how old were you when you first truly realized that you aren't so young anymore?

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  1. luminosity macrumors 65816

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    As the title asks, when did you first realize that you were genuinely getting older? Maybe have more aches and such, got crows feet, a wrinkle here or there, or just looked/felt older than you ever remember?
     
  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    When peeing in pools was no longer seen by other parents as...."cute".
     
  3. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    when I stopped being ID'd at the liquor store. :eek:

    or when service people started calling me ma'am...
     
  4. lancestraz macrumors 6502a

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    When you're not allowed to sit at the "kids" table during family gatherings. Duh.
     
  5. Chuckypool macrumors member

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    About 34. Now I'm 36 and it's not getting any better :mad:
     
  6. Mac OS X Ocelot macrumors 6502a

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    Four. As soon as my fourth birthday I looked back on the good old years and realized it would never be the same.
     
  7. twistedlegato macrumors 65816

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    When i saw hairs, where they were not supposed to be:eek:
     
  8. gertruded macrumors regular

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    Still young at 70. Feeling old is a state of mind, not body.

    Gertrude
     
  9. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    After I got married it started to get hard to stand up after crouching. Incidentally it was probably all the physical over work I was doing at the time.
     
  10. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Absolutely agree. When I was 10, 20 years old seemed old. When I was 20, 30 seemed old. Now that I'm 30, I still don't feel old. I am in the best shape of my life, I am getting the most out of life, living life more than I ever have and things are only getting better. I plan on taking care of my health and fitness so that I can enjoy everything the world has to offer for a very, very long time.

    There may be people younger than I am, but I definitely don't feel old. :cool:
     
  11. luminosity thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh really? ;)
     
  12. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    probably a couple of years ago, but more recently its hit home a bit more. its not bothersome, just a realization.
     
  13. tMac85 macrumors 65816

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    when you start looking more forward than backward. Thinking about what you need vs what you want. when i started making every decision myself. started buying my own furniture, even kitchen appliances, without even thinking of consulting my parents in the decision process. I started learning what I REALLY liked. Also when my friends started getting married and buying houses. That will really open your eyes!
     
  14. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Yeah, those are all realizations I went through as well, and they are by no means a bad thing.

    When factoring in life experiences, independence, maturity and perspective, things definitely get better and better the older you get.

    To this end, I like to think of myself as a fine wine - I just keep improving with age. :cool:
     
  15. RacerX macrumors 65832

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    Well, I just turned 40 and so I can now say not at 40. If I keep up at this rate, I could be in my 60s before I start feeling old.

    Frankly, I was really expecting some major change from childhood to adulthood. You know, something that would make me into... well, what ever adults are supposed to be. Hasn't happened yet. :D

    It is funny that people see marriage as the turning point, but seeing as I was living with my wife at 18 and married by 20, it just seems like a natural thing to share my life with someone else... and in no way takes away my youth.

    What is really strange is that I don't look all that different now than 20 years ago... and people were saying that at my high school reunion too. But when I look at photos of my father or grandfather, both looked significantly older at 40 than at 20... and significantly older than I look (or feel) now.

    My mother, on the other hand, is as beautiful today as she was in her 20s, so I most likely take after her in that way.
     
  16. Iscariot macrumors 68030

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    Depends how you frame the question. Personally, I felt like an adult when I got my first apartment lease without a co-signee. As for feeling "old", give me a few dozen years.
     
  17. TheBonk macrumors 6502

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    When you can't fit in the McDonalds playplace anymore.

    For real, it was in 2007 when I turned 18. It's a big step because other people recognize me as an adult. They treat me like an adult. Both at work and school. I am legally in control of my own life.
     
  18. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Well said. I definitely felt a lot more "adult-like" when I finished University and started a full-time job, making my own money and subsequently spending and investing (i.e. managing) my own money. Buying my own car, going traveling, getting my own apartment - I definitely enjoyed and embraced that lifestyle a lot once I got to that point.

    And yes, regarding actually feeling old, I think as long as person takes care of themselves and cares about their personal health and fitness they should have no reason to feel old for a very long time. I know I don't plan on feeling old for several more decades. :cool:

    Ah yes, twas a sad day indeed... :(

    ;)
     
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    Um......after you got married, what sort of physical activities did you start doing so close to the ground?
     
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    I don't think I'm old; I'm 14, I am still a child or minor by law. :)
     
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    When I stood up in front of a class I was TAing and talked about the impact of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 into Jupiter in 1994 (when I was in elementary school) ... and got blank stares. :(
     
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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A93 Safari/419.3)

    when I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease in my spine at 22.

    I have to take Methocarbamol and Tramadol HCL regularly.

    ~Crawn
     
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