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The last word on… How to stop time speeding up

Why do childhood holidays feel like an eternity, yet now the years flash by? Oliver Burkeman clocks the life-time paradox

This is a strange truth that anyone older than 25 will already know: as life goes on, time seems to speed up. Think back to childhood when holidays seemed to last forever and you attended school for what felt like decades. Now consider last year, by contrast, and it probably raced by. As those in their 30s and 40s will know, the efect gets worse with age – and, for people in their 70s, a year can lash by in what seems like days. ‘Where did the time go?’ we wonder. One study found that if you’re 40, assuming you live to be 80, your life, in terms of your subjective experience of time, is already 70 per cent gone. It’s all rather terrifying. Fortunately, though, you have the power to change things.

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