Can you think of things you used to care about but don't any more?

@TheHorse (201121)
Walnut Creek, California
October 22, 2019 11:59am CST
I used to be an avid softball player. Any town I moved to, I'd find a team or two to play on. I was very good, and won many championships. I even played along side of Dan Dakich, a former Indiana University basketball player who had guarded an American basketball player named Michael Jordan when IU played North Carolina. Michael Jordan went on to become a star in the NBA, and Dakich went on to become a coach and commentator. But about ten years ago, I realized I was just a happy when one of our softball games was rained out as I was when we had a game! I still play, but I've kind of lost my fire. Another thing I lost interest in over the years was American Football. I used to watch football every Sunday, and looked forward to Monday Night Football, even if teams I didn't care about were playing. I blame it on all of the domestic abuse and other crimes being committed by NFL players (and Colin Kaepernick's antics), but I think I just...lost interest. Can you think of things that used to be of great importance to you but aren't any more? I'm trying to think of other examples from my life, but those were the first two that came to mind. My softball trophies sometimes remind me of shrunken heads when I look at them atop my book case. My interest in generating music is increasing as I age.
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@akalinus (39926)
• United States
22 Oct 19
I used to care what other people think. I don't anymore. I just want to be true to myself and if someone doesn't like it, oh well. I try to be a decent human being but some people are always critical and demeaning.
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Oct 19
I think I still care a bit about what people think. But I've become more self-accepting and less competitive.
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@andriaperry (116878)
• Anniston, Alabama
22 Oct 19
I don`t care either.
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@Taha10 (14)
• Tanzania
22 Oct 19
I don't care as well, it's 'cause it will make you more depressed, shy and un-socialized. Example; You love, well that's too far, let's say, you like a girl in your class, and you think that she might be thinking you're stupid and act dumb, while she likes guys who act dumb and make jokes around. And that's what makes you unmotivated to hangout or chat with her.
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@FourWalls (60339)
• United States
22 Oct 19
Television. I cut the cable cord two years ago, and I haven’t missed anything except the outrageous payments! Ditto music. I’ve been discovering Brandi Carlile lately.
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@FourWalls (60339)
• United States
22 Oct 19
@JohnRoberts — you speak evil, man! Wash your mouth out! There are four seasons: baseball, playoffs, hot stove, and spring training. Don’t ever forget that!
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Oct 19
Tell us more about Brandi Carlile.
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@JohnRoberts (109866)
• Los Angeles, California
22 Oct 19
Now if we could just ween you off baseball and weather reports......
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@WorDazza (15836)
• Manchester, England
22 Oct 19
I used to watch every football (soccer) game I possibly could. I would often watch 4 games over a weekend but now I can take it or leave it. I make an effort to watch my team (Newcastle United) if they're on TV but anyone else I can take or leave these days. As more and more money has been poured into the game I've become less interested. Players earning £250000 per week has just led to there being zero connection between players and fans.
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@WorDazza (15836)
• Manchester, England
22 Oct 19
@TheHorse My sister's partner played for Newcastle United during the 1980s. When he retired due to injury he was earning £2000 per week. Very good money in those days but certainly not enough to retire on at the age of 32. He's had to work normal(ish) jobs ever since. Players these days only need one decent contract and they're set for life.
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Oct 19
I agree. I remember my dad being shcoked that WIllie Mays made $100,000 a year while he made maybe $25,000 a year teaching English at University of California. The absurd amount athletes make does increase the "disconnect."
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@JohnRoberts (109866)
• Los Angeles, California
22 Oct 19
It is difficult watching grown men playing a game for outrageous sums.
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@andriaperry (116878)
• Anniston, Alabama
22 Oct 19
Sure, I have many. One is t.v. I used to be addicted now I might watch a couple hours a week. I have pretty much moved into the stage of needing security for old age, setting up a new business has been my goal for some time, I am seeing it come now, I have actually written the plan and I am checking off each step. I also love writing more.
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Oct 19
I enjoy writing and music more...well, I've always enjoyed both...but yes, even more now. I kind of lost interest in TV in my 20s. But I watch even less now than I did then. Good one.
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@JohnRoberts (109866)
• Los Angeles, California
22 Oct 19
I have had a life long love affair with movies so can never cut the screen!
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• Defuniak Springs, Florida
22 Oct 19
There are two things that stuck out in this picture to me. 1. Its time for you to dust. 2. What's the penguin book about? Lol, yeah theres some stuff that I used to care about that I couldn't care less about now. A few hobbies, some people lol.
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Oct 19
@andriaperry How would you organize them?
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Oct 19
I always need to dust here. "Do Penguins Have Knees?" is a collection of odd questions and answers.
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@andriaperry (116878)
• Anniston, Alabama
22 Oct 19
I want to rearrange those books! LOL
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• Mexico
22 Oct 19
I think I've grown apart from music, guess It's since I stopped dancing that I don't listen to that much music anymore
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• Kiryat Ata, Israel
22 Oct 19
@samysotelo18 did you like dancing a specific kind of dance like, hip hop, jazz, salsa, balroom ? I used to like fitness, strength, I used to work out st the gym. Now not anymore.
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• Kiryat Ata, Israel
22 Oct 19
@samysotelo18 that is a lot of dancing, a lot of music. Do you miss it ?
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• Mexico
22 Oct 19
@stringer321 Yes! I was in hiphop and salsa classes, also fitness and aerobics
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• United States
22 Oct 19
I think my main things would be cooking, the holidays. This mainly has to do with, all my kids are grown and have families of their own, so I'm living by my self now. I used to love planning and fixing meals for everyone, now that it's just me, I could care less if I cook or not. As far as the holidays goes, mostly Christmas, I thlnk the main reason I don't care about it as much is because of the fact you can't even get through Halloween before there's Christmas items on the selves and Christmas movies and shows on tv.
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
29 Dec 19
I wuish they would at least wait until just before Thanksgiving. Christmas is supposed to be about Jesus. But it's really abut making money.
@marguicha (212838)
• Chile
22 Oct 19
I think that I am less social as time goes by. I am enjoying more my time alone.
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@marguicha (212838)
• Chile
24 Oct 19
@TheHorse These last days, my daughters have both come to keep me company. I have had to make more food and the floor has some cereals left by Sofía I might as well be happy with this. But Leticia is not coming (she lives hours away from my house and there´s not a possibility of reaching the other end) So, when the girls come again, I´ll give them a broom.
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Oct 19
So am I.
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Oct 19
@marguicha Heh. How old are they?
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@much2say (53222)
• Los Angeles, California
22 Oct 19
When I was a kid, the family was very much into the LA Dodgers . . . I watched the games and knew every player . . . these days I don't even realize it's baseball season . I used to get so excited about amusement parks and rides . . . these days it's all for my kids but my heart doesn't race about getting on rides anymore. I'm pretty sure I could add tons more to the list.
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@much2say (53222)
• Los Angeles, California
23 Oct 19
@TheHorse Ohhh, Hubby never liked those tea cups either or any spinny rides. What's Whack-a-Mole . . . I'm thinking of the game where you smash the mole heads that pop up.
@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Oct 19
Oh, I think my roller coaster days are over. Even the little tea cups would probably make be barf. I love Whack-a-Mole, though.
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@stringer321 (5643)
• Kiryat Ata, Israel
22 Oct 19
I have almost lost all interest in UFC, but, I didn't care about it as something to care for... It is just a sport after all. Something I still care about is the volunteering at the computers class in my city local center. I don't go there anymore because of my job, my new hobbies... I don't care anymore about my studies, I have stopped it completely. I didn't succeeded and studied too much... You know, maybe you can listen to the song "we care a lot" by Faith No More, maybe it will remind you of things you cared about.
• Kiryat Ata, Israel
24 Oct 19
@TheHorse it is the world's top league of mixed martial arts. It goes like this: 2 fighters enter an octagon cage ring and fight each other following some rules. I used to watch it. Not anymore.
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Oct 19
What is UFC?
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Oct 19
@stringer321 So it is not like "professional wrestling"? It's "real"? I was a top wrestler in my weight class in my day. But I did not "enjoy" it. I prefer team sports, like baseball.
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@wolfgirl569 (91241)
• Marion, Ohio
22 Oct 19
I used to read a lot and work puzzles a lot. I still enjoy both but dont do them like I used too. Also still love having my horses, but I dont feel the need to ride them anymore.
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@wolfgirl569 (91241)
• Marion, Ohio
24 Oct 19
@TheHorse 2 need trained but you can do that if you want. George has had a saddle on but thats it. Peaches has not had a lot of work at all. Just a big pet. Then we have Tee who was trained in reining but hasnt been ridden in 10 plus years
@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Oct 19
Can I ride them?
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@MALUSE (69430)
• Germany
22 Oct 19
I used to live on the banks of one of the big rivers in Germany. I was a member of a canoe club and owned a foldable paddle boat. I was on the water every free minute and also camped a lot with my friends. But when I had finished school, I moved away from the area to study and that was the end of it.
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
22 Oct 19
Interesting one. I loved canoeing as a kid, and still enjoy kayaking, though I don't seek it out that often.
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@JohnRoberts (109866)
• Los Angeles, California
22 Oct 19
Too many I think. Perhaps an affliction of old age.
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Oct 19
But "don't give a sh*t" has its advantages.
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@LindaOHio (148170)
• United States
22 Oct 19
I used to love doing needlework - embroidery, needlepoint, etc. but am now unable to do it; so I've lost interest in it. I used to be a voracious reader but have lost that interest too.
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Oct 19
My reading has slacked off recently. I should do some tonight before I "crash." I always have a book "going," but I don't read as much as I would like to.
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@LindaOHio (148170)
• United States
24 Oct 19
@TheHorse Me neither. I think it has to do with a lack of concentration for me. What I need to do is just start a book; and my interest will pick up and I'll start reading again.
@agent807 (752)
• United States
27 Oct 19
Growing up, I wasn't into many sports until I found that I could play and that was football. I was a big boy so I had the athletic finesse of a brick which didn't work in other sports. But in football, I was already bigger and stronger than the other players so it made stopping me more difficult. I only played in the neighborhood, then community teams were formed. I tried to play for them but it was determined that due to my size and strength, it would be risky for I could hurt someone. The interest started going downward when I was involved in a car accident which required a hip replacement so if I wanted to have a career in football, I no longer could. I eventually recovered and continued on my quest to build more strength, which was aided by me being a late bloomer so this big boy was almost a tank. I thought I could still play. So I still played with people in the area, never on an official team. Then one day, I ran into a person too hard and broke their leg. This wasn't done on purpose but I was the only 300 pound guy out there and never thought that I could potential kill someone if I hit them hard enough. I gave up after that. These days, I still like lifting heavy (being a big gorilla has become part of my persona), but I have a hard time watching football. Between the hard hits that could end someone's career, and the NFL games seems so choreographed; no one takes risks. Then there are the injuries and life after that career. The players who have gotten abusive and violent. The lust for these games isn't there for me anymore. Now, I like drawing, writing, heavy lifting, and cars. I would have thought my love for cars would go away, but it has evolved and it is still as strong as ever. Oh, and I no longer like being with large groups of people. It used to be my thing and I guess overtime, the introvert in me does not want that anymore. I would rather just have a smaller, private intimate like moments particularly with a companion (if I ever find one).
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
29 Dec 19
I also like more nuanced moments now. I was the muscular but not that large speedy guy that would catch deep passes for touchdowns. But I don't really care about winning any more.
• United States
23 Oct 19
Things in general and what I mean is acquiring material objects. Could not care less.
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Oct 19
Oh, I agree. I really don't need more things.
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@LadyDuck (450214)
• Switzerland
23 Oct 19
YES, TV, I liked to watch TV shows, the news, even the weather, I do not watch TV anymore.
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@LadyDuck (450214)
• Switzerland
24 Oct 19
@TheHorse I listen to the radio sometimes when my husband is driving, just to know if there are accidents or closed roads, the radio is still the best way to know immediately.
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Oct 19
Nor do I. But I sometimes still listen (on the radio) to 60 Minutes on my way home from somewhere on Sunday nights.
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Oct 19
@LadyDuck The radio is where I get most of my news, including traffic news.
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@1creekgirl (39785)
• United States
22 Oct 19
Many years ago I was a charter member in a local doll club, but after a few years I lost interest and quit. I still have my favorite dolls, but don't buy any new ones now. That reminds me of one time we were driving through Charlotte, NC and I saw a big sign on a building that read, "The Doll Club." I told my husband I wanted to stop and he said, no you don't. I said yes I do! Then he told me it was a "Gentleman"s" club, not the kind of dolls I collected. But back to your subject, I think as we age, our interests change. I've always loved to read and that continues for me.
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@1creekgirl (39785)
• United States
24 Oct 19
@TheHorse I just always loved dolls and enjoyed the club. We had a show each year and a couple of my dolls won blue and red ribbons. My two favorites are the china head doll that belonged to my great grandmother in Illinois and the doll I made to look like my daughter.
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@1creekgirl (39785)
• United States
25 Oct 19
@TheHorse They're really special to me. They're one of a kind, for sure. The doll I made to look like our daughter has on the dress I made for her first birthday, her baby shoes and ring, a photo of her at the party, and little black curls with a few freckles.
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Oct 19
@1creekgirl Those sound really cool.
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@Fleura (28436)
• United Kingdom
22 Oct 19
Whenever I visited a new place, I always had to rush around and see 'the sights', or at least as many as possible. Now I'm not quite so bothered about that and can just enjoy the atmosphere. Just as well though because with the family in tow it's far more difficult to get around many places anyway!
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@Fleura (28436)
• United Kingdom
23 Oct 19
@TheHorse True, although I certainly don't regret rushing to see the things I did when I had the chance as I haven't had another!
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Oct 19
@Fleura Yes, I'm glad I've seen things like the Eiffel Tower and the Coliseum. But my best memories of Europe are mostly of conversations with relative strangers.
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Oct 19
I could easily do the same. The overall feel is more important than seeing the Eiffel Tower (Paris) or the Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago).
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@nanette64 (20368)
• Fairfield, Texas
23 Oct 19
Yeah, it's funny how things change @TheHorse . I use to clean, scrub and scour all the time but nowadays unless someone tells me they're coming to visit; I don't. After all; it's only me and the critters 99.9% of the time and I don't really think they care if I've got the vacuum cleaner going. LOL.
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Oct 19
Dist is my friend. But I do enjoy vacuuming and seeing the dust bunnies swirl around and around.
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@TheHorse (201121)
• Walnut Creek, California
28 Oct 19
@nanette64 Last night, on my way home from Michael's, I drove through a layer of smoke so think that it was hard to breathe. Interestingly, it was at the top of a hill, not in a valley. But it was only a mile stretch. I am not in immediate danger, and I haven't even lost power through all this!
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@nanette64 (20368)
• Fairfield, Texas
27 Oct 19
@TheHorse All I have to do is turn on the vacuum and the critters head for the hills. I think they're worried that I'm gonna vacuum them; although my Mom had one that absolutely loved it when she did it. BTW; you're not close to those fires are you? I'm worried about you.
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