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Why is time passing so fast? It's frustrating!

Asked by Written (825points) April 15th, 2011

I’m in the second year of highschool. It’s like I was 8th grade a week ago. And it was, two years ago. So many things happened in between, good and bad, yet, it all seems like nothing.

I remember when I was, 12/13 and thinking – ’‘18? That’s so far away!’’ I’m turning 18 next year. The second half of 2010 and the few months of 2011 have passed so quickly! It’s depressing! I hate it!

It’s like, a day goes by so fast, because I, like many, many others, am in a daily routine. Get up, do this, do that, sleep. Rinse, repeat. In two years, I will be going to college.

Seems like a lot now, but, looking at how quickly the past two years flew by, I’m afraid the next two will be the same. Things like this trigger questions in my mind like ’‘what’s the point of all this?’’; ’‘what’s the point of life’’ and so on.

How do you deal with this? I know I’m not the only one with this ’‘problem’’.

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math_nerd's avatar

Try being 30+. It gets much worse. A few months ago I thought I was 32. Turns out I was 33. Make the most out of it, it goes fast.

Afos22's avatar

And it gets faster each year, trust me.

Written's avatar

So, do I just, ’‘get over it’’, or what? How do you deal with the thought that time is something that flies by so fast?

The_Inquisitor's avatar

I usually just get over it after a while. I try to create memories, take lots of pictures and such. I also feel that life is too short, and passing too quickly. I was in high school, and now freshman in university. Soon I’ll start to wither away and become a lady who just goes to work everyday.
Haha, NAWT.. We have life, you add memories and things into them. Make trips, take risks, go for adventures. Live life, and just enjoy what you have, enjoy every day of your life. ... Enjoy your youth. Everyone gets old. I turn 19 by the end of this year.

My days consist of waking up, going to lectures, taking notes, eating, sleeping, studying. But in-between all that, you could add some fun. Make new friends, socialize, go out, study with new people, plan trips, try new things. You’ll get over it soon. I go through phases of this thinking occasionally. So, don’t worry!

Afos22's avatar

On dealing with the thought: think about other things. I remember, when I was younger, I would think about dying and such. It kept me awake. The faster you accept that life is too short, and pretty pointless, the faster you can move past those discouraging thoughts and be happier.

The_Inquisitor's avatar

Deal with it, by…taking action and making your life feel different. Plan things! From boredom, I found interest in joining the military. I looked up information about it, found it to be extremely interesting, and aimed for it. And look where I am now? I’m in the military, and loving it. I feel so proud. Maybe instead of looking back at your life and seeing that it went too fast, you’ll remember the great memories and just cherish it.

There’s always times that I felt that I had too much to do too. In grade 10, I was enrolled in many different classes, martial arts, piano lessons, swimming lessons, part-time job, and everything. I just thought that it was too much, so I quit it all, and realized how boring it was without all of them. You don’t really realize how much you have till it’s gone. If you take time to realize and enjoy your life as it is, maybe you won’t feel so down about how it’s going too fast?

Bellatrix's avatar

Keep a diary so you can at least see what you achieved during that super fast period that just flew by. As has been suggested, make plans, have goals.

It does seem to go faster and faster and faster though the older you get. Seems only yesterday I was opening Christmas presents, now it is April. Sounds like you are having fun though and that is why it probably seems to be going to fast. Live in the moment as much as you can. While it is good to plan and have goals, don’t be so focused on them you can’t enjoy the moment. Take time out often to just look around and enjoy where you are and who you are today.

Nullo's avatar

It’s a matter of relative time, experience over duration. When you’re 5, a year is 1/5 of your life. When you’re 10, it’s 1/10. When you’re 15, it’s 1/15th. And so on. As the years go by, the intervals get smaller and smaller until, theoretically, they cease to register at all.
Once senility sets in, you won’t care.

Aethelwine's avatar

Enjoy every moment you have and don’t sweat the small stuff. That’s all you can do. Otherwise you’ll live a life of regret.

Roby's avatar

If you think it passing fast now..wait until your retired and over the hill so to speak… You will feel like your sliding down hill on greased glass.

mattbrowne's avatar

Fast-paced life.

Here’s an effective antidote: slow down your thoughts deliberately from time to time (search for details around you, little things that you’ve never noticed before, listen to a poem, find out which instruments are playing when listening to a CD…).

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