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Things That Make Me Feel Old!

Updated on July 15, 2012

Have These Happened to You?

I am trying to grow old gracefully and not let my age bother me. I've done pretty good, but I realized that there are a ton of things that happen that remind you exactly how old you're getting! Here is my list of things that make me groan a little.

1. I do survey sites. Why, I'm not sure, because it takes forever to get a few dollars, but I still do them. They always have the age question. You either have to type in your exact age, choose from a range, or scroll down to the year you were born.

I've been doing these for years and I've noticed the older I get, the fewer surveys I qualify for. When I have to type in my age, I just know I have cut my chances down by at least 50%...maybe more.

The age range feels a little better. At least you don't have to tell them your exact age, but if you fall into the older ranges, well, here we go again!

The worst is having to scroll for the year of your birth. When you have to scroll WAY down the list, it's like being on a roller coaster. That sinking feeling in your stomach as you go flying down!

2. I am trying to save money, like most people these days, and it has become a serious passion. It's become almost a game to see how many ways I can save, but not totally give up a few pleasures. I heard someone mention the seniors discount at the grocery store the other day.

Seniors discount...aha, I forgot about those! But surely I wouldn't qualify. When I asked the age, I was only a year away. What's worse is that I am already eligible at some places. Talk about feeling old...I'm a senior! Funny how being a senior in high school is cool. Being a senior in life doesn't feel so cool. I'll swallow my pride (or ego) and take the discount though!

3. We had a friend over that was in his twenties and started talking about music. We were comparing groups we'd gone to concerts to see and he didn't know too many of the ones we mentioned. "You don't know who Jimi Hendrix is?" I said in disbelief. I was honestly shocked, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. I thought these groups were classics, ones that anyone would have at least heard of, but they aren't. They were 30 years ago, but not now, not to a twenty year old. He barely knew the Beatles and the Stones.

4. The classic is when you are called "ma'am" for the first time. Your heart skips a beat and it catches you totally off guard. This one usually happens fairly early, so by the time you're really old, it doesn't faze you anymore. You have to remind yourself that to an eighteen year old kid, thirty is old. So when it happens at thirty, you're shocked, but at least you can still console yourself that thirty is NOT old!

5. The other day a friend came over and brought her grandson, who just turned five. As we talked, he played with his truck, pushing it all over the living room. He also decided to run around the room in circles, like he was a plane...his little arms outstretched, his little feet carrying him faster and faster.

He's very cute and I really do like him. By the time they left I was exhausted, hoping there was a long period between now and the next visit. His constant motion made me tired just watching it. I get the same feeling watching people exercise on those info-commercials! I feel as though I've been working right along with them without ever getting off the couch. I'm worn out just from watching...and I'm not that out of shape...really.

Those are just some of the things that make me feel old. The funny part is that the obvious things: wrinkles, gray hair, aches and pains I never had before, don't make me feel as old as much as these more subtle surprises. The wrinkles and such you expect, I guess.

However, as the old saying goes "getting old is better than the alternative." It does remind us that it doesn't matter. What matters is you don't let it bother you. I've come to accept getting older, that things are going to change, that I just have to make the best of it. I have to go now. They're having a sale on that new wrinkle cream at the drugstore and I have to get there before it closes.

Please add your own "things that make you feel older" in the comments section below...I'd love to hear them!


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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Wow, that's great that you have so many grand children.

      Hahaha...I get so many things in the mail for "older" people, which I qualify now for! On the other hand, I've decided to take advantage of any senior discount I can qualify for! Thanks for reading!

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I do those surveys, too....

      The thing that makes me feel oldest is that I am only a couple of years away from qualifying for AARP!!

      The thing the should make me feel old actually keeps me young...being a grandmother...times three (times five by next July!)

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      vnsatakopan, you are so right. I try to stay active, both mentally and physically. And yes, acceptance is the key! I hate to say this, but in this country, there is not so much respect for the elderly (I'm 59) and that's a shame. Thanks for the comment.

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      Dr.Vangeepuram Navaneetham Satakopan 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Very interesting. Growing old is natural. After all, one cannot be twenty five for ever. Once you realize this fact, life becomes easier. From my experience (I am sixty) I can say that I get respect and courtesy which younger people do not get. What is important is physical fitness, an aspect most of us neglect.

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Hahaha...I agree with both of those! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Starmom41 5 years ago

      oh I like this hub!!!

      I think only 2 topics make me feel old:

      first, hearing/reading things from very young mothers- my initial reaction (even if I don't say it) is I've been around long enough to have seen/heard/read one dopey "trend" after another, so it bothers me a little when the girls think the current "experts" Know All.

      second, when I see very unkept teens or young adults, my first thought is "why on earth don't you get a haircut?!" (it seems I skipped my generation & went directly into the older generation with that one!)

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Thanks Cashmere! I try to keep my sense of humor about it...what else can you do? Besides, I think laughter solves many problems. Thanks for reading and voting!

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago

      I enjoyed the humor you displayed in telling us your feelings on aging. Lovely read catgypsy, and fun as well. Voted up, awesome, and interesting :)

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Haha...thanks Kaili! I can relate to the glasses...I have reading glasses in every room because I can't see a darn thing without them!

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      Kaili Bisson 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi catgypsy and thank you for the chuckle. Yes, I do surveys I just got a $50 certificate on paypal for my troubles :-)

      I stay pretty current with music, so I generally know new bands/music forms, but like you, am astounded when younger folks don't know Hendrix, Zep etc.

      The thing that makes me feel older on a regular basis is having to slide my glasses down my nose to read things. And if I have my contacts in I need to look for my reading glasses...yikes!

      Voted up and more and if I could just find that sharing button.

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Thanks Josh! Glad it made you laugh. You have a great day too!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Clever idea for a hub, I enjoyed it and had a good laugh. I liked the survey section the most.

      Voted up, funny and interesting! Have a great day and take care!