While searching for a file on an old hard drive, I came across this list of 25 ways to know you getting older. I saved this list over 10 years ago. As a 40-something Baby Boomer at the time, I had no idea how accurate it would be! But as an almost 60 year old Boomer, the list is painfully true. Fortunately it’s also a tremendous source of smiles, if not outright laughter. Here goes:
- Everything hurts and what doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work.
- The gleam in your eyes is from the sun hitting your bifocals.
- You feel like the morning after, and you haven’t been anywhere.
- Your address book (or contacts) contains only names ending in M.D.
- You get winded playing chess.
- Your children begin to look middle aged.
- You decide to procrastinate but then never get around to it.
- Your mind makes contracts your body can’t meet.
- A dripping faucet causes an uncontrollable bladder urge.
- You know all the answers, but nobody asks you the questions.
- You look forward to a dull evening.
- You walk with your head held high trying to get use to your bifocals.
- Your favorite part of the newspaper is “25 Years Ago Today.”
- You turn out the light for economic rather than romantic reasons.
- You sit in a rocking chair and can’t make it go.
- Your knees buckle and your belt won’t.
- After painting the town red, you have to take a long rest before applying a second coat.
- You’re startled the first time you are addressed as “Old Timer”.
- You remember today that yesterday was your wedding anniversary.
- You just can’t stand people who are intolerant.
- You burn the midnight oil after 9 PM.
- Your back goes out more than you do.
- The little gray haired lady you helped across the street is your wife.
- You have too much room in the house and not enough in the medicine cabinet.
- Your sink your teeth into a steak and they stay there.
Bette Davis once said, “Old age is not for sissies.” Ain’t it the truth?
Do you have any experiences that are missing from this list? Please share them with us aging Baby Boomers!