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Aug 27 2013

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Top Ten Reasons I Just Realized I’m Old

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Now, I work with the elderly on a daily basis, and I realize that an age is really just a number.  I’ve met 90 year-olds who are quite young, and 40 year-olds who are rather old.  How old am I, you ask?  I’m 35 years old.  Twice as old as I was when I graduated high school; roughly half as old as I’m expected to live; and a third as old as I’m planning to live.

That being said, having just settled my nephew into college, and getting my own children ready for the first day of school next week, I’ve been reflecting.  In no particular order, because this ain’t Letterman, here are my top ten reasons I suddenly feel old:

  1. I am as old as, or older than, the local Fire Chief, Police Chief, Middle School Principal.
  2. My first thought, when watching Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance was, “Where are her parents?”
  3. The in-coming freshmen at the University are literally HALF my age.
  4. And, they all look like babies.
  5. I have a kid in 6th grade; another in 4th; and yet another in 2nd.
  6. I get excited when I get to be in bed before 10 p.m.
  7. I’ll still climb any mountain, lift any load, do any chore – but I pay for it for twice as long as I used to.
  8. When I see a cute young thing, I now think, “I wonder if she babysits?”
  9. When I started rocking along to some 1970s super-groups today at work, I got funny looks.
  10. I have a mortgage, a 403(b), life insurance, and two car payments.  Ugh.

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BigCalfGuy

BigCalfGuy

I am a 39 year old, married, father of three amazing children; one of whom has autism. I fancy myself as more Atticus Finch than Holden Caulfield. Dynamite with a laser beam.

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  1. Angelina

    This article was funny to me because I can relate and it made me want to share. (So I am) just my input

  2. Chris Miner

    -The teens I work with were mostly born after I graduated from high school.
    -I heard Smells Like Teen Spirit on the classic rock station recently.

    I have lots of these moments but can only remember these two right now.

  3. Theresa

    1. When the kids I babysat at 15 are now married with kids of there own.
    2. Realizing the “laugh lines” are getting more permanent.
    3. I use to be “the cool aunt” who thought I was his best friend ever and now… I’m just ah that’s just my Canadian aunt.
    4. That someday the mortgage will be paid but it will be 10 years before I retire
    5. That I have been a nurse for more than half my age, I lived in this country half my life.
    6. The one thing I remember is age is just a number. I don’t act my age all the time but I do have a good time being half my age most of the time.

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      BigCalfGuy

      Good call. Here’s an eleventh: 11. I should be able to afford to retire about 5 years after I die.

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