As we go through life, we expect things to change. But, we are not always conscious of the change. Humans live in the moment, plus or minus seven days. Beyond this bracket, we are not always consciously aware of the relative changes we made. We do not realize the signs of getting older.
For me, realization of getting older slapped me in the face this weekend.
1) Driving – All of the sudden, everyone was driving at a much faster speed than I was. On a two lane back road, I was constantly pulling over to let other motorists by. I remember years ago when I couldn’t drive FAST enough. No I can’t seem to drive slow enough, which I find funny.
2) Music – These days, jazz and classical are tops on my list. So when a neighbor rented their house to college kids this weekend and they broadcasted their music to the entire universe, I suddenly realized that I was on the other end of the situation. Yes, I blasted my loud music when I was in college, so I have to laugh from the other side of the “fence.” The music kids listen to today, just doesn’t make sense. My grandfather said the same thing about my music in the mid-1990’s.
3) Food – Back when I was growing up and in college, fast food was a major part of my diet. These days, rarely would fast food be consumed. Instead it is replaced with whole grains, vegetables and low sodium soups. As we get older we pay a lot more attention to what we eat and what the doctor tells us. Sure, a Big Mac would be great, but I could do without the coronary by-pass.
As we age, we are not always conscious of, but when I look at these examples I have to laugh. Being on the other side of the age spectrum is humorous. Kids will be kids and the older you get, the more you appreciate their position.
What the funniest moment when you realized you were getting older?