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Would you like to turn back time? This is a question posed by one our our members who would welcome your views … 

“Just recently I have read of so many people who want to return to the fifties, sixties, seventies etc and seem to want to live in the past. What do you think? I can remember lining up for the necessary inoculations and praying that I wouldn’t be last in the queue as the needle got blunt (yes, they used the same needle for the whole class); only being able to buy a limited range of vegetables; being able to play outside and having to come home when it got dark; having only one television channel and that was in black/white.  We’ve come a long way but although life is very different now, I welcome most of the changes.”

Are you happy in the current era, or would you like to revisit the past? What are your views?

Would you like to turn back time?

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ruthmayjellings
5th Apr 2015
0
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I would like to travel back to the USA in the 18th century just to see what it was like before the Robber Barons wrecked it
SovereignInventory
5th Mar 2015
1
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I believe that the majority would like to turn back time but only if they could go back with the knowledge and experience they have now.
HJR58
1st Mar 2015
2
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My Dad died when I was a baby. I would love to be able to time travel back and meet him. I know I look like him and am similar to him in personality but have no memory of him. That still hurts at 56..
Mo Moor
12th Feb 2015
5
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I believe that the main reason for turning back time is the very fact of age and what it means for us all in the ageing process. I would turn back time but take with me the experiences and maturity which I have acquired. As a result, I want to continue life healthily and happily as I am today. If I turned back the clock, I would also be sharing life with loved ones who are no longer here to share my life. The happiness of discussing and loving family who made my life so very good when I was younger....... Rather sentimental, I suppose, but such happy foundations in earlier life, makes you the person you are today. However, as we all know, we cannot turn back time and tides, and therefore whatever age, be thankful and enjoy current family, friends and situations whenever we are able to do so. Tomorrow is the first day of the remainder of your life, so enjoy!
daydreams
12th Feb 2015
4
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This is a tricky one, because on a personal level, yes I would turn back time if I could. But on a more general level, no I wouldn't. If I turned back time, I wouldn't be here now, because it's thanks to dialysis and transplant surgery that I am. I would like to turn back time to those days when there was more of a sense of community than there is now, when people seemed kinder to one another. Or did I imagine it?
mercury
11th Feb 2015
4
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There's always been an inclination for people to look back with fondness to earlier years and muse that it was a "better" or "friendlier" era. True enough perhaps for the rich, but the Victorian age was a nightmare for poorer folk, the 1940s must have been a terribly stressful and deprived time for many, the 1950s may seem to have been a simpler time but families still lived, many of them, in back to back houses and shared toilet facilities and communal back yards. Every era has had its positive and negative repercussions and looking back with rose tinted spectacles I think is to simplify living conditions. There has always been crime, child abuse, murders and thievery, there have always been wars and poverty and prostitution. Most people in the Western world now have warmth and food and a reasonable standard of living. Materially speaking most of us have holidays, electronic knick knacks, plenty of clothes, one or two cars per family and nice homes. There's no such thing as an ideal time to live IMO. Memory is selective and I think we tend to block out the undesirable or miserable reminiscences from our childhoods.
Archiebald
11th Feb 2015
2
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Totally agree with this mercury and I am sure people throughout the ages have said "ah the good old days" !
Robbinn
11th Feb 2015
2
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It seems that 66% of readers here would like to turn back time yet have not commented. I would love to hear their reasons why.
Baxi
10th Feb 2015
2
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Why would you want to go back to a time when there was less equality?
ruthmayjellings
5th Apr 2015
0
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I think that is the real reason why so many middle aged men (naming no names) would like to go back to the 1950s.
lizfid3
10th Feb 2015
3
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I'm having more fun since I retired than I ever have. I loved when my children were at home and growing up but money was tight and working full time, bringing up a family on my own and running a home was not the easiest of things to deal with. Now I'm retired and my time is my own, alarm clock no longer required. I have my beautiful grandchildren, my children all live nearby. There are things from previous decades which I miss but, on the whole I love this era. Being able to speak to my friend in California and my sister in Tennessee without running up a huge phone bill certainly works for me.
malcolm m
10th Feb 2015
1
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Yes and destroy the tory party time we had a socailist far left goverment
emmdee
9th Feb 2015
3
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I'm not keen to turn back the clock but I wouldn't mind being able to stop it right here for a little while. 🙂
Archiebald
9th Feb 2015
2
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tel-boy
9th Feb 2015
3
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No, I would not like to turn back time. Although in saying that I can remember when I was super fit and healthy, I could do anything. I worked as an Engineer abroad and loved the different cultures the confronted me on a daily basis. Neighbours were real neighbours then, now its just a nod of the head or a "Hello" from them. Children were healthy because the went outside to play, nowadays they sit in the house on their mobile phones all day long or on play-stations shooting people. Parent are afraid to let their children play outside in today's world because of paedophile's.
Looking at the present time and being over 70 years old the internet is a good thing for me. I have time to do what I want when I want. I have electricity, gas and running water in my home, the toilet is inside as well so I keep nice and warm all the time.
The good old days were really good in lots of ways, but the modern world is far superior. One thing that bothers me in this new world of ours is my grandchildren and great grandchildren's future. The amount of war's in this modern world of ours, people killing people of their own race and creed, killing of minorities and all because of religion and its beliefs. Now its a land war with Russia killing people in their thousands. We have Ebola in Africa killing thousands of people, its a lot different from whooping cough and TB we had in the UK when I was a kid.
So, we of the golden age live in two worlds, our past and our present.
grammamia
8th Feb 2015
4
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We were poor, like many in the fifties, but still had a great childhood. Would I like to go back there? No. I believe in progress, each generation to their own memories, but keep going forwards. Back then we had no electricity, no running water, cramped, shared bedrooms, cooking on an open range and the whole of the surrounding countryside and the coast as playgrounds. We had the freedom to roam without fear. However, there is so much to enjoy now. Warm homes, instant light and water, overall, a higher standard of living, and the freedom to travel, should we wish. In fact it was probably the fact of being brought up with little or nothing, that spurred us in work, to ensure we would not spend our retirement in poverty.
pentess
8th Feb 2015
2
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The biggest thing that I think is missing in this day and age, is the neighbourly contact we had when we were kids.

I can remember the neighbours being asked to look out for us, if mom had to go out. This they did happily. Mind you, if we did take advantage of this, the neighbours would inform mother,, and then we would be in trouble.

As a child of the 50s, I must admit, we didn't have much, but neighbours were quick to share, and 'pop' round with a saucepan of stew etc.

I know each generation has its own 'childhood', but I do think things were more simplified in the 50s regarding childrens outside activities. I daresay we could be a nuisance to some, but at least they knew where we were, - most of the time !

From a childs point of view of that time, I thought we had a great time. However, I am happy to have most of the changes that have taken place in the last 3/4 decades.

I think for most, life is easier, but for many lonelier.
jillb57
8th Feb 2015
3
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No, wouldn't want to go through all that again, I'm quite happy now thanks xx
Granny Evelyn
8th Feb 2015
2
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We do tend to look on the past with nostalgia, remembering the pleasant things, but forgetting all the difficulties in life that 'progress' has improved.
I would certainly not wish to return to the past medically .
Research has come such a long way to make life easier for us in the 'September' of our lives.
Robbinn
7th Feb 2015
3
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I was reading an article recently on staying 'young' even in our senior years and one of the most important things is NOT to dwell in the past and hark back to 'the good old days' but to live in the present. Of course, it is lovely to remember certain things such as lovely holidays, family gatherings of long ago but they are memories - nice to touch on briefly - but we must look forward to today. I for one, love the lifestyle of today; the endless possibilities that new technology has brought us; the amazing selection of fresh food and groceries every time we walk into a supermarket; new drugs being found all of the time to combat disease that once seemed impossible to overcome. Every age has its problems and violence and perhaps one day this will also be overcome.
Archiebald
7th Feb 2015
2
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Well said Robbinn and I totally agree with you. "When I was a boy" the biggest local supermarket was Sainsburys and it was a joke compared to even a corner shop now. The supermarkets have incredible food and choice
Archiebald
7th Feb 2015
5
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No way! I love the lifestyle we have now. Its much easier and with modern inventions is so much more exciting. Travel anywhere in the world. Talk to friends anytime. Find information about anything on the internet. Are there problems now days...yes of course but we will sort them. Humans are smart. I suspect in the 1930s people were talking about the "good old days"...they probably were in the 1840s. Life moves on...look forward not back is my view.

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