how do you know when you have hit middle age?

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    jefhatfield

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    first or all what is middle age? 30? 35? 40? or are you in denial and say it doesn't start until 50?

    is it when you look like your parents did when you grew up?

    is it choosing between looking like santa claus or losing the weight and looking like a sharpee?

    is it when you remember being in the first generation of beatles, stones, aerosmith, or eagles fans?

    is it when you get a lot of spam about viagra, weight loss, firming body parts, or magic weight loss/fat burning while you sleep pills?

    is it when the contestants on american idol don't look like adults, but more like some punky teenagers in a high school talent show?

    thoughts?;)
     
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    It when you start get hair where you don't want it and start losing where you do!
     
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    Sun Baked

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    Re: how do you know when you have hit middle age?

    No, it's when you start taking an avid interest in this spam for typical old age products because you actually are starting to need the stuff.
     
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    Mr. Anderson

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    its all in the mind.....

    if you want to be middle age you can easily fall into it. Personally, keeping active and doing 'fun' things will always keep me from the middle age stereotype.

    D
     
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    edesignuk

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    I'll tell u when I get there, I'm only 19 at the moment, so u may have to wait a while :D ;)
     
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    Foxer

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    I hope not, because I really started going bald my freshman year of college in '89.

    I've never considered myself "middle age," and I don't know what that would entail. However, I freely admit (and lament) the fact that I don't do the fun things (clubbing, casual dating, binge drinking, smoking, etc) that I did through my mid-20's. I don't blame this on being 32, it all stopped because I got married a few years back and I now do a whole different set of fun things.

    I don't understand top 40 music, most movies look stupid, kids dress funny nowadays, I haven't worn my 9-eye Dr. Martens in years (do kids still where them?) and golfing is preferred outdoor activity. However, I still go to general admission concerts for obscure British bands, I drive faster than most cars on the road and have no interest in the local TV news (a sure sign of being aged).

    I never wanted to be one of those aging hipsters I saw at the clubs, anyway.
     
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    jefhatfield

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    i am lucky about the hair loss thing...relatively speaking compared to my peers

    but when i grow facial hair, it comes out more gray so i don't do facial hair anymore

    and suddenly, i have started growing hair profusely on my eyebrows and i have to cut the extra long hairs

    when that first started happening, i was shocked...i thought i had some sort of strange disease

    my buddy, just a couple years ahead of me, has started getting major hair growing out of his ears...it started in his late 30s and is now endemic in him now

    he looks like an owl:p
     
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    jefhatfield

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    lmao

    i was a club musician who retired in late 1998...and at nearly 35 at the time, i was looking like a relic up there on stage with my band who were just a little younger than me

    i would see 21 year olds rush in to see the music, which sounded cool enough to them, only to rush back out when they saw it was being played by old geezers like us:p
     
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    peterjhill

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    I'm at the hobbits coming of age, age: 33

    I don't feel "middle aged" but I also don't feel like a kid. I think that I am at a good age. Making real money, in a "career", about to have a baby. I think that middle age won't start until at least 40.
     
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    Mr. Anderson

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    Well, you won't see me there either. I'm married, without kids (so far), which in some cases could be a condition for being middle aged. But like I said before, it really is all about how you feel.

    I'm not a golfer, probably won't ever be, the sports too boring (and I've played it half a dozen times before).

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    it's only boring until you get good.

    until then you drive the cart around and act like a fool.
     
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    Mr. Anderson

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    ah, but you see, I have no desire to get 'good'. There are many more things I'd like to do than spend a whole day hitting a ball around.....

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    right, it's all a matter of preference

    i think running for sport is gross. but some like it.

    the skill involved with golf interests me greatly and that's what makes me try to get better.
     
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    medea

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    Why do you ask, are you having a "mid-life crisis" of sorts?
    heh, if your going by age then 50 is more accurately middle aged because people are living to be 100+ now a days, not that I want to live to be a hundred but it could happen. anyways it's all in your mind, if your feeling old go out and do something different and change things up a bit, just don't pull a Kevin Spacey on your wife.
     
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    Mr. Anderson

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    yep. I like playing ultimate, so I run to keep in shape and it makes me feel good. Although injuries have kept me from the game recently...:(

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    jefhatfield

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    kevin spacey was a great character in american beauty...he won the oscar for that performance...he played a sleaze but one people could feel sorry for

    hey, very few people make it to 100 and neither women or men make it to 80 on average

    there was this one man who was 121 on a timex ad, so does that make middle age after 60?

    then what would constitute a senior citizen

    i think 40 is the latest one can say is the start of middle age but maybe one day medicare for senior citizens won't be available to seniors until they are 70 and that may be the retirement/senior citizen age

    denny's 55 and over senior citizen special may have to be upped some

    and aarp membership at age 50 definitely will have to be pushed up:p
     
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    eyelikeart

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    I'm only 25...not quite at middle age yet...I look 19 sometimes though...heh...

    but I've always said "u are only as old as u feel"

    I keep a pretty active lifestyle and healthy diet. I have for a few years now, and will continue to in the future. I started early, with the idea that good habits started early will benefit me later on in life.

    I also make it a habit to always have positive things going on around me and keep that attitude in everything I do. The more active a person is, the better off they are. ;)
     
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    That's the key to golf, in my opinion. I don't have to be in shape to play it. My father has been jogging since the 70's (ironically, he quit golf and took up jogging), and I just couldn't do it. Too much mental discipline. Golfing with friends has replaced going to the club, in many ways. Special clothes and shoes. Occasional drinking. I do it with, basically, the same people. It's just early in the morning as opposed to, well, a different kind of early in the morning.:) And it is much more enjoyable once you become skilled. And, unlike other sports, it requires no real natural gifts to excell (size, height, quickness, etc), just practice. That being said, it's not for everyone.

    Man, do I feel old.
     
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    Stelliform

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    You know you are middle aged when your thread turn into a golf thread. :D

    I took up golf to relieve stress. For me to hit the ball well I have to clear my mind of all the nagging thoughts that are running through it. I really makes me feel better. (Even if I don't hit it well :) Honest. :)) My Brother-in-law quit golf because it was stressing him out. It isn't for everybody...
     
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    kiwi_the_iwik

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    You know that you're old when your conversations with younger people abruptly end when they ask: "Who's David Bowie?!?"

    Also - when people you work with tell you they were born in the 80's - back in the days when you started dating!

    :rolleyes:

    Gadd - I'm getting too old for this crap!
     
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    Life transformations

    The problem here is defining 'middle-aged'. If we take it as given that 'middle-aged' is what comes after 'young-adult' and before 'elderly', then it's pretty easy to figure out.

    You're a 'young-adult' from the time you become legally responsible for your actions (ie, somewhere around 18-21, depending on where you live) until the time you take on the responsibility for someone else's life (ie, when you have a child, or become a legal gardian). This transformation into midle age can happen even before some people enter adulthood (which, to my mind, is a shame, because they don't get to enjoy the freedom of being responsible only for themselves), and never happens to others, who go directly from 'young-adult' to 'elderly' when their health begins to fail (this also strikes me as somewhat sad, as the process of raising a child is certainly one of life's greatest challenges, and therefore potentially most rewarding experiences, but I do have enormous respect and admiration for those people who forego reproduction...there's too damn many people on this planet).

    At any rate, remember: "you're only young once, but you can be immature forever."

    Cheers
     
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    When teenage girls hold the door for you and call you Sir.
     
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    jefhatfield

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    oh, that hurts:mad:
     
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    Here's how to tell

    Take the age you will die, and divide by two. Simple math, really.
     
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    jefhatfield

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    Re: Here's how to tell

    no,

    what is usually done is they take the age of senior citizenhood and subtract five and get a number

    therefore, middle age is a five year span that happens to other people
     

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