Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

43 Things That Will Make You Feel Old

43. Aching feet
42. Failing eyesight
41. Everything taking at least ten minutes longer than you planned
40. Frequent late-night urination
39. Cracking sound each time you stand up
38. Ear hair
37. Nose hair
36. Head hair (in sink/shower)
35. "Sorry, I couldn't hear you."
34. "Just resting my eyes."
33. Unreliable memory
33. Ultra-reliable memory (i.e. increasingly frequent and vivid memories of things you've long since forgotten rushing in at inappropriate times)
32. "10th Anniversary Edition"
31. "Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition"
30."Special 25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition"
29. Punk kids getting nostalgic about the Nickelodeon cartoons of a few years back
28. Current Nickelodeon cartoons
27. "Like" and "share"
26. Having to learn what "twerking" is
25. Having to think about whether or not you should eat that
24. Regretting your decision to have eaten that
23. Knowing that the rest of your life will be spent watching other people eat that with abandon while you have something considerably less flavorful
22. Not caring enough to get upset about someone else's success
21. Feeling sympathy when unfortunate events happen to people you spent a long time disliking
20. "Has that spot always been there?"
19. Coming to realize that if something hurts it is probably just going to hurt from now on
18. Coming to realize that pretty much everything hurts
17. "Can you turn that down?"
16. Crossing the street when you see a large group of boisterous young people heading towards you
15. Being invisible to the large group of boisterous young people heading towards you
14. Classifying large segments of the population as "young people"
13. Inability to be boisterous
12. Thinking "it's kind of late" after 9 PM
11. Waiting until 10 PM so you can go to bed without feeling extra lame
10. Waking up at 5 AM and knowing you can either lie there for another hour or get up and start your day, because the one goddamn thing that's NOT going to happen is you falling back asleep
9. The death of older relatives
8. The death of your friends' parents
7. The death of your own parents
6. The death of your friends
5. The death of the hopes, dreams and ambitions you still somehow thought possible even after it made any sense to
4. The strange acceptance that descends after you've had enough time to understand that the death of the hopes, dreams and ambitions you still somehow thought possible even after it made any sense to is for real
3. The understanding that you are not that far off from your own demise, at which point everything you've experienced will be wiped away as your complete insignificance becomes one with the end of your consciousness
2. The strange acceptance of the futility of your own existence and its imminent cessation
1. "Decaf"

Alex Balk can't imagine how much older he's going to feel in ten years. If he makes it.

27 Comments / Post A Comment

Happy Birthday?

hockeymom (#143)

Feeling good for an entire day when the clerk calls you "Miss".

ejcsanfran (#489)

@hockeymom: I feel the same way! (N.B. I am a dude.)

Smitros (#5,315)

Dammit. Still haven't made it to Number 22.

hockeymom (#143)

@Smitros That's the one that made me think.

I've been telling myself it was a sign of maturity, or a recognition that other things in life are more important than professional or financial rewards. But Balk's probably right. It's just getting old and no longer giving a shit.

Smitros (#5,315)

@hockeymom I'm older than Balk, so this is problematic. I'll have to start taking worse care of myself and speed up the process.

scrooge (#2,697)

@Smitros I think it would be a mistake to take Balk as the norm here — you're setting the bar too high.

Mike_B (#239,283)


Olivia2.0 (#1,716)

@Mike_B I remember when they said "1982" and I thought GOOD LORD my baby sister can now buy cigarettes. And that was………a number of years ago…

hman (#53)

Cialisticle :(

Milo's Dog (#10,418)

A coworker and I had knee surgery around the same time and had to walk with canes. This led the office old people to believe that "caning" was an emerging fashion trend among people in their 20s. I think it made them feel even older, but not as old as joint problems make you feel. At first you make jokes about being able to predict when a storm's a comin'—but then you just feel legitimately sad to have a creaky joint with NO forecasting capabilities that brings you nothing but pain.

Missing from this list: "I forget."

laurel (#4,035)

Too soon.

lovelettersinhell (#13,711)

Me: 43, 42, 41, 39, 36, 35, 34, 33, 26, 24,22, 19, 18, 17 (though, this has been since I was old enough to ask, 12, 10, 6, 3, 2
My husband: 40, 37, 26, 24, 22, 10, 1

And he's six months older than I am. Grrrr.

ironhoneybee (#11,033)

Oh, #19. I can't stay mad at you, you're the reason I tell myself I don't have to work out anymore!

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

@ironhoneybee Yeah that one hits hard, having just dislocated the same shoulder for a third time. The corrective surgery is probably a waste of time and money.

GiovanniGF (#224)

Grey chest hair.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

Somewhere in the middle of the pack: The ever-intensifying hangovers. I don't even want to cut back, but if I want to hold down a job I kind-of have to at this point.

ejcsanfran (#489)

@whizz_dumb: Just be sure to drink a large amount every single night. Eventually, you'll think it's normal to feel that way in the morning.

Brunhilde (#1,225)

@ejcsanfran this has kind of worked for me but now my co-workers think I have some sort of chronic illness and I'm going to drop dead at any minute.

#21 always made me feel happy that I was outgrowing pettiness. Now it will make me happy that I am closer to death.

Bittersweet (#765)

I dunno, I don't have to know what "twerking" is.

aboutwhich (#230,422)

Luckily, I only have forty-two of these as of today, and the one I've avoided so far is "Decaf". Ugh. Happy Birthday, I presume.

Different Class (#243,925)

"Digestive health."

Ophelia (#75,576)

Sounds like Alex might be pregnant.

glasstwizzlestix (#242,762)

I suppose the corollary to #33 (Unreliable memory) is the 'Increased tendency to repeat yourself' (eg., item #33).

Or, the alternative angle: 'Increased tendency to overlook small details' (such as the fact that there are actually 44 items on this list). :oP Cheers, and happy birthday, perhaps!

glasstwizzlestix (#242,762)

@glasstwizzlestix …Er, to someone, somewhere. Who is probably working at Buzzfeed. Duh.

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