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Old 06-15-2014, 01:29 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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My brother is 14 years older than me.

He's old, I'm not
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Old 06-15-2014, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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If we're not old - then what are we? We're not young. We're not middle aged. Is there something between "middle aged" and "old"? If there isn't - I'm sure someone trying to sell us stuff will come up with some euphemism. Robyn
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Old 06-15-2014, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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My brother is 14 years older than me.

He's old, I'm not
My siblings are all 18 mos. to 11 years younger than me. And all but one are OLDER than me. Maybe not chronologically but in a lot of other ways. One is almost, but not quite, totally disabled. One is working on getting disability and one is 'thinking about it'. They all range from 61-70.

I guess the one time I really thought about my age and that I might be "old" was the day I was writing down all of Mom's grandkids, greats and great greats. That's when I realized that I have 11 grandkids myself ranging in age from 17 to 33. I have 6 great grandkids ages 1-9. The day the oldest one started 2nd grade was a 'kicker' too. How did I get this old? And who are all these people saying they are related to me? I'm not OLD enough for all that. LOLOLOL

I've always said that I will not get "old". I can't help aging...that ol' chronological thing...but I will always be "young at heart", positive and keep a good attitude. Every day is a good day and life is too short to have bad ones. I may have some worries and concerns but I won't have a bad day, if I can help it. And I won't let others try to turn it that way either. Sometimes you just have to laugh.
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Old 06-15-2014, 02:02 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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When my spinal chord turned on me last year and the cells were dying-off requiring surgery to save what was left and I was left with irreparable physical deficits. That was last year and it hit almost on my 67th birthday!
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Old 06-15-2014, 02:30 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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If we're not old - then what are we? We're not young. We're not middle aged. Is there something between "middle aged" and "old"? If there isn't - I'm sure someone trying to sell us stuff will come up with some euphemism. Robyn
We're whatever we want to call ourselves, LOL.
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Old 06-15-2014, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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We're whatever we want to call ourselves, LOL.
Well I'm old from a chronological POV. I'm older than 86% of the people in the US:

United States Age structure - Demographics

What do people think they need to be old - be in the oldest 1%?

Also - the whole tone of this thread is it's somehow bad - an insult - to be thought of as old - or to think that you're old yourself. I see a lot of people here basically boasting that they're "young" - even though they're probably old. I don't think there's anything wrong with being old chronologically. And in other ways too. Like - for example - disliking sitting down at a table with younger people who are so engaged with their electronic toys that they have neither the time nor the inclination to engage in social discourse. Perhaps expressing one's age in other ways too.

Now there's nothing wrong with being healthy/feeling good and/or being active physically/mentally to the best of one's abilities when one is old. But there's nothing wrong with being old per se. My husband and I were at our Dr. Plastic Surgeon this week (my husband needed a possibly cancerous skin lesion removed). And my word - the young women (like 25-30) who were coming in to get what I consider bizarre procedures to avoid looking older. Like post-baby tummy tucks - breast lifts - and lipo. And Botox shots. They're common here for people - both men and women - who are 30-50.

I think it's nice being comfortable in one's skin. And I find nothing more grotesque than the old guys in Florida who try to pretend that they're still young studs. GMAFB. I may be an old lady - but I can still see the difference between a young stud and an old guy pretending he is one . Once you're a certain age guys - the most you can aspire to is a persona that's elegant/rugged/perhaps another type - formal or casual. Which you should cultivate IMO. Although few guys seem to go in that direction (they either try to act like they're 30 or look like slobs). Robyn
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Old 06-15-2014, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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When the girl at the local Burger King gave me 10% off for a senior citizen discount. Now, where ever I go they ask if I'm an AARP member to get a discount.
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Old 06-15-2014, 03:28 PM
 
Location: in the miseries
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When the girl at the local Burger King gave me 10% off for a senior citizen discount. Now, where ever I go they ask if I'm an AARP member to get a discount.
I love getting discounts, but I always have to ask.
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Old 06-15-2014, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Well I'm old from a chronological POV. I'm older than 86% of the people in the US:

United States Age structure - Demographics

What do people think they need to be old - be in the oldest 1%?

Also - the whole tone of this thread is it's somehow bad - an insult - to be thought of as old - or to think that you're old yourself. I see a lot of people here basically boasting that they're "young" - even though they're probably old. I don't think there's anything wrong with being old chronologically. And in other ways too. Like - for example - disliking sitting down at a table with younger people who are so engaged with their electronic toys that they have neither the time nor the inclination to engage in social discourse. Perhaps expressing one's age in other ways too.

Now there's nothing wrong with being healthy/feeling good and/or being active physically/mentally to the best of one's abilities when one is old. But there's nothing wrong with being old per se. My husband and I were at our Dr. Plastic Surgeon this week (my husband needed a possibly cancerous skin lesion removed). And my word - the young women (like 25-30) who were coming in to get what I consider bizarre procedures to avoid looking older. Like post-baby tummy tucks - breast lifts - and lipo. And Botox shots. They're common here for people - both men and women - who are 30-50.

I think it's nice being comfortable in one's skin. And I find nothing more grotesque than the old guys in Florida who try to pretend that they're still young studs. GMAFB. I may be an old lady - but I can still see the difference between a young stud and an old guy pretending he is one . Once you're a certain age guys - the most you can aspire to is a persona that's elegant/rugged/perhaps another type - formal or casual. Which you should cultivate IMO. Although few guys seem to go in that direction (they either try to act like they're 30 or look like slobs). Robyn
I don't mind being the age I am, which is probably a good thing since I can't do anything about it. I am grateful and glad that I've made it this far and in good health. I suppose, if/when, I DO start experiencing health problems it might change my outlook. But knowing me I expect I'd just go with what's going on and do my best to get through it. It's okay with me if people want to consider me "old". I've earned all my gray hairs and wrinkles and neither of them bother me in the least. They are just a part of me and I'm very comfortable in my own skin.
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Old 06-15-2014, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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I am 62 and hubby is 64 and we are OLD. Both have debilitating illnesses, We are both Waiting for God.
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