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How to slow down the speed of time inside your head?

When I looked at the calendar and noticed that this year was half gone, I started to feel panicked. I remember being a child and feeling like each day would never end, now I feel like I can't blink without another week being gone. I know that the feeling that life is speeding up is quite common, and it's a little scary for me. Beyond mindfulness techniques and seeking out novel experiences, I am wondering if people can share ideas/hacks for how to fight this effect. How do I stop feeling like time is passing me by too quickly?
posted by long haired child on Jun 3, 2013 - 25 answers

Why do people die from viruses?

How can I explain to my 7-year-old why viruses kill their hosts? [more inside]
posted by stinker on Apr 4, 2013 - 18 answers

My thoughts about death have started making me afraid to live.

For the last 6 or 7 days, I've been fixated on death, and not in a suicidal context. How do people normally handle constant thoughts about their mortality, and how can I stop this from crippling my ability to "live?" [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Mar 19, 2013 - 45 answers

Did anyone survive in the trenches of World War I from beginning to end?

How many soldiers (if any?) survived the entirety of the fighting of either the western or eastern front of World War I? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Mar 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Awkward Ages to be an Orphan

Can you recommend poems to read for this particular existential contemplation? [more inside]
posted by rumposinc on Jan 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Can you help me index and annotate my brain for my daughter.

I have a health condition that may end my life prematurely. I am an "older" parent of an only child who is currently 8 years old. It's important to me that I leave a record of who I was. Can you help me with strategies to help me "index and annotate" myself for her, so that when she is older she could have an idea of her father as an adult beyond just the Daddy that I am to her now? [more inside]
posted by nickjadlowe on Dec 13, 2011 - 42 answers

Babar, Mortality and Me

Which of the Babar books deal with death? This question stems from a childhood anecdote that goes a little something like this . . . [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 27, 2011 - 7 answers

You gave me life but it belongs to me now

How do I stop feeling responsible to my family for keeping myself safe and guitly for taking risks? [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis on Apr 26, 2011 - 19 answers

How I Learn To Stop Worrying and Love the Dog?

First time dog owner here: How do I deal with the fact that my dog will die (eventually)? [more inside]
posted by Gucky on Mar 22, 2011 - 24 answers

Readings for a course on death and philosophy

Philosophical approaches to death and dying. I am prepping a college course; looking for great readings on philosophical questions about death, but also: world religious/cultural traditions about dying/funerals/mourning/afterlife, how people in death-related jobs see their work (undertakers, hospice workers, doctors, chaplains, military/police...), writings of people who have terminal illnesses, psychological research on preparation for dying, etc. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Dec 14, 2010 - 51 answers

Rememberance of Things Past

What do you wish you asked / discussed with your parents whilst you still had time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2010 - 37 answers

Will my Facebook photos still be around in 600 years?

Can you point me to any good writing (research-based, speculative, or heck, even fictional) about the potential historical permanence or impermanence of digital media? I'm interested in both professional (theatrical movies, book publishing, maps...) and personal (digital snapshots, Livejournal, email...) forms of digital information storage. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Aug 31, 2010 - 8 answers

Happy cat is happy, but could be happier?

Why is YOUR cat the happiest cat there is? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Jul 18, 2010 - 44 answers

Waking up on moving vehicles!

Waking up in moving vehicles sends me into existential crises. What? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Jun 30, 2010 - 23 answers

How do I deal with knowing my true love is as mortal as the rest of us?

I have found "the one" I want to spend the rest of my life with and I cant stop thinking that one day she will die. How to deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2010 - 36 answers

A child's thoughts on the death of his dog.

QuoteFilter: Looking for a quote about the death of a dog from the perspective of a small child I read a few months ago on these here interwebs, but I can't for the life of me remember where, and my google-fu is failing. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on May 4, 2010 - 5 answers

how to help a grieving grandma

What can I do to help my mother deal with all her friends dying of old age? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Mar 19, 2010 - 7 answers

What song is this?

Help-Me-Find-a-Song-Filter: I heard this once on a CD compilation burned by someone I don't know. I think it's in waltz time. It's sung by a female, possibly Neko Case or someone who has a similar voice. It's a beautiful, haunting song in which the chorus asks a question like "how can I be mortal?" I don't think it's in these exact words but that is the gist.
posted by xenophile on Feb 24, 2010 - 4 answers

How to tell children about death book suggestions for a single dad

A friend's father passed away suddenly and he is having difficulty formulating a way to tell his daughter. What books would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by spec80 on Dec 16, 2009 - 11 answers

When do children develop a sense of their own mortality?

At what age does a child realize his or her mortality? [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Aug 27, 2009 - 44 answers

Above us, only sky...

Someone close to me recently passed away. For the most part I'm okay, but what stops me in my tracks is the idea that there may not be an afterlife. How do I come to terms with this? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Mar 3, 2009 - 41 answers

How do I figure out mortality statistics for people born in 1890?

I'm trying to figure out what percentage of people born in 1890 were still alive in 1920 and then 1950 and so on, until we can say for certain that every person born in 1890 is 100 percent definitely dead. I've looked at the 1890 and 1920 census, but they don't have mortality tables. [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Apr 22, 2008 - 12 answers

When is she likely going to die?

Calling all AskMe health care professionals. My acquaintance has been an alcoholic for at least two decades. She's in the hospital again, and I need realistic expectations about her survival. This is a long one, I'm afraid. [more inside]
posted by lilywing13 on Feb 19, 2008 - 17 answers

When and howdo prey animals die, vs. preadator species?

How do prey animals die versus predator animals? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality on Jul 4, 2007 - 12 answers

It wasn't "just a headache."

My husband's stepdad just got a tumor removed from his brain yesterday. It was malignant. [more inside]
posted by konolia on Mar 22, 2007 - 17 answers

Coming to terms with one's own mortality for dummies

I'm unable to come to terms with my mortality. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2005 - 44 answers

How do I talk to my parents about planning for when my father’s gone?

How do I talk to my parents about planning for when my father’s gone? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Oct 18, 2005 - 9 answers

Non-combat mortality info sought

The figure of 1700 Americans killed in Iraq is saddening and unnecessary. We still don't know what they died for. My question, which may sound callous, is: What are the mortality rates for a comparable group of regular American citizens? In other words, if you take 150,000 people, mostly male, between the ages of eighteen and (say) forty, how many of them will die during a two and half year period? I am not attempting to minimize the casualties here, rather I am trying to argue the case against the war in the most conservative and factual way. Thank for any insights anyone can give me on this.
posted by thayerg on Jun 27, 2005 - 28 answers

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