Friday, August 10, 2012

Enough About Age

I don't mind aging.  I do however have an inner intolerance for listening to people worry, whine, and make assumptions about age.  One of my personal rules is not to complain about how old I am.  I heard some wise celebrity (two words I don't typically use together) talk about how she lost a dear friend at a very young age, and was always offended when people whined about their age, and how she wished that her friend could have been alive to BE that age.  I agree wholeheartedly.

Again, I don't mind aging.  

 But listening to the comments of the young regarding age and age related things is challenging.
Note that this guy looks about 22 years old!

These are the kinds of things that make me want to pull my hair out and then tape whiners to the wall with duct tape and eat cupcakes in front of them.

I will try not to be too verbose.  That way I will offend less people.

Here goes....

Hearing a 30 year old say "I don't look 30" - Yes you do.  You look great.  This is what 30 looks like.  

Watching a 20 year old look in the mirror and comment about her wrinkles.  Nuff said.  Actually ... go read a book.

Listening to a 25 year lament about weighing 130 pounds and how they only weighed 118 in high school.  Go for a walk - or eat a casserole.  Either way, just shut up.

Hearing radio announcers talk about "grandmas" as if they are 80 years old.  Think about it.  How old do you think your grandparents were when you were born?  Most of them were probably in their 40's and early 50's.    Ask anyone who lost a parent or grandparent who was in their 50's....they were YOUNG.

When youngsters act and speak as if they invented sex. I'm a Health Educator and I've done my share of sex education. This one always makes me laugh out loud - and I've been known to say "I've been having sex longer than you've been alive!"  Think about it.

Sometimes they (younger people) don't have to SAY anything.  Sometimes you are invisible to them.  I won't even try to explain this.  You can't understand this until it hits you in the face.  If you have experienced it, you get it.  If you haven't experienced it yet, you will. 

When 20 and 30 somethings act like I was BORN this age.  Uh, hello....I was hot once too!  and not in a menopausal way either!

When fashion designers expect me to get excited about any fashion/style/design that I am experiencing for the 3rd time.  It's no wonder almost all my clothes are black or white.

When 90% of the shoes in a store are appropriate only for strippers, 80 year olds, or 20 year olds with great knees.   

Ok, I am digressing.  This is a subject that easily leads to digression.  Some other day I will write about fashion.  And then I will write my own version of "I'm worried about my neck."

How about you?  What do you hear/see that makes you want to shove birthday cake down someones throat cringe on the inside? Tell me about it and I'll make another post about it.

Just glad to be alive and making wonderful things!


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Bliss said...

For me it all boils down to respect your elders.... something I hope young parents still teach their kids, like mine did me. It's much more important to me now that I'm the elder.


Laura @ duke manor farm said...

I feel as though I wrote this post! too funny! The truth of the matter is the older I get , everyone else except for me ages! :)

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

I got to hear all the good bands too, & wouldn't have it any other way. It's strange becoming invisible. :-)

Kirby Carespodi said...

I guess it's the invisible thing that gets to me the most. Maybe because I used to have strange guys come up to me with flowers. I $hit thee not. And the ideas that younger folks have about anyone over fifty. Case in point: my mom (who is 78) was going to a birthday party for one of the ladies in her 'apartment complex'--old people place--and she was dismayed that she couldn't find a funny card for an 80 year old. What? Your sense of humor disappears once you turn 80? Then just shoot me now.

paisleysummer said...

Great post Karen. Getting older sure beats the alternative! x

Little Miss Maggie said...

Karen, so funny you should write this post today. I just had dinner with my 33 year old daughter whose best friend gets Botox every three months. What is she going to do when she's 50? Cut her head off? I guess you could call me a mature woman, and I'm just getting started laugh lines and all. Glad to be healthy, happy and more energetic than ever.

Kathryn J Cain said...

thank yu for the post....what happen'd to respect your elders...and look at one of my favorites at 90 Betty White...she is just as beautiful as she was 20 years ago...and just as smart...

Unknown said...

I love you! Everything you posted hit home! Too funny, thanks for making me feel like I am not the only old lady trying to age gracefully.

Eclectically Vintage said...

Stripper shoes be damned - here's to a few laugh lines!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Best. Post. Ever. I was tracking right along with you all the way. (there may have been some fist pumping too ... and I'm embarrassed to admit that at my tender young age of 49 ...)



Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

What do I hear/see that makes me want to shove birthday cake down someone's throat? The list these days is so long it makes me too weary to narrow it down for you. Such a thoughtful and insightful post. I'm going to go to bed happy that I am 51 despite those continually sagging jowls and the crepe-y neck. For the most part, I could care less (although I can't help but notice them) because I'm way too busy trying to fit everything into this one and only life of mine that is swiftly showing up in the rearview.

The Gilded JunqueYard said...

I'm a Head Over Heels, Happy as a Clam 52yr old next week!!!
Thanks for the perspective

fiona anderson said...

I so agree on every point, and especially the last two.
I've often dreamed of becoming a shoe designer because of all the rubbish out there. And it's laughable, the amount of re-hashed fashion about !

Jean @ said...

I do remember the first time I felt old was when someone said "You look good...for your age". Meh! At least I look good!! So glad I found your blog. I need to stop reading now and go write my own!


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