a reply to: lavatrance
Time is not shrinking, but your perceptions of it might be. Anyone who tells you they are as fast, fit, agile and spritely at age thirty, as they were
at age eighteen, must have either been one lazy bastard when they were eighteen, or lying to themselves at age thirty. And the same can be said for
any fifty year old who tells you they are as solid and speedy as they were when they were thirty.
From what I understand, having read accounts of, and listened to people who have attained middle age, it is probably a combination of a gradual
decrease in neurokinetic speed, and the slow accumulation of damage to the motive joints in the body, and attendant muscles and tendons, slowing you
down imperceptibly, and yet taking more of your time away from you in making it impossible for you to complete tasks at the same speed as you used to.
Your mind is used to one pace being exactly x distance, and taking x milliseconds to complete, and the same can be said for moving groceries, taking
a shower, putting on clothes, and all the things a human being does during a day without thinking about them. But as much as your mind might be used
to the speed at which you remember doing things before, your body, for all that it might be in great shape, just will not be moving at the same speed
it did. Again, it would only have to be a small change in task completion speed to throw you off.
It is said that a step on a set of stairs only needs to be two millimetres different from the others, to make a person stumble. I would have thought
this is a similar situation. Your mind is currently faster than your body, and has arranged its day according to your old task completion rate, and
you are not getting done in a day what you think you should, because your mind has not accounted for the small difference in the amount of time that
one action takes. Those differences add up during a day.
So now, the crucial thing is this:
Make a plan. Plan around it. So, you will not be doing groceries, work, fitness, and socialising all in the same day. Who cares? Make a plan to
devote one day a week to each thing, or at least limit the number of things you try to do during a day, to cut out the part you fail to complete?
Either way, make a plan which takes into account the facts. Time is constant, but perception is far from it.