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Old 04-15-2014, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I'm not a retiree, but I've had some recent events remind me that I'm not as young as I feel or once was. What events caused you to realize that time is passing and you aren't so young?

For me, it's been like this.

1) Great aunts and uncles are all but gone. My grandmother's side started with ten, now down to three. The other set of great aunts and uncles are probably 60% deceased. My own grandparents are pushing 80.

2) My parents helped me move this weekend and they asked tonight if I had been to the gym lately. I remember my dad got me my first gym membership when I was 14...in 2000. He was 42 then, 56 today, and in fourteen more years, will be seventy.

3) My first girlfriend out of high school was 35 then and had an eight year old at the time. That girl turns 18 next month.

4) I'm closer to 30 than 25.

When did you know you just weren't so young anymore?
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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31. When you hit 40, may as well hang it up. 50, one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel.

Seriously, due to getting in shape, I was more fit at 50 than I was at 30. Now at age 64 I feel a bit of slowdown. Not by much. I may be slower, but I enjoy stuff just as much. A two hour mtn bike ride at age 40 was 25 miles. Today it is 20 miles. I enjoy a two hour ride the same today as I did 20 years ago.
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:24 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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It was a long time ago. It had something to do with naming a time span, something like "twenty years ago"--and I went, "Yikes." TWENTY YEARS? I can remember being an adult TWENTY YEARS ago? I've been an adult that long????
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Miraflores
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The person who coined the expression "Your only as old as the women you feel", should be happy to know I turned 33 last month!
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:08 PM
 
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When I realized I met my college friend 40 years ago!!
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:10 PM
 
Location: southern california
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fencing, got winded easier and got more injuries. a 20 year old can do 15 bouts 15 touch. i do 4 and i am a noodle.
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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In HS I could play full court basketball all day long. At 35, I was completely wiped out for the rest of the day after 2 hours.
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:27 PM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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When my son, who was six at the time, asked me: "dad, when are you going to start fossilizing?" I was 44.
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:43 PM
 
Location: 2016 Clown Car...fka: Wisconsin
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When I looked in the mirror and saw my mom.

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Old 04-15-2014, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I was pushing 40 and fell off a horse - again - lol! And on the way down it flashed through my brain that if my foot gets hung up in the stirrup, and I break a leg or something, I won't heal as fast as I used to...

...then the ground came up with a rock and broke my front tooth! Fortunately, my foot did not get stuck in the stirrup.

I wore a helmet when I rode, but there are lots of body parts and teeth to break that are not on the top of your head.

I was lucky, I always bounced when I fell off of horses, basically nothing broken except my tooth. But, I chose to quit riding shortly after that last fall. I knew I was pushing the odds. Plus, I moved away from the country. Sold my horse to a guy who deserved him.
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