top of page

Surefire Ways You Know You Are Getting Old

Surefire Ways You Know You Are Getting Old

"As my late mother famously observed, the one thing to be said for growing old is that every year there are a few more things I don't have to give a rat's ass about."

― Lawrence Block

Surefire Ways You Know You Are Getting Old

Your favorite music is from the '60s and '70s.

You quit watching Hollywood awards shows because you don't know who those people are anymore. Where is Jack Nicholson?

Your mail now includes tons of AARP and cemetery brochures.

Your favorite shows are now Jeopardy and Wheel Of Fortune.

You spend a lot of time looking for your reading glasses.

Getting out of your favorite chair has become a bit of a challenge.

When was the last time someone asked you for ID when purchasing alcohol? Years ago, right? No one ID's you anymore.

You tell the same stories over and over again.

You have to get up at least once at night to make a trip to the bathroom.

You are now older than your doctors and dentists.

The eyesight has decreased dramatically. Keep that page magnifier handy.

Your wardrobe is now more for comfort than style.

You vividly remember the burn of Mercurochrome.

You remember Jiffy pop popcorn that popped in the foil.

You still remember the good old days of drive-in movies.

You find yourself at least once a week thinking, 'I can't possibly be this old.

You fall wake fall asleep...

It hits you that you are a lot like your mother. You sound just like her. In my case, I sure hope I am like my mother. She is awesome. But we all know that feeling of suddenly feeling that you sound just like your mother.

If you stand up too fast, you lose your balance and have to grab onto the nearest thing.

You are starting to worry about every little ache and pain you feel. And there always seems to be a new ache or pain.

No more late nights. You are in bed by 9:00 pm.

Slippers are the preferred footwear.

When someone tells you you look good for your age.

You still have VCR tapes in your home. And maybe even some cassette tapes.

When you can't find your keys and suddenly realize they are in the car and it's running because it's cold and you wanted to warm the car up.

You know who Phyllis Diller is.

"Maybe it's true that life begins at fifty. But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out."

Phyllis Diller

Despite all the little things that remind us we are getting old, we don't have to sit around and accept getting old. Get up. Get moving. Sure, you might move a little slower, but remember, 'slow and steady wins the race.

It's time to accept the idea that you are getting old. Try some new things. Cherish your memories. And just be you—the more senior you, of course.


bottom of page