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Old 04-29-2014, 10:17 AM
 
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I notice it with the seasons. By the time I get used to it being one season, we are in the next one!! Christmas will be here in no time!!
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:25 AM
 
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Life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end the faster it goes!
That's funny ... and true!

IMO, we tend to 'mark milestones' in our lives when we are younger, which seems to divide time into measurable segments. As we grow older, we settle into our married lives; the kids are raised and out of school --- and starting families of their own; Our careers have peaked or are over and we are retired. Now, we still have trips and events in our lives, but, nothing that really changes our lives. Thus, time seems to simply slip by largely unnoticed. Half the time, we can't even remember the day or date!
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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It's simple really, as we get older we compare a period of time, say a year, to longer and longer periods of time. A year was a huge amount of time when we were five and compared it to only the five years we had experienced. When we are 70 we are comparing a year to a much longer period of time so it seems much shorter. I understand that. What I can't figure out is how the days get longer at the same time...
That's how it was explained to me. Remember how long it took to get the "toy" from sending in our cereal box tops? Seem to take "forever", and we usually had forgotten about it when one day, it magically shows up in the mail.

For a four-year-old, one calendar year is a quarter of their life, and life experiences and memories. At sixty, one calendar year is 1/60th of our life/experiences/memories. Yes, if we every got motivated to get out of bed in the morning, we have acquired a life time of memories to reflect upon.

Now . . . there are a few memories I wish I could forget.
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:01 AM
 
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Retirement -time flies when you are having fun!
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:06 AM
 
Location: in the miseries
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I once read some scientific article that explained this phenomena by stating it is because we have so many memories. So then I got to thinking - so if one has alzheimers and looses one's long term memory, does time again seem to pass slowly ? I really hate the way time is flying by uncontrollably because it means I'll be dead before I know it!
I think you'll know it
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:07 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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It's simple really, as we get older we compare a period of time, say a year, to longer and longer periods of time. A year was a huge amount of time when we were five and compared it to only the five years we had experienced. When we are 70 we are comparing a year to a much longer period of time so it seems much shorter. I understand that.

^That was the past ...

What I can't figure out is how the days get longer at the same time...

Now you are talking about the future !
On the other hand, why, when you go somewhere, going home seems shorter than getting there.
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Old 04-29-2014, 11:07 AM
 
Location: in the miseries
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Life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end the faster it goes!
I like that analogy.
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Old 04-29-2014, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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It's all a matter of perspective. When you were 10 years old, a year was 10% of your whole life, and even more of your conscious life. When you are 50 years old, a year is 2% of your life.
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Old 04-29-2014, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Subconscious Syncope, USA (Northeastern US)
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Its because man desided he wanted to measure time. If we never bothered to measure time, one day would be the same as the next and we would have no concept of time other than what we noticed from the sun and moon cycles.

When some of us are a year old, we experience events, like a first Christmas, as an example. There's a big deal made over the day, and we remember there were pretty decorations, and prezzies and special meals and stuff. As time passes, we forget about Christmas. Then one day 365 days later, OMG!!! It's Christmas again! I had forgotten about it.

Why did I forget about it? Because now Im 2, and it took half my life (up until that point) for that special event to come around again.

Fast forward 80 years, and the realization that Christmas is coming faster and faster appears. That is because its now only taking 1/82 of my life for the event to happen again.

Its all relative to your perception. In each example, it always took 365 days for Christmas to come around again - the only difference is your personal perception based on the length of your life.



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It's all a matter of perspective. When you were 10 years old, a year was 10% of your whole life, and even more of your conscious life. When you are 50 years old, a year is 2% of your life.
What Larry said... xD

Sorry, I posted in reply to the OP and only read yours afterwards. *shrugs*

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Old 04-29-2014, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Southwest
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I really hate the way time is flying by uncontrollably because it means I'll be dead before I know it!

Most of us will be better off.
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