I got a text the other day from a 40-something mom I know whose daughter was about to turn 17. She said:
“I always say about raising kids that days are long, years are short!”
My response was that at this age, I notice that days are short, weeks are also short and years are even shorter. Way shorter. They zoom by. Don’t you agree? It seems like time just flies by now, and I’m not certain why it should feel any different now.
I recently read something that explained it this way:
When we’re young, say five years old, one year passing represents 20 percent of our life so it seems like a long time. At 50, one year represents 2 percent of our life.So the same time span relative to our life experience seems much longer when we’re younger than when we’re older.
Did you get that?
My husband has a tweak on that. It goes as follows: take the years from 18-22, when we are in college. Those four years are a whole stage of our life with discrete elements that we work through. There is a beginning and end that we can measure.
But from 65 to 69 is not a distinct span– no discrete units–we’re not moving from one stage to another. Time just flows together without individual milestones or elements. That makes it feel faster.
These are concepts that muddle my brain. All I know is that years are getting shorter at this age and time seems to be speeding by, faster than ever.
So what do you think? Do you agree with either of these takes or do you have one of your own?