the available time with more things to do; and the queue seems to get longer every year.May be the only thing keeping me on the green side of the grass of late.

Anyway, went to a great wedding yesterday. Fun, spiritual, totally engaging even from the back row. Funny thing is that I've watched both these "kids" grow up over the past couple of decades. It was only yesterday I was keeping an eye out for them to ensure their safety. My own boy, almost a man in his own right. I was viewing some old photos and video and he was so small and endearing. Time flies? no; but something did happen to the intervening years.

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