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9 things that have made me feel old lately

1) Going to bed at 9:00 (yes, PM).

2) Watching a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie and enjoying it.

3) Sitting in a coffee shop and being annoyed by “those damn teenagers.”

4) Hearing a song on the radio and thinking, “I have that album…on cassette tape.”

5) Watching the ladies ice skaters at national’s and realizing they were all born in the 90’s.

6) Realizing I am older than Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, or Jimi Hendrix ever were.

7) Hating the snow because it’s hard to drive in instead of loving the snow because it’s fun to sled in.

8) Taking a ton of pills at night. (I skipped becoming my mother and went straight to becoming my grandmother.)

9) Feeling tired all the time.

What’s made you feel old lately?

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Nina • January 29, 2009 at 9:44 am

Going to work makes me feel old. I shouldn’t have to WORK. I should just get to stay home and do homework, then watch the Disney Afternoon. Where is the Disney Afternoon?!

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Amy L • January 29, 2009 at 9:44 am

Hmm I am 28 and I feel old when I see that all the stars in the young crowd movies are younger than me.

And I must say on the rare occasion when they are older (by a year or two) I feel a little proud! LOL Like I have any control over my age. DUH!!!

Also looking at my friends myspace pages and seeing pics of theirs kids that are like 10 years old!

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Bionic Librarian • January 29, 2009 at 10:02 am

I feel old when I realize that I rather have a good night’s sleep than stay up all night. I feel old when I realize that my partner and I have been together for almost 13 years (we WERE 19 when we started dating).

Where did the time go?

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nolafwug • January 29, 2009 at 10:37 am

Ha! I feel old when I play songs for my son. “Honey, you might like this old Nine Inch Nails tune from back when I was in college.” At least he usually likes the stuff instead of rolling his eyes like “Oh Lord not Mum’s crappy old music again.” But he’s only 10 so we’ll see what happens in a couple years.

And I totally drive like an old lady now. I remember my Driver’s Ed. teacher telling me I had a lead foot. Now I’m all about safety. But I’ve done the calculations and getting to your destination 30 seconds sooner isn’t worth the cost of a traffic ticket or accident. I have other ways to feel powerful now – I don’t need to drive aggressively.

Oh and yeh, as I’ve racked up over 10 years with my baby daddy it makes me feel old. But in a cozy, good way. I like getting older. And hey, my sister’s hair turned curly at age 40 so maybe I have that to look forward to!?

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Minze • January 29, 2009 at 10:38 am

I feel old when I want to just sit still and do nothing. When I was younger I used to ask myself how on earth grown-ups managed to stand the tedium it.

There’s also the moment you realize you’re too old for certain clothes.

Or if you catch yourself wondering what this new gadget, music style, or internet phenomenon is the young people are all so excited about. (IM? Facebook? Whatever will they think of next?)

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cc • January 29, 2009 at 10:40 am

you just did. dammit that kurt cobain thing has really thrown me. boy did he LIVE his life (although somewhat destructively).

the ice-skaters used to, but I’m over that now. its more the pop singers these days.

worrying more often about the financial implications of life decisions as opposed to the happiness implications.

so so so many things…

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Karin • January 29, 2009 at 10:47 am

I feel old when I have to take midday or afterwork naps (I never knew why my mom did that).

I also feel old when I have to put a shawl around my shoulders because I feel a draft (I NEVER felt drafts when I was young and always laughed at my mom and grandma).

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mellsie • January 29, 2009 at 10:48 am

When I sprain something now, it stays hurt for a week and can randomly hurt again. I long for the days where I only academically understood “old injuries acting up.”

I buy higher waisted pants for work now, for maximum modesty when bending over (and lack of good plus sized dress pants for my shape). The other day, I was getting dressed for work with my sensible khakis and beige bra and could have sworn that I was looking my mother’s torso. And then I realized that I’m as old she was when she had kids (late 20s). I know that I’m not that old but watching me turn into my mother and watching my mother turn into what I remember my grandma looking like is…. interesting. But hey, at least I know what lies ahead and how well I’ll age if I keep exercising regularly, like my mom did.

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metro15 • January 29, 2009 at 10:51 am

Was the Hallmark Movie you enjoyed “Loving Leah”? Cause I’m with you on that one.

I felt old the other day when I said “you know, I really like a bar where you can just sit down and actually HEAR each other speak.” I also felt old a month ago when I looked around the club we were in and realized the average age was 21 (I’m 28).

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Heidi • January 29, 2009 at 10:57 am

when others don’t know what I mean by vinyl or lp

the gal next to me at my job, not so much younger, but has no idea who the SuperFriends are nor recalls the great Saturday morning cartoon line-ups of yore.

It’s truly a struggle to go out for anything more than dinner on a Friday night and then managing not to pass out on the way home (I do start work at 7 AM though so…cmon…after 5 days of that…cmon really, it’s not that pathetic…is it?)

picking my friend’s daughter up from middle school was a trip due to so many 80’s fashions coming back so all the kids looked like they did when we were in school, we recognized quite a few of them

realizing if I knew then what I know now…argh.

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Diana • January 29, 2009 at 11:05 am

I teach college courses. Teaching psychology (I teach intro now, but was teaching development) is difficult when they don’t “get” some of my references. Sigh.

I have a friend that is 20 – when me and my hubby talk about childhood things she doesn’t get some of them. Who doesn’t know who Punky Bruster is??? Crazy.

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Diana • January 29, 2009 at 11:07 am

One of my students also said in class one day that someone he knows is trying to relive his youth because he got a tatoo and piercings at the age of 32. I’m 30 and just got my first tatoo! Totally caught me off guard.

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PastaQueen • January 29, 2009 at 11:08 am

@metro15 – Yeah, that was the one. I like Lauren Ambrose.

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Lyn • January 29, 2009 at 11:11 am

Having to take Advil before going to Walmart or taking my daughter to the park. If I don’t take it, the pain in my knees is unbearable and I limp. Boy I feel old.

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Graciela • January 29, 2009 at 11:16 am

I feel old when my own mother tells me I’m no spring chicken…like she did yesterday.

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Ashley • January 29, 2009 at 11:21 am

I went to visit my younger sister and her husband recently at their new house, which is halfway across the country from where I live. We took a lot of pictures that weekend and when I look at the pictures from the trip, instead of remembering how fun it was and all, all I can think of is how old I look standing next to her.

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Helen • January 29, 2009 at 11:25 am

Hormonal surges.

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Wryly • January 29, 2009 at 11:43 am

I felt old when I realized that I’m almost as old as the President.

Or when I wear hats when it is cold outside – I never wore hats when I was a kid.

Never zipped my coat up either.

But I still don’t have a decnt pair of boots.

I eat oatmeal for breakfast now. That was something only my grandfather ate.

And I drink tea with honey. Sometimes chocolate is just too sweet!

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KateG • January 29, 2009 at 11:50 am

Lots of the ones you said. Definitely going to a baseball game and realizing almost all the players are younger than I am. Also, my youngest brother is about to turn 27. And he was in elementary school when I was a freshman in college. Too weird!

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farmwife • January 29, 2009 at 11:55 am

When my 17 yr old daughter and her boyfriend had NEVER seen Gillian’s Island or Fantasy Island, or Magnum PI or Love Boat….

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Tina • January 29, 2009 at 11:58 am

Falling asleep in the middle of TV shows and movies. I do it constantly. My friends and bf make fun of me for it. The glow of a TV screen and scripted dialogue is like Lunesta for me.

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fatbridesmaid • January 29, 2009 at 12:02 pm

I watched that movie (Loving Leah) and really liked it too! And then I talked to my 85-year old grandmother the next day and she said “I watched a nice little movie on TV last night about a Jewish girl… what was it called…” and I felt SUPER OLD.

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Deby • January 29, 2009 at 12:08 pm

I felt old when one of my co-workers told me his dad was turning 45 that weekend and I was already 46.

Going to high school homecoming.

My little sister is a grandma. (This should make her feel old, not me!)

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dunja • January 29, 2009 at 12:10 pm

I clearly remember things that happened 20 years ago.

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maggieapril • January 29, 2009 at 12:11 pm

I feel really old when all of you young whippersnappers moan about how old you feel !!!!

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Nan • January 29, 2009 at 12:14 pm

I remember when I was the youngest woman in the office and now I am the oldest.

I have vinyl albums not just the cassettes.

I realize the road ahead is much shorter than the road behind me on life’s journey.

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Jessica • January 29, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Logging onto my best friend’s Facebook page and noticing the profile photo of one of her friends – photo shows the six pack abs but no face – boy is he hot!

Then I realize it’s her nephew, he’s 22 years younger than I am, and I remember when his mom was pregnant with him.

That makes me feel old AND dirty.

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DonnaLynn • January 29, 2009 at 12:31 pm

8-Tracks.

My oldest is pregnant. I’m going to be a grandma soon!

I remember my grandma saying she was upset because my mom made her a grandma before she was 40. I’m not 40 yet either.

I finally understand my mother. Worse, my oldest now finally understands ME!!!!!!!!

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Debbi • January 29, 2009 at 12:32 pm

I feel old realizing that I am married to a 40 year old! 40! That sounds ancient! Then realizing that I am only 3 years younger! I don’t feel any different than when I was in my 20’s. When did I become the adult? I’m a MOM! My oldest is 11 so you would think that this would have sunk in by now but sometimes I have to stop, holy smokes, I AM THE MOM!

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Stephanie • January 29, 2009 at 12:47 pm

I’m 25 and I get excited when I can go to bed at 9…. which makes me sad sometimes. Remember when we used to LOVE to stay up late because it meant sleepovers and “grown-up” tv and going out to bars and dates with boys…. sigh.

I also drive like I’m twice my age. I live in the midwest and with all the snow/ice recently I drive roughly 10 mph, to the annoyance of all those around me. But I get nervous! Better safe than sorry :)

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p. potter • January 29, 2009 at 12:54 pm

I’m almost 24, which means that most things make me feel “normal” instead of old. But if I had to choose, the one thing that always makes me feel old is finding out a professional athlete is my age or younger. WEIRD.

There are, however, a lot of things that make me feel judgmental. Like when people bring their infants/toddlers/4-6 year olds into movies that are:

a) at an inappropriately late time, or

b) to an inappropriately themed movie

SERIOUSLY?! Doesn’t anyone believe in babysitters anymore? Or how about just common courtesy?

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K • January 29, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Realising that I’m three years older than the new Doctor (Who). And the Doctor is nine hundred years old…

Also, I am now older than my mother was when I was born. I know that one’s pretty unoriginal.

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p. potter • January 29, 2009 at 12:59 pm

@p. potter –

BREAKING NEWS: A coworker asked if anyone had stamps, to which everyone replied, “No.”

But I immediately said, “I do. I carry them in my wallet.”

OLD.

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gknee • January 29, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Right topic for me today-

Tomorrow is my 50th Birthday.

How the hell did that happen?

in no particular order-

1)being committed to wearing bangs to hide the forehead wrinkles.

2)having to get my hair colored every 6 weeks religiously or go grey (perish the thought!)

3)getting the AARP invite in the mail.

4)Being older than the president!

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Sandy • January 29, 2009 at 1:07 pm

1) seeing the ads for the 45th anniversary edition of Mary Poppins – a movie that my mom took us all the way downtown to see at the movie “theater” because it wasn’t on any of the suburban screens…

2) watching “Life on Mars” and catching the mistakes – obviously they don’t believe anyone actually around in 1973 has enough brain power left to remember…

3) watching someone younger than me take the oath of office as President of these United States…

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Jennifer • January 29, 2009 at 1:10 pm

@p. potter –

Ooh I carry stamps in my wallet too.

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JDM • January 29, 2009 at 1:10 pm

I lost my second parent a few years ago. I really haven’t felt anything but old since.

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Sherre • January 29, 2009 at 1:22 pm

I feel ancient when stars who were the cat’s meow back in MY day are now playing grandparents in movies. Using phrases such as the cat’s meow also qualifies!

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Julie • January 29, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Picking up my godson from school yesterday, hearing him tell his teacher I was his grandmother, and I’m five years younger than his mother. Sigh. I know, out of the mouths of babes and all that, and he really has no concept of age, but still. His grandmother? Really? Not his aunt?

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Sarah J • January 29, 2009 at 1:33 pm

When I realized I had more NPR podcasts than music on my Ipod.

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v ictoria • January 29, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Arthritis in my hips.

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PastaQueen • January 29, 2009 at 1:38 pm

@Sarah J – That reminded me of 2 more. 1) I listen to NPR and 2) I watch the nightly news, 60 minutes and the morning Sunday CBS news show.

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asithi • January 29, 2009 at 1:48 pm

@Bionic Librarian – I know the feeling. Started dating my husband when I was 16. It’s been 14 years. I feel old when I tell them I rather sleep in separate bedrooms most night because I rather get a good night of sleep.

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Beth • January 29, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Having a son that’s almost 24.

Having another who’s 13 1/2

Bringing up the rear with a 5 year old.

Yeah, I’m old.

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Natasha • January 29, 2009 at 2:13 pm

when the intern doesn’t know who certain actor’s, tv shows or movies are… that makes me feel old.

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Becky • January 29, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Knee pain and groaning every time I stand up makes me feel ancient. I’m 34.

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Sandy • January 29, 2009 at 2:28 pm

@PastaQueen – now wait a minute – I have been listening to NPR since I was in college – that doesn’t qualify as old, just smart

the sunday morning show however, I will agree with you

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gadgetgirl • January 29, 2009 at 2:30 pm

1) All my students (graduate level) were born well after I graduated high school

2) Going to bed at 9pm is late for me. My preferred time is 8pm. I get annoyed with social events that go beyond 8pm as they are cutting into my sleep!

3) My lower back – it always hurts when I stand up. Somedays more than others. It takes a few steps to loosen up.

4) My hands – since when did my mother’s hands take over mine (veins, wrinkled skin).

5) And how the heck did I get to be 47? I was just 28 the other day, really!

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workout mommy • January 29, 2009 at 2:37 pm

there isn’t much lately that hasn’t made me feel old.

Here are the two from today/yesterday:

1. The ginormous bags under my eyes from lack of sleep and stress. I look like I have 2 black eyes.

2. I referenced the movie E.T. to my niece and she had no idea what I was talking about.

(sigh)

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Katharine • January 29, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Let’s see:

1. Having children who have no clue who the Beatles were

2. Perimenopause and its symptoms–though, hey, I am 49

3. Chin hair–never had that in earlier decades (and I hate it now)

4. Buying clothes for comfort rather than for how how they might make me look

5. Hearing my mother’s voice come out of my mouth when I’m parenting

6. Having a grandchild, an oldest child who is 25, and a middle child who is 14

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Jess • January 29, 2009 at 2:55 pm

I felt so old yesterday when the Today show was talking about how this year will be the 10th anniversary of “where in the world is Matt Lauer?”… I also feel old when I can’t stay up through a show that ends at 10…

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Jen • January 29, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I feel old because I realize the teenagers next door see me as an adult, though I don’t really feel like it.

I feel old because I think the teenagers next door dress like hookers.

I feel old because I get excited about getting new appliances. I am still giddy about my Dyson.

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Gigi • January 29, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I feel old when the music you have on cassette is the music I have on eight-track (circa 1970s for those of you with no gray hair.)

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Rebecca • January 29, 2009 at 3:05 pm

My last birthday.

Whew, there are some in my age bracket here. I was thinking you were going to say “well, she IS old” when I said: for the first time ever, the President is younger than me.

At least my gray hair doesn’t bother me. My sister gleefully pointed out a gray hair when I was barely an adult yet.

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Liska Life • January 29, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Pasta Queen I am eating pasta right now (in my gym, had a swim, jacuzzi, steam and sauna and now in the gym cafe, eating pasta, while on their Apple Macs).

1) a twisted ankle that means I can’t do much exercise, and need an x-ray Saturday

2) feeling tired more often than not

3) the reflection I see in the mirror

4) the fact that I’ll be another year older on Sunday

5) struggle to remember school days

6) no hope remembering being a toddler

7) etc…

What sometimes makes me feel young – yyyyeeaaah:

1) errrrr

2) the fact that my Mum is only 54

3) the fact that my husband makes me feel young

4) my giddy, get excited about life attitude

5) my enthusiasm that keeps me going when all else fails.

6) my general sense of overall optimism

That’s all. xx

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Kim • January 29, 2009 at 3:19 pm

When I skip happy hour on Fridays to go home, get into my pjs, do some laundry, watch a movie and go to bed early. Fun times! For an old person!

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Wendy • January 29, 2009 at 3:24 pm

OK I’m not sure I want to give this *too* much thought!

1: Having patients in who are younger than me (I work in coronary care, if I have ’em, there’s something wrong with their heart!)

2: Buying housewarming gifts for my nephew and his girlfriend

3: Varifocal lenses in my glasses.

4: I used to work at a day nursery. The newborn babies I cared for are now being taught to drive by my husband.

5: Planning nights out that end in time to get the last train home. Time was we went *out* on the last damn train!

6: Being old enough to pause and wonder, when suddenly feeling all hot and bothered, whether it might be “my age”!

That’s plenty for now!

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Jen • January 29, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I feel old because I realize the teenagers next door see me as an adult, though I don’t really feel like it.

I feel old because I think the teenagers next door dress like hookers.

I feel old because I get excited about getting new appliances. I am still giddy about my Dyson.

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tessler • January 29, 2009 at 3:31 pm

You know what made me feel older than anything else? This past Christmas holiday when I was off work for a week and half, I started making coffee in the afternoons as a pick-me-up.

Then, I got back to work and I realized how much I missed my afternoon coffee.

Then I remembered how Mom & Dad would always have coffee when they got up from their afternoon naps.

Then I remembered how my (much older than me) sisters have to have coffee in the afternoons.

Oh, no! I’m getting OLD!!

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Lynn C • January 29, 2009 at 3:40 pm

– Realizing that when my mom was the age I am now, I was 12 (my mom got started on the family thing a LOT sooner than I did…) and my daughter is only 5

– Watching styles that I wore in high school coming back in… the 80’s are retro? SCARY! (Come on people, that stuff was ugly the first time ’round)

– Any time I hear that song 1985 by Bowling for Soup

– seeing my dad look more and more like my grandfather.

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deanna • January 29, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Unfortunatly hearing about relatives, friend etc getting sick, dying…UGH!!

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CB • January 29, 2009 at 3:46 pm

a) Realizing that the President of the United States has more up-to-date taste in music than I do. (At least I’m not the only one who felt old because if something he did/is!)

b) Having to admit to the support team lead at work that I don’t have a text message plan. Child of the 80s here, what’s wrong with calling people?

c) Doing the math and figuring out that I have not bought high-heeled shoes in at least ten years.

d) People I held as babies are having babies. But he’s darn cute, so I’m okay with feeling old in this case.

e) My downstairs neighbor’s loud music makes me wish to beat him about the head with something heavy while yelling “Kids these days!” — isn’t this the canonical definition of getting old?

f) I am usually the first person in the household to get out of bed in the morning, instead of the last.

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Shelley • January 29, 2009 at 3:52 pm

I found out today that the intern at work is younger than my oldest son. Ai-yi-yi!

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Sparker • January 29, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Attending someone’s 21st birthday last weekend, and wanting to catch a cab home before the bars closed at 2am so I could go to sleep instead of trying to find an after party!

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Sweetie Pie • January 29, 2009 at 4:18 pm

I’m just sitting here with the knowledge that I will be turning 35 a week from today. Now, I know that isn’t reaaallly old, but I’d be lying if I said that it didn’t sound like a really big number to me.

Also, when I was out on Friday evening, I saw some girls wearing short rather skimpy outfits despite the freezing weather, and I had the strangest mothery urge to say “Aren’t you cold? Wouldn’t you be warmer in a sweater?” Yes, I was feeling old and happy in my corduroy.

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psychsarah • January 29, 2009 at 4:22 pm

I felt old trying to explain film cameras to my nephew (age 6) who has only ever seen digital.

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Susan • January 29, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Looking in the bathroom mirror and seeing my mother looking back at me!

Being told that a friend’s personal trainer was off to train an older man . . . who is the same age that I am!

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lrc • January 29, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Turning 50 next Tuesday. Plus my right knee does odd things when I least expect it.

Plus looking at the old man I’ve been married to for the past 22 years, and seeing his gray hairs.

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jancd • January 29, 2009 at 4:46 pm

I’ll be 61 in February. Now that’s old!!

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Benita • January 29, 2009 at 5:00 pm

What really makes me feel old is the fact that I have a co-worker who is 5 weeks younger than I am – and she’s a GRANDMOTHER! I am NOT old enough to be a grandmother, so why is she one?

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Betty • January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm

being called mrs.so-n-so by my sons classmates

the way my skin looks when i use the super duper magnifying mirror to pluck my brows

looking at pictures of my friends and i from 10 years ago and thinking ‘damn they were so young then’, and then realizing that i’m the same age as them and look just as old.

realizing i’m your ‘average’ canadian. average house, one boy, one girl, dog, cat, pretty much everything but the white picket fence. yep. i’m sure feeling older lately.

i’ll be 34 this year.

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Betty • January 29, 2009 at 5:22 pm

oops, let me add, the day after i have more than 3 glasses of wine, i feel *really* old.

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brass.lady • January 29, 2009 at 5:30 pm

My achy joints due to my stupid thyroid disease make feel like my grandmother too…:-(

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JudithNYC • January 29, 2009 at 5:46 pm

I don’t feel old so it’s really a shock when I see photos of people my age in newspapers and magazines.

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H • January 29, 2009 at 5:58 pm

1. I just realized this year will be my 20th class reunion. I thought my mom was ancient when she had hers.

2. I have to color my hair every 4 weeks or it sparkles (and not in a good way like jewelry or something).

3. I’m seeing a physical therapist for my shoulder AND my knees. I’m 37, NOT 80!

4. I was trying to cut a tag out of a shirt, looking at it really closely and it was blurry. My mom handed me her reading glasses and THEY HELPED! I’ve never had to wear glasses and I was horrified.

I think it’s all down hill from here.

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MizFit • January 29, 2009 at 5:59 pm

as I close in on 39 and 3/4 I think a shorter question is what makes me feel young lately.

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Emma • January 29, 2009 at 6:22 pm

The fact that about seven people have announced that there pregnant in the past few weeks makes me feel old. I don’t even have a partner and most of the people I went to school with are on kid two or kid three. At 27 or even younger. This makes me feel like an on the shelf spinster

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Amy • January 29, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Hmmm. Reading all this made me realize I am perhaps alone in not really ever feeling “old.” (I’m 30, by the by). Of course, this is one of my favorite favorite quotes (Margaret Atwood):

Another belief of mine; that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.

That’s pretty much the way I always feel ;)

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Cindy • January 29, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Don’t feel bad. I go to bed between 8:30 and 9:00 every work night. I also take a small handful of rx’s before I do. Oh yeah, and I just ‘celebrated’ my 44th birthday yesterday.

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Ang • January 29, 2009 at 8:10 pm

I teach kindergarten. I feel old when former students come back to visit me and they are taller than I am! I also feel old because the parents of my children all call me “ma’am” now.

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Paula • January 29, 2009 at 9:11 pm

My two third grade teacher colleagues were born the year I graduated high school!

I am going to be a GREAT aunt! (Well, I AM a great aunt, actually an AWESOME aunt, but you know what I mean!)

Oh no, I just said “you know what I mean…” My GRANDMA would always say that to end her sentences that she couldn’t remember what she was going to say. (I really didn’t plan to say that one, but now I am really depressed. I skipped turning into my mother and am turning into my grandmother!)

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cindy • January 29, 2009 at 10:03 pm

I am older than the president, which is a first for me. Of course, I am only 4 months older than the president, but still, I AM older… And he looks so young!

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Dottie • January 29, 2009 at 10:40 pm

I’ll be 50 this year,and I feel old because the President is younger than me!!!!

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Deb • January 29, 2009 at 11:31 pm

Walking to my finance class and being stopped by a fellow student who asked, “Ma’am, can you tell me where the SOM building is?” And here I thought I was blending in! Then I realized that at 39 I am old enough to be some of those kids’ mother.

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Sarah • January 29, 2009 at 11:37 pm

I don’t have an answer for you just yet (tired), but I just wanted to let you know that I loved this post. Thanks for making me smile in the middle of an otherwise craptacular week!

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quix • January 30, 2009 at 12:10 am

My mom was talking about “youngsters” and I thought she meant kids, and not people my age. And I agreed with her on what she was talking about! Argh!

Really, it’s my 30th birthday coming up. That’s ancient, right? Eep, just one more month of my 20s…

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Yolanda • January 30, 2009 at 12:29 am

Holding my great niece Gabby.. My nephew’s baby.. OMG.. My sister is a grandma!!!! and I’m too young to be “Great Aunt Yo” and age 40!!!

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Trish • January 30, 2009 at 12:47 am

I feel old when I take my 3 year old to the park, and I’m old enough to be the mom of many of the other moms I see! I’ll be 40 next month and they’re mostly in their late teens to early 20’s.

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The Daily Mel • January 30, 2009 at 2:44 am

The realization that I was already having sex before some of my coworkers were born. :-| Yeah, that means I’m old enough to be their VERY YOUNG mother. ;-P

Just bought your book on my Kindle after reading about it on MizFit. I’m looking forward to reading it. :-)

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Melanie Thomassian • January 30, 2009 at 7:39 am

Yeah, speaking to people born in the 90’s is one which really hits me.

It’s weird!

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Olivia • January 30, 2009 at 8:24 am

The snow thing does it for me. Also seeing movie stars who are 10 or more years younger.

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dg • January 30, 2009 at 8:39 am

I felt old throwing our VCR in the trash last week coz we hadn’t touched it for five years.

I remember being so excited when we got a FRONT LOADING VCR instead of a top loading one and my wee sister used to use it like a mailbox, posting remote controls and cookies in there.

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Amy • January 30, 2009 at 10:08 am

@Amy L – Ha! I had a hard time when famous people started being younger than me, too, mostly in my 20s. Now I’m past 30 and I finally got over it but that whole decade kinda blew!

Also: I just got approved for disability insurance! Woohoo

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LuLu • January 30, 2009 at 10:37 am

When I was trying to describe my eye Dr. and said he has hair like Marcus Welby and NO ONE knew who I was talking about.

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Doji Bo • January 30, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Watching the two boys from up the street throw all the snow in my driveway over the 6-foot wall and having it all cleared out in about 30 min. I can’t throw snow over the wall any more, so I have to carry it out to the street, and it would have taken me at least 2 hours to do the same job. Luckily they are usually quite willing to make a little money for physical labor.

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PurpleGirl • January 30, 2009 at 2:11 pm

@K – My mom was only 18 when I was born, so being older than she was doesn’t bother me. But I do feel old because I can remember when my mother was my current age!

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barred owl • January 30, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Kids whose diapers i used to change are going on dates, having boyfriends and studying abroad!

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The Baroness • January 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm

LORD, this one annoyed me: The other day I was at this art gathering standing around and listening to some live music. A chair came open and a teenaged guy went for it, but then his friends whispered something to him. He turned to me and said, “MAMN! Hey MAMN! Did you want to sit down?” I said no. The guy called me mamn. I’m 24. I nearly cried.

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Natalie C • January 31, 2009 at 12:30 am

Ummmmmm… I hear songs that I used to play on a RECORD PLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But it is a breakthrough when you no longer classify your friends by similar age. Sometimes I have things most in common with people 10 years younger than me. Who cares about age? :)

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Christie • January 31, 2009 at 12:48 am

I feel old because I can NOT figure out my new cell phone. I can barely make calls and send messages on it.

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PurpleGirl • January 31, 2009 at 3:13 am

-Kids I work with who just graduated from high school? Yeah, I remember the year they were born.

-My cousin is driving. I was there a week after she was born.

-People who don’t know who Eric Clapton is.

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Dee • January 31, 2009 at 8:08 am

All the friends I have either married or about to get married and me still out there single. *sigh*

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Melissa A. • January 31, 2009 at 11:34 am

Seeing the date for the “must be 18 or older to buy cigarettes” signs at the convenience store — 18-year-olds were born in the 90s?! And the prices are now twice what they were when I used to smoke.

When everyone suddenly stopped carding me for alcohol last year (I’m 29 going on 30 this year).

Whenever my coworkers talk about all the Nick-at-Nite shows that my younger brother and sister used to watch.

When a cop pulls me over and he’s younger than I am.

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Deb • January 31, 2009 at 1:23 pm

I feel old when I lose things. I am not that person! Yet I just lost my second Palm Pilot. Grrr . . . Also, when I’m cold all the time. Sometimes when my kids laugh at me. When I want restaurants brighter and quieter than I used to. But I am not giving in!

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@lindajones • January 31, 2009 at 1:40 pm

@JDM – that is so right, I have felt old since my Mom died–and the house is a wreck and I just realized I’ve not taken care of it since, and I wasn’t that good before.

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@lindajones • January 31, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Here’s one, though I am a late starter, I am already teaching the children of former students.

I am dreaming that I can walk full speed ahead.

I keep the house 2 dgrees warmer, but I am freezing all the time. I sit duddled on the couch with blankets and layers and stil “feel the draft”

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lulu • February 1, 2009 at 3:59 am

I have suddenly realised that the main occupations of my life are cooking, gardening and needlepoint.

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sherika • February 1, 2009 at 4:42 pm

hmm, makes me wonder, WHEN was the last time i felt young?

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Kristi Summer • February 1, 2009 at 8:29 pm

This is a great post and so true! Love the 9pm bedtime, not far behind you. lol

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Melodee • February 2, 2009 at 3:02 am

Having my period arrive 12 days late . . . and not worrying I was pregnant. Hello, perimenopause.

Also, I turned 44. My dad died when he was 47. It will be very strange to be older than my dad in three years.

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valerie • February 2, 2009 at 1:09 pm

I discovered your blog recenly and LOVE it! Congrats on all your success!

Anyway, here’s what’s been making me feel old lately:

1. 20-year high school reunion was in Oct. TWENTY YEARS?!

2. Finding that people I used to babysit now have kids of their own.

3. On certain surveys, moving out of the 31-35 category and into 36-40.

4. My knees have been aching for a while, but now all of a sudden, my hips are getting in on the action too. I’m only 38 for crying out loud! :o)

5. I remember thinking how old my grandparents seemed when I was five years old, but now I realize they were only in their late 40’s. Only 10 more years til I’m there. Yikes!

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Yet Another Jenny • February 2, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Late to the party here, but had to say:

1. Realizing a couple of years ago, in the last days of my 20s, that I am my mother, and my mother is her mother, and so on and so forth.

2. Learning recently (via NPR, of course) that a sanitized version of Rent is now being performed in high schools.

3. Hearing songs by U2 and The Police on “classic” rock stations.

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Chau Chu • February 2, 2009 at 8:21 pm

taking a tylenol after working out. or 2

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Ab Workouts • February 3, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Hilarious.

I want to add one…my age makes me feel old. :(

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Ab Workouts • February 3, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Hilarious.

I want to add one…my age makes me feel old. :(

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Ro • February 4, 2009 at 12:58 am

I vividly remember trying to read the tiny print on i think it was a five dollar bill to make sure it wasn’t fake (part of my job). Well .. I couldn’t because it got blurry as I looked closer to it! Oh darn!! The older lady next to me said I can bring a magnifying glass for us> I was speechless and then laughed. But I had to tell my husband this. He laughed too. Great!

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Healthy Amelia • February 4, 2009 at 3:57 pm

@PastaQueen – Oh, man. I had to check in the comments to see if it was that one, too. I was so sucked in. At least I’m not alone…

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Channeling Mother • February 24, 2009 at 11:29 am

On a recent visit to my daughter (26 y.o.) and realizing too often that I was acting/speaking/thinking just like my mother used to when I was 26 y.o. (& older!).

Losing my waist, and remembering vividly my mother lamenting the same thing probably 25-30 years ago!

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Propagatrix • March 12, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Last night in a music store, I saw a girl buying a rare, pricey copy of Paul Simon’s GRACELAND on vinyl.

And I remembered getting the exact same record…as a 17th-birthday present.

The grey hairs and the wrinkles took over instantly.

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arik • April 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm

@Benita – Maybe her daughter is a teenage mother?

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Jonna • March 10, 2011 at 2:52 am

Last week at a family gathering, a male friend of my 17-year-old niece elbowed one of the other boys, nodded at me, and said “She’s a MILF.”
I felt both old, and incredibly flattered.

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