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I want to have a general discussion about the passage of time, how things change, and so on.

I've been thinking about this a lot lately, because:

  • I turned 30 last year
  • GTX0 will be 10 years old this year

    Some of the things I've been thinking about:

  • Every decade really is different. You don't really notice it when you're growing up, but there's a lot of difference between different decades, particularly these last few where technology really went crazy. I guess this is the thing driving the 30-year nostalgia

  • Apparently if you want to accomplish anything, you have to do it FUCKING NOW because looking back on things, there are these giant years-long delays that procrastination causes.

  • Similarly, actually accomplishing things takes time. You can overwork yourself and work long hours on a project and it might *still* take a month.

  • Memories are fucking weird... I have like, really vivid memories of things that happened or that I thought about at 14 that are like they happened yesterday, but then meanwhile huge trips / life experiences are basically faded out, and also I don't know what I ate last week.

    Idk, I'm probably rambling at this point.

    What are you guys's thoughts on the swift passage of time?

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    My thought on the passage of time would take a about a week to write out on my phone, so I'll have something more substantial to input upon the morrow, when I can get on my computer again.

    Posted April 12th by Black Yoshi

    Memories are fucking weird... I have like, really vivid memories of things that happened or that I thought about at 14 that are like they happened yesterday, but then meanwhile huge trips / life experiences are basically faded out, and also I don't know what I ate last week.

    Memories are really strange. A lot of the things that get burned into are head are things that are traumatic or that we have some big association with. What you ate last week doesn't stick in your mind because it's mundane or unimportant but a lot of times you can remember details (including what you ate) if there's an event to tie to it.

    Examples:

    Yesterday I had sushi from some place I'd never had before. I have an event of what happened before tied to it so it's likely that in the future I'll remember that I went there.

    Sunday my nephew was born and the events surrounding that will likely stay in my mind also including what I was doing or what time I woke up, etc.

    3 weeks ago I had a regular dinner. There's no event tied to that so I likely won't remember what I ate at all pretty soon.

    But I'm someone who can remember a lot of details, even surrounding dates. For me remembering when something happened is a way to keep me grounded or to understand my surroundings in reality.

    Posted April 12th by Fox Forever

    I like to think that my brain stores everything it can in long-term memory, then forgets where it stored those things, so trying to remember something for me can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. In a way, my brain is like my house when my dad was still alive (he was a hoarder so we were constantly up to our necks in junk).

    There are times where I can't help feeling how fast time has flown for me. Sometimes it seems just yesterday that I was ten years old and my friends and I were kicking each other's asses in Mario Party, and that was almost eighteen years ago now. Sometimes it seems just yesterday I was a senior in high school, and that was ten years ago.

    And there are those times when it feels like things happened a million years ago, even if they literally did happen just yesterday. Following my dad's passing, for example, I spent the first year or so just trying to wrap my head around the idea that he was gone, and every day of my life at that point, I woke up thinking that his passing had happened yesterday. Nowadays, it feels as though it happened thirty years ago or more (and I'm only four months shy of 28, mind us).

    I can go on and on about all that's happened in the last ten years, and in the ten years prior to those, but that would turn this reply into a novel; suffice it to say that I'll sometimes look back in wonderment that so much time has passed so quickly. In about three weeks it will have been a year since we put our dog down, and in a week after that, a year since we got our cat. And sometimes it feels like all of that happened just yesterday.

    The mind, indeed, is a wonderful, mysterious thing, isn't it?

    Posted April 12th by Black Yoshi

    “Time is an illusion. Lunchtime, doubly so.”
    —— Hitchhikers’ Guide

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