At what age did you start feeling old?

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Re: At what age did you start feeling old?

Postby TenS2XS » Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:40 pm

I felt older when our child announced his engagement, but not old.

I felt older when a parent passed away, but not old.

I felt older at the milestone of 30 years with my employer, but not old.

I think I will feel old when I can no longer do something independently that I more or less take for granted today...driving, walking, eating, remembering what I did yesterday. I can only hope that by then I'll feel that I lived my life fully and that I can find enjoyment and meaning by focusing on what I can still do.
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Re: At what age did you start feeling old?

Postby VictoriaF » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:14 pm

graveday wrote:
VictoriaF wrote:
Midpack wrote:I love it when people discuss me; it's my favorite subject. :-)


I met a guy who likes to say, 'Well, that's enough of me talking about me. What do you think about me?'


Unless Midpack is that guy, he may not be pleased that you attributed my statement to him.

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Re: At what age did you start feeling old?

Postby 1530jesup » Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:37 pm

investor wrote:last year when I turned 70. I figure there are 10 more good years before I start falling apart.

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oldest child just turned 49; my 73rd birthday this Sunday (the 19th); kidney surgery in '09; pacemaker a year ago January; anticipating cataract surgery this spring; lungs not as functional anymore;

yeah, the bumps and aches are slower to heal, BUT, I work out daily, bike, swim, play tennis, quit work last May so I added some nap time to my schedule, and all in all feel I am pretty lucky to be where I am. every once in awhile I catch myself in the mirror looking just like my dad. yep, feeling old and loving it...
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Re: At what age did you start feeling old?

Postby raisin mountaineer » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:12 am

At age 53, I'm always surprised when I look in the mirror and see my mother's face. I'm surprised when I see a photo and note that I really should have touched up those grays earlier. And I'm really surprised when I go out for a hike or run and my feet start hurting during the first mile.

In my head, I am not old. I am eternally about 30 (the height of my strength and beauty, such as either were). I am still waiting to see who/what I will be when I grow up. I am still hoping to make something of myself. I still think that I might take up some new hobby, or improve my skills in one of my current ones. I still wonder if people like me, and I self-analyze to see if there's anything I can do to make that happen. There are days (ok, I admit it: weeks) when I am still as confused and geeky as I was as a teenager.

On the other hand, I know exactly how many months I have left until I can retire, and I know exactly how much more I need to stash away to get there. I don't waste time on mean people. (alternately, sometimes I am peevish myself.) So--- maybe I don't feel old, but perhaps I feel like that impending adulthood might arrive sometime, oh, in the next twenty years or so...
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Re: At what age did you start feeling old?

Postby bru » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:18 am

Try being the father of a preschooler when other people your age can easily be grandparents. Like David Letterman said, when I go to my son's school they say "Grandpa?".
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Re: At what age did you start feeling old?

Postby interplanetjanet » Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:37 am

bru wrote:Try being the father of a preschooler when other people your age can easily be grandparents. Like David Letterman said, when I go to my son's school they say "Grandpa?".

I had the opposite problem at my daughter's 12th birthday - two of her friends I hadn't met before referred to me as her big sister. I guess I should consider it a compliment, but eesh! My mother in-law was there and I was calling *her* "mom", and the children call her "mamá", so I guess I can see their train of thought.

Having had children so young, I felt without a peer group for much of the time my children were small. Their friends' parents were all in their mid '30s or '40s, and I wasn't.

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Re: At what age did you start feeling old?

Postby graveday » Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:11 pm

VictoriaF wrote:
graveday wrote:
VictoriaF wrote:
Midpack wrote:I love it when people discuss me; it's my favorite subject. :-)


I met a guy who likes to say, 'Well, that's enough of me talking about me. What do you think about me?'


Unless Midpack is that guy, he may not be pleased that you attributed my statement to him.

Victoria


I hate it when I do that, but at least I have company.
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Re: At what age did you start feeling old?

Postby kontango » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:13 pm

48 now and I don't feel remotely old.
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Re: At what age did you start feeling old?

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Re: At what age did you start feeling old?

Postby Quasimodo » Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:05 pm

Within the last year my hips have started to ache when I go for even a short walk, so I'd say that has made me feel old. I'm 73 and never imagined I would live this long given my poor lifestyle choices as a young man.

I feel grateful.

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Re: At what age did you start feeling old?

Postby Malcolm2012 » Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:34 am

0700 today. But it will pass (I hope). :)

Read an interesting article about the different way we see ourselves in the mirror, compared to how others see us. Also I have noticed that it has much more to do with mental attitudes than physical.

I plan to not to let an old person inside my skin on a permanent basis.

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