I remember that I heard of a short yet profound saying that means "we are old when we begin to think about the past" from somewhere (maybe when watching an episode of Desperate Housewives a few years ago). So what is an idiomatic way to say:

we are old when we begin to often track our memory about the past (and we are young if we still often look into the future).

  • "Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most."
    – Jay
    Apr 29, 2014 at 16:38
  • Also, "A man is as old as he feels." Apr 29, 2014 at 16:41
  • @DamkerngT. to which the usual (rather risque) reply is usually "No, a man is as old as the woman he feels!"
    – toandfro
    Apr 30, 2014 at 4:20

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How about, "This is going to make me sound old, but I remember back in the day... I remember the good old days. When I was a kid, I wished for what might be. As an adult I wish for what might have been. We stop growing and start aging when we stop looking forward and keep looking back".

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