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HAS ANYONE ELSE EXPERIENCED THIS?
I found this to be the case as I’ve grown older, and now – in my fifties – more than ever:
I would wake up and start my day at around 9:00 am or so,
And two minutes later, it’s 2:00 pm!
When I would get ready to go out somewhere, whether it’s for errands or whatever,
I would start getting ready – shaving, getting dressed – at around a half-hour before its time to depart.
And a minute later, it’s past my time! I’m late!
When I’m winding down in bed at night, I’d be either reading or looking at various things on my Kindle Fire at around 10 o’clock or so.
And a couple of minutes later, it’s one in the morning!
Here is the kicker to all of that…
THIS IS THE CASE WHEN I MANAGE MY TIME WELL, AS I’M USUALLY GOOD AT DOING SO!
If you notice the time on this clock – it sometimes feels like I have to get a millions things done by 12:00, and that’s how much time I have. Photo courtesy of se.123rf.com
All right, here’s my point to all of this; I’m sure that’s what you’re asking right about now…
Much of the time, particularly in the past, I would feel overwhelmed whenever I found myself running late or in a real hurry to do something or get something done before a certain time.
I was especially difficult to deal with during my 20s, due to (I believe) my having Asperger’s Syndrome, being on the Autism Spectrum, as there were a couple of times where I completely shut down due to that overwhelming feeling.
I KNOW, I KNOW – this type of stress in common in neurotypicals, too. I’m fully aware that folks who don’t have any mental/emotional/social disabilities get pressed for time and stressed out on a regular basis due to that.
But I strongly feel that people on the spectrum are affected by this time stress in a more pronounced way; the wiring in their brains makes dealing with such stress more difficult to deal with effectively than someone who’s not on the spectrum.
At least, that’s my opinion.
Does anyone else feel like that?
What we all aspire to permanently get into, most of all me. Photo courtesy of chioficcialwebsite.com
One more area where I feel that time is going WAY too fast…
Yes, I know that this is the case for neurotypicals too, but I can only speak for myself;
I vividly recall turning twenty-five and thirty years old; 30 in particular as some friends of mine threw a party for me on the beach in Santa Monica – the last time I ever set foot in that sand (or any beach sand, for that matter), incidentally, as that beach has gotten far too crowded and touristy.
(Seemingly) two days later, I’ve had my fiftieth birthday and am on the cusp of turning fifty-one in a few weeks.
And I reckon in another couple of minutes, my sixtieth birthday will be approaching.
Then – God willing – my 70th and 80th.
That’s not an easy thing to ponder for someone who remembers with fondness his early, single-digit childhood with his grandparents in Riverside.
As I’ve already asked, does anyone else feel like this?
I know that there’s nothing I can do about time seemingly going faster than the Road Runner; it’s not like I can ask God to slow time down or push a button to slow the speed of time in half.
I basically wrote this to ask my fellow Aspies out there if they have experienced these feelings of stress and overwhelming due to it being 9:00 a.m. one minute and 9:00 p.m. the next.
That’s pretty much all I wanted to do here – thanks for reading…
Change the gender (of course), and this is how I’ve felt much of the time throughout my adulthood, and now more than ever. Image courtesy of metro.co.uk