A friend scrawled WHERE DID THIS YEAR GO? across the back of her Christmas letter.
Time seems to go so fast now. Why is that?
A quick Web search showed explanations similar to that of Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., who posted on Psychology Today that time perception has something to do with first-time life events making more lasting and detailed memories. Repeated events through the years are less likely to make impressions.
Time hasn’t accelerated, of course. However, as we get older, years seem to get shorter. I’m not alone in recalling 2012 as a blur.
My hairdresser said he heard more people say that last year than ever. Leave it to him, with his offbeat wisdom and humor, to spin a chat about aging and time perception to the evolution of senior citizens.
“Boomers rule,” he proclaimed.
Who would have thought Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones would still be rockin’ after 50 years, he continued, making his point.
Truth is, today’s seniors shatter the stereotypes of their predecessors. Perhaps that’s why months and years seem to zoom by for them. They’re active, vibrant and generally hip … including many who precede the Baby Boom generation.
For instance, I recently called my neighbor about getting together the next day. “I’ll let you know,” she said. “My mother wants to go to Hard Rock in Tampa tomorrow.” Her mother is 95.
At 92, a Northeast Florida pediatric dermatologist still practices medicine. That’s normal, he said, bemoaning the retirement of a colleague in his 60s. “Too soon,” he grumbled.
Any Wednesday night, check out the lounge at River City Brewing Company on the Southbank Riverwalk in downtown Jacksonville. First Coast Shag Club members, many in their 60s and 70s, pack the dance floor, shagging to Beach Music. And doing the Wobble, Tush Push, Cupid Shuffle and other line dances.
Socially, around the Jacksonville Beaches and beyond the Happy Hour Club draws women and men, many retired, together three times a month at rotating locations. “Socializing keeps you healthy, keeps your mind active and gives you something to look forward to,” said the founder. “Our regulars always know they’ll have something to do.”
Academically, University of North Florida’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute helps keep seniors’ brains young and alert by offering more than 100 courses from iPhone 101 to Battles of the Civil War.
So much for slowing down with age.
Here’s to 2013 … and making more memories!