Thoughts On Aging

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Just some observations on aging;
feel free to ignore if you’re young. 

You know you’re getting older when…

* when TGIF means “thank goodness I’m finished!” because you weren’t actually sure you could MAKE it through the week…

* when you double-book an evening out, not because you have an active social life, but because you forgot to write down your plans so you wouldn’t forget…

* when you watch an 89 yr. old co-worker hobble away and think to yourself, “man, I wish I could still move like that!”

* when your idea of a “perfect moment” involves a foam mattress pad and a cat…

* when “success” for you means the bills got paid on time because A. you managed to put in a full week’s work, and B. you remembered to pay them… (Thank you e-mail reminders)

* when someone asks you if you want to take a walk after work and you literally laugh out loud because you haven’t actually been able to walk after work in years… (especially on Friday!)

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* when your choice of who to wake up with in the morning devolves to non-human species because, frankly, they are a lot less demanding and easier to deal with in the long run… (Mine has mottled fur and golden eyes)…

* when you start choosing food on a menu based on what you can chew, rather than on what actually looks good to eat…

*when the first word of every conversation you have is “what?” Followed immediately by “I’m sorry, I didn’t hear that.”

* when friends and co-workers watch you as walk by, just in case you choose that moment for a “random gravity check”…

* when the music you grew up with (and still love and listen to) is called “classic”…

*when you realize you’d never get through an hour long TV show without that magical rewind button (assuming you can find it, of course!)…

*when you can remember remembering your best friend’s phone number, but now you can’t remember how to look it up…

*when you remember baking your TV dinners in the oven for 35-40 minutes each (“you mean it’s a whole dinner ready in just 45 minutes?  Without using any pans or dishes?!  How cool is that?!”)…

*when you remember the anticipation you used to feel every time the phone rang, wondering who might be calling and if you should answer it.  And the frustration and mystery of not knowing who it was if you didn’t…

*when marketing groups start targeting you for life insurance and retirement homes…

* when panic sets in because you suddenly realize that book club is coming up and you haven’t done the reading yet… (and the fact that you actually wrote the book in question doesn’t help a bit, because you can’t remember what’s in those particular chapters!) and finally…

*when you write a list like this and have to keep checking it to make sure you haven’t repeated yourself…

Of course, in a few more years it probably won’t matter if I keep repeating myself, because I won’t remember to check!

 

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16 thoughts on “Thoughts On Aging

  1. 1jaded1 says:

    I do some of these and remember some, too. That picture of your cat drinking straight from the faucet isn’t something I’ve seen. Usually they are making haste to run far away.

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    • Sightsnbytes says:

      on the contrary….cats actually love water, when it is their choice to drink it. They do not enjoy water from a squirt bottle. My cat actually gets into the shower with me…

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      • Archon's Den says:

        When I have a hot bath with my manly bath gel, a couple of them climb up on the tub edge to supervise. The little female sometimes tries to ‘fish’ for the toes sticking out of the foam. One time she slipped in, and I was well-clawed by her getting back out – quickly. 😯

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I installed a water filter with a little gooseneck faucet beside the kitchen sink. Three of the four cats often jump up when I am near, and cajole me to run a slow stream for them to lap. 🙄

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  2. BrainRants says:

    The ‘classic’ music thing bugs me.

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  3. You wrote a book? I don’t remember you ever telling me that.

    Otherwise, I would say that some of your points resonate with me. I just won’t tell you which ones.

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  4. Jim Wheeler says:

    Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. — Satchel Paige

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  5. 1jaded1 says:

    Bruno and Michael B DON’T rock. Bruno makes me want to puncture my eardrums.

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  6. kalison0515 says:

    I’ll commiserate with you at some later date when my curmudgeon skills are honed. Right now, I’m loving competitive tennis in the 18&over, 40&over, and 55&over leagues – – singles and doubles. I do joke that I’ll be pushing a walker when I finally retire; but really, I sincerely hope that won’t be the case!

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