How is middle age treating you?

63dot

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What are you activities, or how have they changed? And any mid-life crisis stories like getting married to someone half your age, hang gliding, taking up motorcycles for the first time, etc?

On December 1st of every calendar year, these facts get complied by the Census Bureau in the United States, and this information is useful for a lot of reasons, especially holiday season merchants.

Anyway, middle age is where bone mass and muscle mass typically start reducing, egg and sperm count lower, and energy levels decrease. This happens for many starting between age 39-41 and continues at a fairly rapid pace. Or numerically, anybody in the demographic of people born in the boomer years and earlier part of generation X, 1946-1970. You guys and gals born from 1971-early 80s will get there soon. :)

Let's hear your stories.
 

Gray-Wolf

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Less than 1.5 months to the big 50.

Memory, eyesight, hearing, all out of warranty and in need of repair. I knew I should have gotten the extended warranty. :D

As for mid age, I bought myself a Jeep wrangler, and have enjoyed it immensely. No young girls for me, too old to even keep up with them, and they are not as mature as they once were. 50, is a big enough number, I'm not sure I want another 25 on top of that.
 

-aggie-

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Less than 1.5 months to the big 50.

Memory, eyesight, hearing, all out of warranty and in need of repair. I knew I should have gotten the extended warranty. :D

As for mid age, I bought myself a Jeep wrangler, and have enjoyed it immensely. No young girls for me, too old to even keep up with them, and they are not as mature as they once were. 50, is a big enough number, I'm not sure I want another 25 on top of that.
Is this a double entendre? :)
 

NC MacGuy

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The good side of the grass.
Past the 1/2 century mark and falling apart - that's how it's treating me.:eek:
Viagra gives me a headache.
Can't poop regular - Milk of Magnesia's my friend.
Eyes are shot for night driving and reading.
Memory is...... damn, forgot what I was going to write.
Hands get numb riding my motorscooter for less long distances.
Ability to suffer fools is greatly diminished.
 

harperjones99

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Past the 1/2 century mark and falling apart - that's how it's treating me.:eek:
Viagra gives me a headache.
Can't poop regular - Milk of Magnesia's my friend.
Eyes are shot for night driving and reading.
Memory is...... damn, forgot what I was going to write.
Hands get numb riding my motorscooter for less long distances.
Ability to suffer fools is greatly diminished.
I hate that I can relate to most of those. There comes a time in life when you just give up caring about "cool" anymore and just want to not dread taking (or not being able to take) a dump ;) Life is cruel.
 

63dot

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I think with 50 not that far away, I kept the demons at bay being an "outdoor" worker through my 20s and 30s (painting, landscaping, tree work). I do know that while I look and feel younger than my high school classmates at reunion, in a few years, we will all look the same. When the downfall comes upon me, while later, it will all come at once.

I have already decided in my early 40s to stick to desk jobs for the second half of my life (have always been a numbers guy but never worked with those skills). I don't look forward to 75 either, as mentioned above. If I am 75 and feel like Jack LaLaine, then fine, but if I am falling apart and have had bypasses and a stroke or two, or lose a limb or two to diabetes, then I don't want to be here. I am simply too weak to suffer that much. Getting old, typically past 60s/70s is not for sissies.

With my relatives, it's been about 50-50. Some fell ill to diabetes, Parkinson's, and other bad stuff in their 50s, yet a few lived past 80 with very little problem.

As for middle-aged crazy, motorcycles look cool, as does sky diving, but I only took up street skateboarding (the new style) in my 40s and while it's fun, it's not optimal for my age. Bursitis that lasted for a year and a lost tooth are my trophies so far. Another tooth will soon need to be replaced with a fake one. But so far, no broken bones.
 

NC MacGuy

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The good side of the grass.
Seems like there's a switch that's thrown at 50 to hit decay mode. No joke.

30 was great and looking back, the best years so far & still semi-studly.
40 was realizing that this IS all there is and health was still a non-issue.
50 your body starts breaking down and you get a will drawn up.
60? Hopefully I can get there and have my mind intact to experience it. If I have a choice, no Depends please.:eek:
 

Ryan1524

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I'm 23. Life is looking decent so far. Graduated University, quickly got a job with one of the world's largest corporation, comfortable life, lots to be thankful for. But then again, it better be if my goal was to end it in about 10-15 years.
 

GoCubsGo

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I'm 23. Life is looking decent so far. Graduated University, quickly got a job with one of the world's largest corporation, comfortable life, lots to be thankful for. But then again, it better be if my goal was to end it in about 10-15 years.
23 is middle age now? :eek: I'm feeling so old.
I'm not quite 50 but I suspect to be worse for wear than most have describe above. :eek: But boys, don't forget that at 50 you can, without a doubt, be hot sh*t and well worth the time of many women. Not that it counters stubborn poops and needing help driving at night, but it may not be the worst. :eek:
 

harperjones99

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I have ancient relatives who are tougher than I can imagine. As has been said all it takes is one medical issue to knock the attitude right out of someone who thinks they have it all figured out.

Smug little brats ;)
 

NC MacGuy

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The good side of the grass.
I'm 23. Life is looking decent so far. Graduated University, quickly got a job with one of the world's largest corporation, comfortable life, lots to be thankful for. But then again, it better be if my goal was to end it in about 10-15 years.
23?

I have clothes older than you. Very serious. My prize is a great U.S.N. issue wool pea coat at 34 years. It was old before you were born.;)
 

harperjones99

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23 is middle age now? :eek: I'm feeling so old.
I'm not quite 50 but I suspect to be worse for wear than most have describe above. :eek: But boys, don't forget that at 50 you can, without a doubt, be hot sh*t and well worth the time of many women. Not that it counters stubborn poops and needing help driving at night, but it may not be the worst. :eek:
Stubborn pooping while driving at night is when you really know it's all over.
 

Blue Velvet

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Things have been worse, things have been better. At this stage, I'm so stuffed with HRT, I'll probably fall over tomorrow with a stroke.

14 summers to go until I qualify for a state pension, completely unfreakingbelievable. It felt like only yesterday when I thought 30 was seriously grownup, but despite the creaky bones, I like the person I am now, rather than the person I was then.
 

GoCubsGo

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Stubborn pooping while driving at night is when you really know it's all over.
Yeah, I'd ask to be put down at that point.

I think at 55 you should be given the following:
A choice to live alone or with someone else. No questions asked. Husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend … they must vacate if you so choose.
A modest house (paid for) 2-3 bedrooms in your location of choice with minimal upkeep.
A monthly income to sustain a very modest lifestyle and anything above comes from your savings.

Your life contributions can dictate how much you get monthly. Not how many hours you worked or how much you made but what you did in life. How good of a person you were, how much you put up with etc etc.

I know I am off my rocker but this is the internet and we're free to be delusional.
 

leekohler

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I'm 42 and things are good. I've been lucky enough never to have been laid off. I'm in great shape, and like the way I look. I'm healthy. I get laid more now than when I was in my 20's. I have a career that I like. I have wonderful friends and lots of love in my life. I live in a beautiful place in a beautiful city. What's not to be happy about?
 

harperjones99

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My great-grandmother died last year at 93, such a long life. Then again, in her late 80's and early 90's all she talked about was cheese :rolleyes:
Losing your mind is a blessing if you have to stay alive that long...who would want to be aware.
 
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