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Old 04-20-2016, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I'm 59 and I DON'T feel old. I roller skate every Friday morning, ice skate once a week and we went skiing once a week. I can jump on my bike and easily do a 12 mile ride and do so once or twice a week. I also do three hour long night rides and I'll be out until at least 3am. That's after I walk the dogs for an hour.

Yesterday we took out our fish pond and I hauled wheel barrel after wheel barrel of dirt after John gave up. Okay I was in agony last night but today I'm just a little sore and ready to go haul some stone for the little dry stream we made in place of the pond.

Your mother needs to get up and move dear one. She is old before her time and could be heading towards a lot of health problems way too young.

We roller skate with someone who is 92 and I want to be just like him when I grow up. We have quite a few 80 year olds on wheels too. They're fit and amazing.
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Old 04-20-2016, 09:54 AM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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Another one occurred to me. Kind of a sad watershed event; when my parents first started asking for my input on their decisions I was really proud, but when it moved into the stage where they were really asking me to make the decision I didn't like taking the torch near as much as I thought I would.
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Old 04-20-2016, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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My knees make me feel old. Looking in the mirror and seeing pale age spots on my face makes me feel really old.

Hair coloring was damaging my hair, so I'm growing out the gray. It does make me feel a bit old.

Getting junk mail from mortuaries and assisted-living facilities makes me feel both old and depressed. They started their full-court-press advertising barrage the day DH turned 65.

However, there are days when I get the urge to dance to my favorite music and that makes me feel young.

Since I've been working with a trainer, I have some days when I have to burn excess energy because it's bedtime and I'm still wide awake. I had almost forgotten what having energy was like. Chalk it up in the "young" column.

A handsome young man pushing a baby stroller walked past my house yesterday, smiled and waved. Not being invisible for once (especially being noticed by a hottie) makes me feel young.

I am 62.
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Old 04-20-2016, 10:12 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I got "sirred" this morning by a younger coworker; someone I don't work directly with and don't know well. It was absolutely respectful, but...
LOL, maybe you'd have rather been called "DUDE"?
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Old 04-20-2016, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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My best friend age 75 lives in the past, couldn't care less about computers or technology. Annoys me as we can't talk about it, I'm certainly not good with it but do try to learn all I can and keep up some.
He professes to be a car fan, so am I but with him only old cars, doesn't know a thing about newer cars and has no interest at all. I read about newer cars and know them fairly well.
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Old 04-20-2016, 10:13 AM
 
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The realization of just how many changes we've seen throughout our lifetime can become a daunting experience for the fact that our past has little in common with the present, and, that means that your past is now irrelevant to anything of any consequence. Like the old horseman telling the young auto driver of his exploits at the terrifying speeds of 25 MPH, one can find oneself falling behind in the current events dept, fairly easily.

Not to say that this falling behind is necessarily a bad thing, nor can it be addressed as a kind of shameful or unpleasant factor in life, it is the way of aging, and the numerous tales of 90 year old people skydiving or downhill skiing, well, I don't know what to make of that except to say there's always an exception to the rule.

Most of us know we are old at retirement--that's the thing, the knowing, and we've all seen the "unknowing" types that persist in thinking of youth as a superior form and actively pursue any youthful activities in defiance of their age. All in all I do OK most of the time, aches and pain are my old companion of thirty years or more, it won't be much different for my grand kids, we all age, and we all die, so, the present is all we've got and that goes for ALL of us not just the old.
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Old 04-20-2016, 10:41 AM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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LOL, maybe you'd have rather been called "DUDE"?
I would have been okay with that. I guess the reason it bugged me a little is that even though I don't know him well, he isn't a total stranger. Cashiers have been doing it for several years but it is more of a canned response than an actual evaluation of me personally.
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Old 04-20-2016, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Kountze, Texas
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When my hip is hurting as I try to go to sleep.
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Old 04-20-2016, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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A friend of mine and I walked into Target and a young man called us "girls." He had a big grin on his face.

I thought that was kind of cute. No offense taken by either of us.
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Old 04-20-2016, 11:43 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Verifying an ID an realizing the oldster in front of me is my age or younger, sometimes a lot younger!
OTOH I can still work circles around a lot of my younger co-workers so that's a plus.
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