All the time in the world or not?

@sigma77 (5385)
United States
May 11, 2007 9:38am CST
Does it ever seem to you that as you get older, time becomes more precious and valuable to you? Thinking back to when I was younger, like in my 20's and 30's, I always thought I had a lot of time to work out my life and live well. As time has passed by, I realize that I did little to make my life the way I would have wanted it. Now I feel like time is of the essence and to waste anymore of it is almost a crime. Do you feel like time is running out on you even though you might live another 30 or 40 more years at least? I feel like it is never to late to realize your dreams, but at some point will this thinking become impractical?
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@crickethear (1420)
• United States
11 May 07
Sigma, you are absolutely correct. I can remember when I was under 30, it seemed that I had forever to live, and the time would go slower. Once I hit 30 + man, it seemed like a snap, and I hit 40. I hear this from everyone, that the older you get, the faster life gets. I don't know what causes it. Maybe mentally you look at life so differently, and in a more mature manner, that you take it more seriously. Also you have way more responsibilities as you get older, and don't live the "carefree" style. I can remember being younger, and hearing people say that, and I would think? hmmmmmm, what are they talking about? LOL, now I know.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
12 May 07
I heard an explanation for this happening. When we are younger, there is less time to frame in our minds, like fewer years to look back on. As we age, the number of years that we can recall increases and this makes it seem like time is passing quicker. I might be missing part of this answer. Or it might be that when we are younger we don't pay much attention to the passing of time. Then as we gain responsibilities and experiences, we look at time as being more important. Thanks.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
11 May 07
Hi Sigma, I shake my head as I ponder your question. I tell ya', I have always had a terrible time grappling with the concept of time. How can something feel like it was forever ago and just yesterday, both at the same time. Long ago I disempowered chronological time from my life. I rarely look at a clock or watch, I tend to trust my 'universal timing', and it's surprisingly accurate. In answer to your question, it doesn't really feel like time is more precious to me. Yet, I do find that I cherish the steps along the journey, with ever increasing ferocity. I guess we're kind of saying the same thing. Funny ... when I was a kid, my Grandmother used to say: "Watch out, time speeds up as you get older." It would seem that you and she share a similar perspective.
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
12 May 07
I agree about the clocks and watches. I haven't worn a watch in over a decade. And while we are at it, toss the calendar away too...lol. I look at time as something that passes only in the mind from referencing one point to another. I think..lol. I like your well written explanation.
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• United States
11 May 07
It is natural my friend. As we age, time gets more precious, and shorter. It is okay to go for your dreams still, however, sometimes they may be impractical. I try to live each day as if it were my last day, as it may very well be. Bless you sugar.
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
12 May 07
Thanks for the advice. I wish you well.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
13 May 07
I have to agree with you. When I was young, I took everything for granted. Now that I am in my 40's I think I have learned alot and I no longer take things for granted. I am more persistant in the quality of life that I want for myself and my family. I think more on terms of Eternal Life when I do things. I have my family reaised and now I am working on my writing more aggresively. I try not to waste my time with things of little importance.
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
30 May 07
I understand. Quality of life is important and as time seems to pass by, there is less of it to waste on things of little impotance. I agree.
@dmillman (2273)
• United States
11 May 07
That's totally how I've been feeling lately. I'm not at all where I expected to be when I was younger, that's for sure. As far as time going by fast, I got to witness that first hand watching my grandmother die of ovarian cancer. The funny thing, or corny depending on how you see it, is that a Bon Jovi song helps me out with this. It's off the 'Have a Nice Day' CD and it's called something like 'Welcome to Wherever You Are' and it's amazing. Look at the lyrics, and you'll see what I mean. I've kind of made it into my "theme song" (if that makes sense. I'm glad you posted this. It's good to know that we're not alone in how we feel about ourselves, our lives, etc. Thanks again!!!
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
12 May 07
If music works for you...that is great. I agree with you, in that my life now is anything but what I thought it would be 30 years ago. I guess I assumed so much about where I would be by now. BIG mistake!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
30 May 07
To me it isn't that it seems more valuable or precious. It just seems there isn't much actually. It seems to go by a lot quicker making me wish I was younger. Well wait I guess that means it COULD be more precious to me etc. But not really. It's just that it goes by way too fast for me in my 50's now. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
30 May 07
I can't believe I will be 60 in 3 more years. It doesn't seem possible. Living 100 years on earth is really very short when you compare it the the universe that might be 15 billion years old. Life is but a blink of the eye.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
17 Oct 07
I think I started feeling this way about 8 years ago when I was 31 and had just split up with my ex-b/f of 9 years. I couldn't believe I wasted so much time with him. I knew after 5 years that it was never going to work out but I kept telling myself that I didn't want to be a quitter and throw in the towel. I'm 39 now and everyone keeps reminding me that come June I will hit the big 4-0 and then it's all down hill. I don't care. I figure if I make it to 60 I'm doing good. If I make it to 70 I'm ahead of the ones that didn't make it to 70 and if I make it past 80...well, I don't know anyone on either side of my family that has made it past 80. My Grandma is going to be 77 in December. !!HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~