100 years 100%

Big scientific breakthrough!

I often wonder if we really do get wiser with age. And guess what?

After today, I believe it is true.

At 3/4 of a century I have attained knowledge that is surprising. An awareness, if you will. Truths that have surfaced. Misconceptions corrected. Perceptions that one believed for decades or eons. And the rest of the story (as they say).

Something happened today that completely and thoroughly shocked me. I won’t give details, because I never do.

I had an idea about a particular person that I had clung to for over fifty years. An idea in which I believed this person had had a particularly lush lovely life, which secretly I resented. Though I would have denied such a thing and believed the denial to be true.

Not only was my perception completely wrong, I then had to consider, why I let this thing live rent free in my mind for all those years.

See truth brought wisdom. And there have been several similar -on a much smaller scale – things that have come to light in my seventh decade.

That have made me wiser. Really wiser, Really!

So I got to thinking and came to the realization that at this pace of epiphany I should be 100% wise by 100 years!!

P.S. no need to inject reality here folks!

So I am off to contemplate the approach of perfect wisdom in twenty-five short years and bid you adieu from North of 43!

Chris G September 28th ‘22
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If you ever needed roller skates it’s when you are old.

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Well, I really just wanted a photo of the skates but thought I would also throw in a subtle plea.

Okay this post is not about oldsters on wheels. It’s about Tempus Fugit. Time flying – really fast- and a sense of trying to keep up with it.

James M. Broadway, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Brittiney Sandoval, a recent graduate of the same institution, answers in Scientific American:

This phenomenon, which Hammond has dubbed the holiday paradox, seems to present one of the best clues as to why, in retrospect, time seems to pass more quickly the older we get. From childhood to early adulthood, we have many fresh experiences and learn countless new skills. As adults, though, our lives become more routine, and we experience fewer unfamiliar moments. As a result, our early years tend to be relatively overrepresented in our autobiographical memory and, on reflection, seem to have lasted longer. Of course, this means we can also slow time down later in life. We can alter our perceptions by keeping our brain active, continually learning skills and ideas, and exploring new places.

Well I do try to do that. But all the explanations in the world do not satisfy my question about – how can I be 74 when I still remember how I felt at 24/34/44 – and that feeling feels like yesterday-you get the idea. And how it seems in-a-blink-of-an-eye to have happened.

I don’t think I help my perception when I find myself referring to myself as ’an old lady’. Hmm does perception make a difference?

I am full of questions today with very few answers. Maybe that is a plus when considering the above statement -‘We can alter our perceptions…’

Of course to throw another spanner into the works is the principle, at least I think it is a principle that time does not fly at all – we simply move through time.

Huh.

No matter time date or place, wherever you are today I hope it is lovely!

Chris G Saturday February 5th, 2022