Five Things That Have Surprised Me About Growing Older


It’s Friday and time for my “Friday Five” observations yet again. Maybe it’s my aching knees which are still sore from walking all around Vancouver and through airports but for some reason, growing old is on my mind. So today I thought I’d share with you five things that have caught me by surprise as I find myself growing older.

1. I definitely have developed a sliding scale of what age I consider to be “old.” I used to consider you were old when you reached 40. Now I’m about to turn 60 and I’m thinking that maybe 80 is a more realistic number.


2. I’m pretty amazed at how my mind just perpetually visualizes me as being in my twenties. That’s not what I see when I look in the mirror but a lot of my emotions, dreams, and reactions all seem to be stuck in that era of my life.

3. I’m quite militant about getting my senior discount. I know there are some people who are reluctant to admit to their age and so miss out on the discounts that are offered to those 55 and older. Doggone it, I figure you might as well get some benefit from aging. It’s become one of my new mantras. “Do you give senior discounts?”, I ask. And I enjoy every penny of what I save.

4. I often think people are a lot older than they actually are and then end up quite surprised to find out that they are actually younger than I am. I don’t know if that means that folks are just looking older these days, if it’s related to #2, or if it’s just that I’m a lousy judge of age.

5. I STILL don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. You know what? It no longer bothers me either. God gives me clarity where and when I need it and the rest of the time I’m learning to appreciate the uniqueness of the restless spirit he created within me.

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6 Responses

  1. I totally understand … I see a 19 year old when I look in the mirror, not 53 year old me.

    I think old is when you are in your 80s, too.

  2. I looks like you are not really hung up about your age.
    Just keep having fun and asking yourself all those questions.
    Be who you need to be.

  3. Hubby and I always laugh at each other when we “observe” how young the police are getting or how some waitress’ look like kids. Then we look at each other and start to laugh and say “oh yeah, it’s us getting old”. LOL. Oh well. What can one do.

  4. That is a great list! I think I will be militant about my discount as soon as I can get it!

  5. I could have written that exact same list!
    A couple of months ago, I went to a new eye doctor who I would have sworn was much older than me. However, at the end of the appointment, he looked over my information and told me that we were almost birthday twins since we were born the same year–but his birthday is three days *after* mine!

  6. I loved this list!

    It is amazing to me how no matter how old I get, I still feel like a 20 year old ‘inside’. It’s interesting to find out that everyone seems to be the same in this regard.

    I remember when 30 was ‘old’. Now my oldest child is past that mark – and he’s still a ‘kid’. Go figure. LOL.

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