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When did you realize you were old?
Posted: 02 December 2013 08:27 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I’m 54 and I still feel like a teenager but the one defining moment when it hit me the worst is when I got an application from AARP. Boy, that hit me like a boulder. It pissed me off really. If someone would have delivered that letter, to me directly, I probably would have hit him.


I"M NOT OLD!

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Posted: 02 December 2013 09:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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WuCares - 02 December 2013 08:27 PM

I’m 54 and I still feel like a teenager but the one defining moment when it hit me the worst is when I got an application from AARP. Boy, that hit me like a boulder. It pissed me off really. If someone would have delivered that letter, to me directly, I probably would have hit him.


I"M NOT OLD!

AARP doesn’t say you’re old. That is your interpretation of it.  AARP is saying you are in the home stretch toward retirement, that’s all.  They send letters to people in their 50s to make people in their 60s NOT feel old. They figure you’ll be used to the idea by the time you’re in your 60s and won’t feel bad about joining, especially if you know that people 10 years younger are eligible. That can also make you feel more comfortable about lying about your age.

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Posted: 02 December 2013 10:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I still feel 21, so I am always surprised to look in the mirror and see a much older reflection looking back at me. :(.....more like…21X3 :( Where has all the time gone?

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Posted: 03 December 2013 12:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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WuCares - 02 December 2013 08:27 PM

I’m 54 and I still feel like a teenager but the one defining moment when it hit me the worst is when I got an application from AARP. Boy, that hit me like a boulder. It pissed me off really. If someone would have delivered that letter, to me directly, I probably would have hit him.


I"M NOT OLD!

My age is equal to ‘What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?’* + 5. The AARP spam was funny at first. Then a bit of what you (WuCares) stated: “Hey! I’m not old.” But that wasn’t the straw. No, not at all.

It was the damn folks trying to get me to buy a cemetery plot! WTF? LOL Future mailings convinced me to become an organ donor. And a few after that ‘made’ me decide to donate my body to science.

*Nod to another thread where Douglas Adams was mentioned. wink

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Posted: 03 December 2013 03:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I turn 65 today. Avoid mirrors at all cost! What I’ve discovered is that mentally we don’t see ourselves as being older. I remember as a kid looking at my grandparents as ancient at this age but not me. I’m still in my early 30’s, or at least I feel that way. The bottom line is to stay active socially, mentally and physically. I gotta get back to the gym. and BTW, I looked forward to my AARP letter for the benefits they offer. And turning 50 sure beat the alternative if you know what I mean.

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Posted: 03 December 2013 05:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I am in my early forties and I think I feel exactly my age, both mentally and physically. I certainly don’t feel the same way I used to when I was twenty or thirty. People who get old and say they haven’t changed either forget the way they used to feel when they were younger or are simply lying to themselves. We may not understand everything about middle age, say, the cause of menopause in women, but we know the brain does start to deteriorate during the fifth and sixth decade along with the rest of our body. A bit of stoicism would suit you all. : )

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Posted: 03 December 2013 06:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I’m 47 and sometimes I feel like 10, others like a teenager, and other times in my 20s, depending on the situation and who I’m with, but there are times when my arthritis is acting up and won’t let me open jars and cans, that I feel “old and helpless”.  For the most part though, I still feel young.  However, I want at least one grandchild to spoil and have fun with, as well as get into trouble with my children/their parents.  That would be so much fun!  LOL

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Posted: 03 December 2013 07:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Pushing a car through the snow this morning was a new level of “old”. Seeing a picture of some old guy, then realizing it’s me.

But the first one was hearing an old song from 70’s and kicking back and thinking about those good ol’ days, remembering what it was like, then realizing I could no longer get that feeling.

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Posted: 03 December 2013 08:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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asanta - 02 December 2013 10:28 PM

I still feel 21, so I am always surprised to look in the mirror and see a much older reflection looking back at me. :(.....more like…21X3 :( Where has all the time gone?

I find it much worse when I see a photograph of myself. I think I have trained myself to block out or ignore the signs of aging in mirrors most of the time. Photographs are a different story and they’re more permanent than mirrors. Most of the time no one else will see my image in a mirror.

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Posted: 03 December 2013 08:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Thevillageatheist - 03 December 2013 03:42 AM

I turn 65 today. Avoid mirrors at all cost! What I’ve discovered is that mentally we don’t see ourselves as being older. I remember as a kid looking at my grandparents as ancient at this age but not me. I’m still in my early 30’s, or at least I feel that way. The bottom line is to stay active socially, mentally and physically. I gotta get back to the gym. and BTW, I looked forward to my AARP letter for the benefits they offer. And turning 50 sure beat the alternative if you know what I mean.

Cap’t Jack

Happy birthday. After a year wou will begin wishing you were a young 65 again.

Lois

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Posted: 03 December 2013 08:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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George - 03 December 2013 05:49 AM

I am in my early forties and I think I feel exactly my age, both mentally and physically. I certainly don’t feel the same way I used to when I was twenty or thirty. People who get old and say they haven’t changed either forget the way they used to feel when they were younger or are simply lying to themselves. We may not understand everything about middle age, say, the cause of menopause in women, but we know the brain does start to deteriorate during the fifth and sixth decade along with the rest of our body. A bit of stoicism would suit you all. : )

But you don’t think you are lying to yourself when you say you feel the same way in your early forties as you did when you were twenty or thirty? Funny how that works. wink

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Posted: 03 December 2013 08:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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One of my friends first felt old when got a haircut and the barber trimmed the hair on his ears.

I realized I was old when my friends started talking about their grandchildren.

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Posted: 03 December 2013 09:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Lois - 03 December 2013 08:19 AM
George - 03 December 2013 05:49 AM

I am in my early forties and I think I feel exactly my age, both mentally and physically. I certainly don’t feel the same way I used to when I was twenty or thirty. People who get old and say they haven’t changed either forget the way they used to feel when they were younger or are simply lying to themselves. We may not understand everything about middle age, say, the cause of menopause in women, but we know the brain does start to deteriorate during the fifth and sixth decade along with the rest of our body. A bit of stoicism would suit you all. : )

But you don’t think you are lying to yourself when you say you feel the same way in your early forties as you did when you were twenty or thirty? Funny how that works. wink

Lois

Huh? I said I DON’T feel the same way I used to.

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Posted: 03 December 2013 09:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Hey, who said I’m old?? mad  angry  big surprise

This is the time in life when 6th grade math becomes hugely useful. Remember learning about differnet counting systems like base 16?. I laugh at all my fellow students who raised their hands in class and said ” Why do we have to learn this. When are we ever going to use it?” Now they’re all in their mid 50’s and I’m only 36

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Posted: 03 December 2013 10:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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I always try to do things at SOL.  It keeps me relatively younger than everybody around me who seem to age much faster than I.  Sometimes I must be traveling at superluminal speed and going back in time where I have not yet learned the things everyone tells me I am forgetting.  129fs238648.gif

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Posted: 03 December 2013 11:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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If it weren’t for my kids, I’d feel very young. A couple years ago my 11 year old son (youngest in the family) tried to teach me how to play Portal 2 on the Xbox. I almost threw the controller at the wall AND I started feeling sick to my stomach from the screen motion. OLD.  My little flip phone finally conked out so I had to get a “Smart” phone with all the swiping. Again I almost through the POS at the wall…it shouldn’t be that hard to answer the GD phone! And I had to get my daughter to configure the darn thing.  And I’m a computer programmer and a musician! so I consider myself pretty tech savvy and hip.  Guess not.  Oh ya, and when we went for college visits a few years ago…and I noticed (and said as much to my daughters and wife) that half the girls dress like prostitutes. To which I got “oh dad chill out, that’s how a lot of girls dress today”.  I’m no prude but come on.

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