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    I don't feel like answering all your questions, but I'll give you a couple of things I've noticed. They might be specific for me, but I don't think so.

    1. You know that feeling you get every now and then, where you're absolutely buzzing for no particular reason but especially when you're eg out on the town with friends? That feeling where you want to run around and yell and scream and do stupid things? An irresistible physical high, almost? Well that disappears.

    2. Okay I was going to give you a few more but I think they'd mostly be bitterness. You'll probably learn a lot about bitterness as you get older. It's a different beast from the younger equivalent, feeding as it does on far more regrets.

    3. Alright I'll give you one more. Making close friends? Way harder. Way, way harder. So make sure you get yourself a good set before you're 25 because chances are they'll have to last a long time. I'm not quite sure why this is. I have theories but they're pretty fuzzy.

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    Mental

    Are you as sharp as you used to be? Oh I think so.
    Do you think as much? More. Way more.
    Are you as creative, theoretically? Probably more.
    Do you still thirst for knowledge as much as you used to? Even more. Stopping learning is something I could never do, regardless of my age. This is why I am considering another degree even.
    Anything else you feel has changed significantly in this area? Not significantly. I've always wanted to learn and know everything. I think now I am more apt to look at methods and ways that I may not have considered when I was younger.

    Physical

    It's all pretty famous in this dimension.
    Anything not obvious you'd think I or anyone else would like to know about? I think I am better shape now than before I had kids (early-mid 20's). It is a little harder to keep weight off than it was then, although I eat much, much better now than I did then and regularly exercise. Lack of sleep will catch up to me faster and I'm much more inclined to not ignore my health as I use to be.

    Emotional

    The be all end all for me:-

    If you had powerful, deep, profound, mystical, whatever emotions/feelings before, do they still occur the same? How's their strength/importance to you changed? I think I'm capable of more profound feelings. When you hit 40 I think you "feel" your mortality and you want things to be felt deeply. I had never been in love until I was like 34 for example. The shock that I had not previously felt that was overwhelming when it did happen. I did feel a little I guess behind the curve at the time. But I'm so glad it happened when it did. So. Glad.

    If you never had such feelings before, anything changed? I'm more able to show what I'm feeling than I have ever been. That some of what I saw as weakness wasn't anything close to that.

    How's the stability of your emotions going? I don't think that will ever vary much.
    How's the strength of your emotions changed? I feel strong emotions strongly, I also let stuff that doesn't matter go.
    Do you find you have more control over them now? Yes

    Anything else outside these dimensions you think has changed due to aging? I know I enjoy and stop to enjoy life much more than I did before. When my kids were small and I worked like crazy and barely slept, I missed a lot. Now I don't miss what is important. My family and home life are not something I want to be away from for long. Sometimes I find a grey hair or I look at the wrinkles around my eyes and go FUCK! but that's just my vanity talking. I look pretty good for my age. Mentally I am much better. There isn't much to complain about but man...I like luxury in places I never even thought I'd care about in the past. My vehicle, furniture, sheets on my bed, even food. I notice the better things way more now. Nothing gets taken for granted.
    I like to rock n' roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands... I can only rock from like 1-3.

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    Thanks for all the responses so far!

    Liking the answers. Maybe it won't be so bad afterall!

    I'm expecially pleased about the emotional answers. More control, as much power. I look forward to it.

    Mentally as sharp and basically as creative. Good good.

    Quote Originally Posted by lillyofthevalley View Post
    Do you have any more questions? I'll be glad to answer if I can.
    Thanks for breaking the ice! I knew someone would see past the rudeness of my OP

    Very interesting stuff though. I'll be sure to ask any more Q's that come to mind. (anyone else want to throw some in?)

    Quote Originally Posted by lillyofthevalley View Post
    If you are in your late teens/early 20's you are most likely experiencing some turmoil just trying to get your adult life started. Most people at your age are bogged down with college, jobs, meeting new people, losing touch with old friends. You want to get out in the real world and live your life but circumstances have you still at home answering to parents, or dealing with the dynamics of sharing a place with other people, some of them may have been friends but now that you're living with them you're finding their habits are getting on your last nerve. Everything seems to be coming at you too fast but at the same time you feel like it's not going fast enough. Things are unsettling. You're making choices every day that you never had to deal with before and you're feeling a bit burdened, pressured, and unsure of yourself.

    I could very well be off the mark here, but am I close? How are you doing emotionally?
    Yeah you're pretty much there. Except for the living with other people part. The people I live with, including myself, are so laid back we don't conflict at all really. Only been a year so far though, and new people are moving in. During the holidays I do still answer to my parents aswell.

    I feel like I should be getting so much done. Learning lots of skills (languages, instruments, programming, cooking), lots of knowledge (physics, philosophy, maths, history, religion), training my body, writing stuff, making stuff, creating new theories, helping people, meditation, emotional development etc. It gets quite overwhelming, and frustrating when I inevitably fail.

    I'm not unsure of myself, I'm completely bewildered of myself! I have no idea what I'm doing in the grand scheme of things. I'm just winging it at the moment, doing what I think will help the most in future. My body, mind and emotions are very unpredictable from my POV.

    Emotionally, I think I'm doing quite well really. I'm difficult to upset and easy to excite. Annoyance is probably my main negative emotion, along with too much pride, if that's an emotion (I can't always take advice very well). I get nice powerful, deep, overwhelming feelings I can dwell on a lot. Generally I'm happy, if quite frustrated.

    Quote Originally Posted by alcea rosea View Post
    over 21 and old? Old? OLD?
    Sorry!

    I meant Antediluvian.

    Quote Originally Posted by JivinJeffJones View Post
    1. You know that feeling you get every now and then, where you're absolutely buzzing for no particular reason but especially when you're eg out on the town with friends? That feeling where you want to run around and yell and scream and do stupid things? An irresistible physical high, almost? Well that disappears.
    Awww

    Quote Originally Posted by JivinJeffJones View Post
    2. Okay I was going to give you a few more but I think they'd mostly be bitterness. You'll probably learn a lot about bitterness as you get older. It's a different beast from the younger equivalent, feeding as it does on far more regrets.
    Ha, an obvious one! Everyone knows old people are bitter souls.

    Quote Originally Posted by JivinJeffJones View Post
    3. Alright I'll give you one more. Making close friends? Way harder. Way, way harder. So make sure you get yourself a good set before you're 25 because chances are they'll have to last a long time. I'm not quite sure why this is. I have theories but they're pretty fuzzy.
    Noted.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffywolf View Post
    I don't think I'm old by the way, but I am older than 21 as you asked in the OP post. :P
    Significantly!

    Thanks though. I just thought 21+ was when the downward spiral aging process kicked in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erm View Post
    Thanks though. I just thought 21+ was when the downward spiral aging process kicked in.
    I was going to answer, but now after this cheeky comment, I shall have to ponder whether you are ready or even worthy, young padawan.

    Your title was eye-catching and forgivable, but this? You have much to learn, you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceBaby View Post
    I was going to answer, but now after this cheeky comment, I shall have to ponder whether you are ready or even worthy, young padawan.

    Your title was eye-catching and forgivable, but this? You have much to learn, you do.
    I apologise for my immaturity. But please don't hold back because of me!

    Think of the other people who are denied of your wisdom, because of my errors!

    Think of BlackCat! He will punish me for denying him knowledge

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    Questions:-

    Note: I'm more concerned with the non-environmental factors of aging (aging itself, as opposed to getting older), but I imagine they are hard/logically impossible to isolate.
    Mental

    Are you as sharp as you used to be?
    Do you think as much?
    Are you as creative, theoretically?
    Do you still thirst for knowledge as much as you used to?
    ^^ all of those more than ever. I was always curious but now I'm insatiable.

    Anything else you feel has changed significantly in this area?
    I'm a lot more focused with my mental energy.

    Physical

    It's all pretty famous in this dimension.
    Anything not obvious you'd think I or anyone else would like to know about?
    Dude, you gotta keep on top of your workouts and make sure you get enough sleep. And I also can't drink all night and then roll into work straight from the party anymore. I could survive the day but I will be paying for it sometime later that week.

    Emotional

    The be all end all for me:-

    If you had powerful, deep, profound, mystical, whatever emotions/feelings before, do they still occur the same? How's their strength/importance to you changed?
    I don't know if that changes much. Your life is filled with profound feelings from day one. But I guess I learned the power of acceptance, which was definitely profound. I don't lose my patience as easily.

    If you never had such feelings before, anything changed?

    How's the stability of your emotions going?
    How's the strength of your emotions changed?
    Do you find you have more control over them now?
    Anything else emotionally/feelingly changed?
    ^^my emotional state is the same, but I am more aware and compassionate. I am not as reckless with people's feelings as I used to be.

    Anything else outside these dimensions you think has changed due to aging?


    That's all the questions I can think of at the moment. Any relevant responses appreciated!

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    1. You know that feeling you get every now and then, where you're absolutely buzzing for no particular reason but especially when you're eg out on the town with friends? That feeling where you want to run around and yell and scream and do stupid things? An irresistible physical high, almost? Well that disappears.
    I agree with this one. Fun doesn't mean 'fun' anymore. I might say I had fun, but it was actually a really good time. I might say I had a blast, but it was better than a good time. I seldom experience the raw fun I had as a kid and I miss it.

    3. Alright I'll give you one more. Making close friends? Way harder. Way, way harder. So make sure you get yourself a good set before you're 25 because chances are they'll have to last a long time. I'm not quite sure why this is. I have theories but they're pretty fuzzy.
    I agree with this to a point. Everyone is busy and it's hard to get together long enough to develop a connection. Anyone who still has good friends from their 20's, good for you, but most people I know loose touch over the years. It's that life getting in the way thing again.

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    2. Okay I was going to give you a few more but I think they'd mostly be bitterness. You'll probably learn a lot about bitterness as you get older. It's a different beast from the younger equivalent, feeding as it does on far more regrets.
    Why bitter? No bitterness here.

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    isnt 'old' enough of a description of how bad its goning to be

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    I'm 40

    Mental

    Are you as sharp as you used to be? = Mentally, I felt like I started taking hits in the "quickness" department in my mid-30's. I also started to consistently forget names, even of people I knew well ... it would just not come to the surface, and I'd draw a complete blank.

    However, I also was undergoing major depression through much of my 30's and have slept poorly for a number of years, so I think that might be more the root than aging per se.

    Any computational speed I have lost, I've gained in depth-of-insight, I think, though. So I'm still content.


    Do you think as much? = I was completely passive and thought tediously about everything. Now I have a much richer, more varied tapestry of experience, and I actively engage the world. I don't think that means I "think less" but simply that I have stopped being so lopsided or thinking in isolation... I'm more apt to enjoy the moments.

    Are you as creative, theoretically? = No, I think I had more ambition + more flashes of unexpected insight in my 20's.

    Do you still thirst for knowledge as much as you used to? = I do, but whereas before it was all theoretical knowledge, now I'm far more apt to acquire it via immersion learning or relating to others. Life is learning, there's a lot to explore.

    Physical

    It's all pretty famous in this dimension.
    Anything not obvious you'd think I or anyone else would like to know about?
    = I move more comfortably in my body and have accepted myself, good and bad. I get tired easier, I need more rest, I have to eat better, it takes me longer to recuperate, I get worn out faster. I do have aches and pains that I never experienced before but I'm realizing it's just 'age' stuff, not that it means something is wrong.

    Emotional

    If you had powerful, deep, profound, mystical, whatever emotions/feelings before, do they still occur the same? How's their strength/importance to you changed? = I trust my feelings more than I used to -- they're an indicator of inner state, or of perceived violation of my identity, or expressing my desires -- another whole source of data I ignored when young in favor of the entirely rational. I get a lot more "N-style" flashes and metaphors, pattern recognition, than I did before.

    How's the stability of your emotions going? I am no longer constantly anxious and depressed. There is more a natural ebb/flow to my emotions, rather than pervasive negative intensity. When I cry now, it feels natural and even good.

    How's the strength of your emotions changed? I dunno. Now my emotions are more tempered, and I know how to deal with them, when to go with them and when to put a rein on it.

    Do you find you have more control over them now? = Yes.

    Anything else emotionally/feelingly changed? = I am more accepting of others, I realize who I like and dislike (before, I felt like I had to like everyone!) and sometimes those feelings are STRONG, I view emotions as positive, I love life, I give myself over to emotions more than I did in the past (while still keeping tabs so I don't make a misstep).
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