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Old 04-20-2014, 04:43 PM
 
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I've become a lot more tolerant of diverse opinions, whether they're political, religious, or aesthetic.

What I've become less tolerant of is gross stupidity. As in people who make decisions in their lives that can't be possibly justified in any way. Decisions that destroy lives, futures, friendships, and a host of other things. Because as I grow older, I realize that some things just can't be squandered: Opportunities, youth, health, trust, and friendships.
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Old 04-20-2014, 04:44 PM
 
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I have more tolerance for different lifestyle choices, different styles of parenting, different political views, different religions.

I have less tolerance for poor customer service, dysfunctional family drama (I finally figured out that "personal boundaries" thing!), and BS in general.

When people say, "Wouldn't you love to be twenty five again?" I always ask, "Knowing what I know now, or not knowing what I know now?" If they say, "Oh, no - twenty five with a twenty five year old mentality," I tell them, "No way in hell. I'd rather be 52 and know what I know than 25 in body AND mind."
If I could go back to 15 knowing what I know now, that would be pretty sweet.
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Old 04-20-2014, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Southeast, where else?
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Stronger command of the English vocabulary, grateful study of Mark Twain and those of similar natures, enjoy and actually relish the humor from all cultures, highly developed sense of contrast on pretty much any subject, definitely believe the world is much more violent, feeling a bit more detached frome the herd and grateful,for it.

Other than that, not much has changed. I feel like I'm at a public gathering and the audience has just swelled to a large enough number that one feels they could be swept away if they decided to swim with it.

It's exhausting most days but, in some strange way I feel grateful for having lived this long. Apprehensive about the next thirty some odd years though and by then, will probably be relieved to be leaving. At 87, my Father was and I now can appreciate why.

We all have a window. We try to do the most with it but, when it closes it is probably best that we move on. I cant even imagine what those who have made it to 100 think. You are a kid during WWI and have lived through all of this???...mind boggling.
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Old 04-20-2014, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Whoville....
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I have less tolerance for things that waste my time. Life is too short to waste time.
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Old 04-20-2014, 06:26 PM
 
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I have way less tolerance than I used to, and I started with very little to begin with. The older I get the more time I spend alone. And better yet, the more I enjoy it too. Aah the calm peacefulness....
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:37 AM
 
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I have more tolerance for different lifestyle choices, different styles of parenting, different political views, different religions.

I have less tolerance for poor customer service, dysfunctional family drama (I finally figured out that "personal boundaries" thing!), and BS in general.

When people say, "Wouldn't you love to be twenty five again?" I always ask, "Knowing what I know now, or not knowing what I know now?" If they say, "Oh, no - twenty five with a twenty five year old mentality," I tell them, "No way in hell. I'd rather be 52 and know what I know than 25 in body AND mind."
Agreed, Kathryn.
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Greenbelt, MD
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I hate getting older. In general and especially when looking for work society looks down on you when you hit this age bracket.

I'm not sure the alternative is worse...
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Old 04-21-2014, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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More tolerant when it comes to personal freedom. Less tolerant of people that use catch phrases and buzzwords.
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Old 04-21-2014, 03:19 PM
 
Location: SoCal again
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No tolerance for tollerance
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Old 04-21-2014, 06:35 PM
 
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Next year I will be 50 and have decided that my life is just beginning. At leas the life that i would like. My kids are teenagers, and great kids, respectful, decent grades and good kids.
My dh and I are happy ; have been married for 26 years. We really just grew together and while we drive each other batty sometimes, its a good batty.
My friends ; I am done with those who are users, only want to come and stay for a free vacation. I am of the opinion that I treat you well, please treat me good back.
My family ; I live so far away that it is hard to keep in touch weekly, and only for one sister, the others never call me.

I hope to get a motorbike license, become a paralegal (in school at the moment) and travel more.

No patience for the small things that take over the world but yet some people focus on those more.
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