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What Getting Older Means

Lessons Learned Along The Way

“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Approaching another year gone, a lot of things have changed for me over the years. Mostly for the better.

I’m not by any means old. I’m also not young in the classic sense.

I guess you would say I’m somewhere in the middle. But as I get older, I’ve noticed a few things about what that means. So, in no particular order, here are some things about getting older.

Getting older means your eyebrow hair grows longer and crazier.

And your ear hair too.

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It means it’s not as easy to get up from couches and beds.

Or in and out of cars.

It means weird colored veins in your legs.

Getting older means realizing your own mortality.

It means your body doesn’t heal like it used to.

It means injuring your back bending down to pick up dog poop.

Getting older means you can’t tell the age of people younger than you anymore. But they look at you like you’re ancient.

It means learning not to care about what others think.

It means getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. Every night. Because your bladder has somehow miraculously shrunk.

Getting older means when you read something, you have to lean back a little. Or move what you are reading forward.

It means being excited about a new grocery store opening. Or a coffee shop.

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It means yelling at cars to slow down as they speed down your street.

It means figuring out you’ve wasted too much time worrying about meaningless crap (see above).

It means falling asleep on the couch. At 8:30 p.m.

And waking yourself up from your snoring.

Getting older means learning how to be yourself. And liking that self.

It means being put in the “Masters” category for running.

It means you realize you’ve spent too much time working and “trying to get ahead.”

Getting older means forgetting what you walked into a room for.

And remembering it two hours later.

It means starting sentences with the phrase “when I was your age…”.

It means wearing socks with sandals.

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Getting older means Sudoku and crossword puzzles.

It means documentaries on PBS. Nature especially.

It means “Netflix and chill” actually means what it says and not something else.

It means using phrases younger people use to try to sound cool.

It means finding out “getting older” is a state of mind.

Because getting older means getting better.

Getting older means you understand how precious life can be. And to not waste the life you’ve been given.

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