Do the years seem shorter when you get older?

United States
November 21, 2008 11:47am CST
It seems that when I was a kid, it took forever to get through the year, and I felt like I would never grow up and I would never graduate high school because it just seems so far off to me. But it seems that as we get older, the years seem to go by faster. Do you feel the same way? Why do you think it is? I think maybe it has something to do with the information stored in our brain each year. I have always been intrigued by this feeling that we have of time.
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@syfarisk (378)
• Malaysia
21 Nov 08
Yes, it does. But of course we all agree that nothing actually happen to the time. It's the maturity we have as adults, and our ability to think forwards. Also, our emotion is more stable. One of the things that causes children to feel that time is moving very slowly, is because they worry about things. As adults, we are more mature, and have a more stable emotion, so we don't worry as much as children. Plus, we have the ability to think forwards. Children will think about what is happening to them at that moment in time. Their emotion will be based on that. For example, when they get a toy, they will be so happy and feel on top of the world, but when they asked for it and they didn't get one, they will feel very angry and disappointed and will cry. These things makes them feel that time is moving slower because they're focused on the present. But as adults, we know how to think rationally, think forwards and think about the consequences of things. We know how to plan our day, our week, our month, or even our year. And that kind of thinking that's based on thinking of the future, makes us feel as if time is shorter.
• United States
21 Nov 08
I'm not sure I agree that adults don't worry as much as children. In fact, I think most adults worry more as they get more responsibility. But it is an interesting idea, that children dwell on the moment and adults think to the future which is why our sense of time is skewed.
@goldeneagle (6776)
• United States
21 Nov 08
Yeah, it is weird how that seems to happen. There are still the same number of hours in a day, and still the same number of days in a year, yet the time seems to fly by these days. It seemed like an eternity from one Thanksgiving and Christmas to the next. It seemed like the school year would never end. Even the summer breaks seemed to last forever some times. Things are totally different now. The years seem to be flying by. It seems like only yesterday we were watching the fireworks on July 4th, and here it is less than a week from Thanksgiving. I guess it is because we all stay so busy these days. I just hope I don't wake up one day wondering where my life has gone.
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@my2boys (821)
• United States
21 Nov 08
Yes! Years seem a lot shorter as I have gotten older. I remember as a kid I wanted to grow up so bad and the time just went by so slowly. Now that I am older the years are flying by and I wish I could have that time back that I spent trying to rush away.
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