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Old 01-07-2016, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I find I'm still annoyed by some of the things old people do. Like writing a check at the store when the line is really long. Who still writes a check for their groceries?! An ATM or credit card is much faster and easier. But what really drives me crazy (no pun intended) are those slowpoke drivers. I've always been an impatient driver and even in my 60's I hate being stuck behind a slowpoke.
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Old 01-07-2016, 02:36 PM
 
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I find I'm still annoyed by some of the things old people do. Like writing a check at the store when the line is really long. Who still writes a check for their groceries?! An ATM or credit card is much faster and easier. But what really drives me crazy (no pun intended) are those slowpoke drivers. I've always been an impatient driver and even in my 60's I hate being stuck behind a slowpoke.
Were these also your perceptions when you were young?
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Old 01-07-2016, 05:01 PM
 
Location: RVA
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Well, because it is obviously impossible, I will buck this "old is great" trend and say, "Nope, wish I was in my 20s again". And I'm only 58 and in perfect health and comfortably successful. I think I would trade 2 years of old age for a year in my 20s in a heartbeat. I've had an awesome life, and my only regret is not being more wild and taking more chances and do the traveling on a shoestring when I wouldn't have cared and was not responsible to anyone but myself. But I married the first time too young and the constant worry of not being successful and falling behind and possibly unable to have a secure retirement was in my mind from the beginning. Now that I'm here, I fully realize that taking a year or two off wouldn't have amounted to a hill of beans in the long run. I had plenty of experience with old and older people, but none were particularly wise or wisdom imparting. I didn't have an older relative that said to me "If I were you, with your talent and brains, I'd have a blast now, and not worry about the future". Would it have made a difference? No way to know, now.
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Old 01-08-2016, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I find I'm still annoyed by some of the things old people do. Like writing a check at the store when the line is really long. Who still writes a check for their groceries?! An ATM or credit card is much faster and easier. But what really drives me crazy (no pun intended) are those slowpoke drivers. I've always been an impatient driver and even in my 60's I hate being stuck behind a slowpoke.
I am 71 and I also get irritated by those very same things. Good post.
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Old 01-08-2016, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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When I was a little boy, I wondered why those old people walked so slowly....

Now I know.
I am 71 and I still walk the same speed. I have a theory about why some old people walk more slowly - because they acquiese in it themselves. If they got on a treadmill regularly, they could keep up a given speed because the treadmill can be set right to the tenth of a mile per hour. Our bodies do what they are used to doing, and when we stop doing that given thing, whether it be climbing stairs or something else, then sooner or later we will lose the ability to do that thing.

And no, I am not divorced from reality, so I will mention that I realize that eventually there is some slowing and some decline; my point is that the slowing and the decline do not have to come as soon or be as marked as they are all too frequently.
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Old 01-08-2016, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Were these also your perceptions when you were young?

You bet they were!
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