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Poll: The best time of my life is / was / will be:
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neilmac  Identity Verified
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I think most, if not all life stages, have their ups and downs. And most people tend to value different things at different times. For example, I rarely go out to socialise nowadays, whereas as a young adult it was all about getting smashed and "partying"...

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Dénis Wettmann  Identity Verified
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... Jul 22

... always in the present ...

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Teresa Borges
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I’m in the present and I’m enjoying my “retirement” years. Most of my adult years were both productive and exciting. I wouldn’t go back to my teens and young adult years for all the money in the world!

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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I have fantastic memories of when I grew up in Swaziland and the whole time I have spent in Germany until today has been great as well, not to mention having a wonderful wife and fantastic children and having the time to spend with them.
I cannot really complain about anything in my life and there are always worse things going on in the world anyway.


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Angus Stewart  Identity Verified
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Returning to University Jul 22

The best time of my life was returning to University (for the third time) to study translation. I would love to be able to do my time there over again. I made a lot of friends, there were plenty of extra-curricular activities and I enjoyed learning my second source language (Italian) there.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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My freelance years!

Life seems to get better as I get older--certainly a lot easier in terms of how it works. (In my memoir, "Finding My Invincible Summer," I wrote about getting through some difficult times when I was younger and eventually finding peace and inner contentment.)


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Jan Truper
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They're all the best.

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Other Jul 22

Trying to compare different times of life is like comparing apples with oranges: each is good in different ways. The important thing is to make the best of each.

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Clarisa Moraña  Identity Verified
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other! Jul 22

Every single moment of my life is the best, as I'm alive. Sad moments? Sure! But I enjoy my life every single day!

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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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Hmm, now why did I suggest this poll? Jul 22

I do vaguely remember suggesting it. I think it was in response to continually hearing the old chestnut about your school years being the best of your life. I hated those years, both at the time and looking back on them. I know there were highs as well as lows but they certainly weren't great. And adolescence is never an easy time. Things started looking up after that but I married too young, at 20. Once I'd eventually sorted out who I wanted to share my life with (35th wedding anniversary yesterday!), I managed to get down to enjoying it, and they've just got better - with the inevitable hiccups.

neilmac wrote:
I think most, if not all life stages, have their ups and downs. And most people tend to value different things at different times. For example, I rarely go out to socialise nowadays, whereas as a young adult it was all about getting smashed and "partying"...

Funny you should say that. My experience has been exactly the opposite. I was a very demure, stay-at-home person until I reached about 55. Now we hit town two or three nights a week, sometimes until 3 am or so although midnight is more usual - and more easy to cope with. I can't imagine things getting better from here on, with the onset of health problems and reduced mobility although I hope they don't go downhill too fast, so "middle-age" is definitely my choice.


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Francisco ABREU  Identity Verified
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Too early to tell Jul 22

That's something we will know only at the very end.

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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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Interesting, Jul 22

but slightly irrelevant.

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Khanda
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Now Jul 22

It has always been now.

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Ana Vozone  Identity Verified
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Not sure yet... Jul 22

Life has always been full of mostly good surprises.

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