I was talking with my parents the other day about my great-grandma and how I felt lucky to have met her before she passed away. She was 99 and had seen so much change in her lifetime.
But then I thought that I have, too. Everyone has, we just don’t always realize it until all that time has passed. I mean, the first Harry Potter book came out 22 years ago!
That’s A Hard Worker
After repeated use, even things like our keyboards and computers get worn down. A lot of the time the letters are the first thing to rub off, but this person has used this keyboard so long, they’ve made dents.
Is There Even A Pole Under Here?
I’m going to wonder every time I walk by a pole full of posters if it actually has years of posters making it look bigger than it is. I wonder how many amazing events have been advertised here.
Time Passes Fast
Before we know it, we will all start to see the passing of time on ourselves. We will get grey hair and wrinkles and a lot more knowledge about the world.
Who Else Has A Favorite Mug?
This person has used the same mug to make their tea so often that a spiral has formed on the bottom in the pattern this person stirs their milk and sugar.
Some Things May Cause Us To Age Faster
This person had been driving a delivery truck for 28 years. The side of their face that looks older was the side that always faced the sun. I better go get some sunscreen.
Round And Round We Go
This barbershop has been in business for a long time. You can see the almost perfect circle the barber follows around the chair when they’re doing their work. It won’t be long until they are little dents, too!
This Is A Little Spooky
This bench in Union Station has seen so much traffic that the outline of people has been left on the wall behind it. They’re kind of like ghosts watching you on your commute.
You Have A Favorite Mug, But What About A Favorite Spoon?
According to this user, their grandmother has used the same spoon to stir their coffee for 45 years. It sounds crazy but the now-square tip of that spoon doesn’t lie.
A Well-Loved Kitty
The poster was gifted with this stuffed cat in 1995 from their great aunt. After her passing, they found the same stuffed cat in pristine condition. Under the post, people told stories of replacing their children’s toys with replicas because they were getting old and gross.
Now That’s A Whiskey Collection
According to the person who posted this picture, each bottle has whiskey in it from the same cask, but at different stages of maturity. Each bottle is one year older than the last.
Some Things Stand The Test Of Time
Look at this absolutely beautiful church. But, even though it may have survived through a lot of changes around it, it found a way to change itself. This church is a beautiful white color, which can only be seen when you wash years of dirt and exhaust away.
Just A Few Weeks Can Make A Difference Too
Time can change things over hundreds of years, or even just a few weeks. The user who posted this photo said it took the Australian heat less than a month to warp this pen that was left forgotten in a car.
An Actual Stepping Stone
It’s clear this boulder has been here a long time. So many people have climbed it that actual foot holes have been carved out. It’s no wonder it’s such a popular spot — look at that view!
That’s A Lot Of Ideas
Even though a lot of time may not have passed when you finish a notebook, it’s neat to see all those pages filled with things that have come to matter to you.
Those Are Strong Bushes
They have left the semi-circular patterns on the fence behind them. I wonder if this will be something that keeps happening as the plants get bigger, or if they’ll move away from the fence.
This Looks A Little Trippy
This trail is La Meauffe, Manche in France. According to the person who posted it, this trail is indented into the ground so far because it has been used by people passing through for centuries.
This Looks Like A Scene Out Of A Movie
This picture was taken in Yakushima, Japan of two abandoned cars. Anytime I see something like this I wonder what the circumstances were that made someone leave their things behind.
It’s In Pretty Good Condition!
The person who posted this said that their grandma got it from their mother and has been using it for 70 years since then. This just goes to show you that some things never change. Especially our love of cake.
A Somber Reminder
Even though WWI ended over a century ago, there are still reminders of it everywhere. This is a picture of The Somme in Northern France. You can see the outline of the trenches and artillery shell craters even though it’s been overgrown by nature.
What A Shame!
This photo was taken from an old building. When they renovated it for a company that was taking over, they used a drop ceiling to cover up these beautiful chandeliers and crown moulding.
This Is Kind Of Strange
This parking lot has been worn down from use, but underneath it is a checkered floor from a building that would have been there before. There are no other signs of the building that once existed.
Follow The Trail!
This hill is in Donnelly’s Hollow, Ireland. The little foot holes have been left by generations of children crossing over the hill to get to school or go into town.
Passing Time, Literally
The watch face is the same, but the band has been replaced. They’re the same band, only one is years older and ready to be thrown out. Hopefully he gets a lot of use out of his new one!
I Didn’t Know These Would Wear Off
This is a very high traffic area. It’s the waiting area to get to the Eiffel Tower in France. The Eiffel Tower is 130 years old! But this landing is probably younger than that.
This Is Crazy!
Someone cutting down a tree found one with three bullets embedded in the tree. The tree just kept growing around them, proving once again how powerful nature is and how resilient it is to humans.
A Road To Nowhere
This abandoned stretch of highway was left to decay. It didn’t take long for nature to start taking over. I wonder if the bridge collapsed all at once or bit by bit.
Phases Of The Moon
This is series of photos taken of the moon over its 28-day phase. As time passes, it occupies a different place in the sky. I never really notice the change, to me it always seems to be in the same place.
That Is One Dedicated Bird
According to the person who posted this photo, this image is of a bird’s nest that had been built inside an unused chimney. The nest is from over twenty generations of bird families!
We All Love Candy
All that candy is probably why this checkout counter has been so worn down. This is the kind of thing you’d only notice after it was all worn off and you look at it one day and think ‘huh’.
The World Has Changed So Much
Some of these pencils are old enough that they say they were made in West Germany, which doesn’t exist anymore now that the Berlin Wall has come down and Germany reunited.
Isn’t This Beautiful?
Someone found an old, dried artichoke and brought it home, only to find it open up into a beautiful flower. Artichokes are a member of the thistle family, which explains it’s prickly look.
Life Is About Growth, Right?
It’s hard to tell but this tree’s trunk is grown right through the chain-link fence. It almost looks like a goo that has absorbed the metal! Nature does some pretty crazy things.
Any Landscaper Knows What Happened Here
You might be confused how this shows time, but a groundskeeper would know these are headstones where the bases have eroded from weed-wacking. These stones have truly endured a lot.
I’m Surprised Brick Houses Are Still Standing!
Bricks are supposed to be extremely durable so it’s shocking to see two of the exact same bricks beside each other. Hopefully the bricks my house is built from don’t erode like this.
This Pipe Is Practically Useless
This cross section of an old water pipe shows off the intense layers of limescale build-up. It gets worse when you realize this is what the build-up of cholesterol looks like in our arteries. Ew!
Like A Candle In The Wind(ow) – Elton John
And it seems to me, you lived your life, like a candle being warped by the sitting in the sun by a window. Considering candles are wax that is meant to melt, we should have seen this coming.
Look Closely To See The Change In Hair Color
This hair follicle is from someone who takes a certain medication that makes their hair turn white. You can see the change in their hair color as they go on and off the medication.
The Not-So-Magical 8Ball
This fortune telling magic 8 ball isn’t so exciting when the fluid starts to evaporate. At least it now gives you some options. Still, it’s just not the answers we needed.
You Gotta Go Where You Grow
We’ve seen nature do some pretty cool things over time but watching a tree grow entirely horizontal is pretty interesting. I’m just wondering how it’s still standing and hasn’t tipped over yet.
Talk About Worn Down
These are both the same knife, just one has been worn down from repeated sharpening. Like any person who loves their craft will tell you, when you have a favorite tool, you hold onto it until you can’t anymore.