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Old 07-08-2014, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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The good old days. Hmmmm You mean my 20's when life was all about fun fun fun. The great body, the uncomplicated life, the early relationship with the love of my life? Or, my 30's with the house, a new career, the traveling? Or my 40's with the financial success, still traveling, the friendships that have survived decades. Or my 50's. Well OKAY they haven't been so great but the wisdom, financial independence, taking up roller skating, riding my new bike over 20 miles this week already, John's retirement and taking over all the house hold chores while I feed my work addiction. Now is the time for you more sensitive readers to stop reading. Okay I warned you. The sex How do you choose the good old days when there have been so many?
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:49 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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'These are the good old days.' -Carly Simon

Carpe Diem

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Old 07-08-2014, 12:05 PM
 
Location: The Carolinas
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I look back to the good old days: about 6 months ago, when a poster named "I'm Retired Now" wasn't on the message boards, ginning up worthless new posts.
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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There were good old days there were bad old days. There are now days. Right now I am too busy trying to adjust to the present and preparing for the future. I don't have the time to waste living in the old days good or bad.
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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The only thing I miss from the good old days is my skinny figure......
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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The 50's were the best of times the 60's were the worst of times. After the Kennedy assassination everything changed.
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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YES I think there were "good old days", but they were before I was born. Still I sometimes look at what kids today are doing (I have 6 grandchildren) and worry for their futures.

As I get older (I am almost 67), I find that I spend less time worrying about the past. I have another 15-20 years if I am lucky and follow my family's lifespans. I want to make the most of that time. I am still healthy, still strong, and am blessed with a wonderful family. Worked hard all my life and still do, though I am officially retired. The work has just been transferred to building, serious gardening, raising livestock. I have always loved animals, and am pleased to now have a chance to enjoy them!
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:32 PM
 
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I don't think that thinking about the "good old days" or times when you had the best fun is living in the past. The good memories make me happy and I like to think about my departed friends who gave me so much pleasure: our partying, dancing, traveling, etc. It reminds me that life was fun for the most part. I do spend a lot of time thinking about it and looking at photos and videos and that causes me to recall more things and I laugh my butt off over some of the things we all did. I don't ever want those things to become the "past" or trivial because they were my life.
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Old 07-08-2014, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Pac. NW
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I never realized how horrific The Good Old Days really were until I got some objective distance from them.

After I quit working so much I had time to do some "introspection". Some of the things I didn't understand when young and other things I was too busy to sort out turned out to be pretty hellish in retrospect.

I had no idea my family of origin was as screwed up as it turns out now that we were, I had no idea just how bloodthirsty and ruthless a lot of my employers really were, and some of my relationships were flat-out laughable as I look back.

It's amazing I'm not dead or in jail.
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Old 07-08-2014, 05:59 PM
 
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I never realized how horrific The Good Old Days really were until I got some objective distance from them.

After I quit working so much I had time to do some "introspection". Some of the things I didn't understand when young and other things I was too busy to sort out turned out to be pretty hellish in retrospect.

I had no idea my family of origin was as screwed up as it turns out now that we were, I had no idea just how bloodthirsty and ruthless a lot of my employers really were, and some of my relationships were flat-out laughable as I look back.

It's amazing I'm not dead or in jail.

Wow! You've summarized some of my thoughts and experiences. That is why examining the "good old days" is such a trip! It's like reliving some of it with a totally different outlook and then being amazed you survived or didn't end up in jail.
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