inspired by what's his name
Most of us have had fathers, uncles and hopefully grandfathers. Those of us who are young will naturally form an opinion of the aged by one or more of them, or perhaps some other old fuckers we've come across.
I swear to you, aging isn't as bad as it seems. Much of how you accept it not only tells who you are, what you're made of, but where you've been. Don't bother to go for your dreams and you'll die a sad fucker.
What I do like about it is how life becomes less of a mystery. Shit becomes easier to figure out. Your logic improves. You make far fewer errors.
I like to say: When you were 15 you thought you were the cat's ass. At 18 you'll look back and admit you really didn't know shit. So by age 21 you just might try to hide all those stupid assumptions you had in your younger years. That process never stops.
If you're vain you'll suffer from the effect of commanding less attention and/or diminishing respect from those who see you as worthless. Is that so bad? Who wants to appeal to the ignorant? I never did. Who wants to follow in the tracks of people who are going where you've been? I don't.
Visit other countries, learn other languages, have lots of girl friends, have children, educate yourself, exercise, eat right, make music, take pleasure in people saying you seem younger than you are. That will prepare you for your up-coming date with death. And we all that's the end game.
To be perfectly honest I am scared of getting old. I am scared of being taken advantage of and my mind playing tricks on me.
I am not exactly a strong person from within.
I never understood throwing insults at someone because they are old. It's gotta be the most ironic thing someone would do. At age 5 I learned not to do that.
Amazing what I learned in Texas, how respectful younger people were. Maybe it's a Southern Gentleman thing.
On topic, I don't think most people on this site are too worried about growing old--it's the problem of growing old without dignity that worries me. If I am the sort of old person that young people want to hear stories from, I'll be happy.
I don't care who insults me, do you? Apparently not. This is a forum, this is for fun. It shouldn't be a place to pass yourself off as something your not. And that, my friend, is your purpose for being here. I can see being a phoney in real life, there might even be profit in it, if you're good at it. On a public forum it just reeks of a hollow personality. You're not good at it.
Look, this has the potential to be a good thread. That bothers you doesn't it? Who was first to sling shit and name-call? You! You couldn't stand it if those who see right through you were appreciated, could you?
Don't answer just go to the Icebox and fart over there.
You look young too. Nice slim frame. Nice thick Korean-type boy-band hair doo. Amazing!
But yeah, it is a slow process. Imagine how traumatic it is for many (vain) women.
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Good point. What's there to be scared of? Wrinkles? Can't handle extra lines in your face? What is it about aging that scares you?
Also, teaching university was a constant reminder of my own age, even when I was in my 20s.
I'm not in my forties yet, but I imagine I'll feel the years then, too.
I don't mind it so much, but I haven't experienced it yet, so what do I know?
I also think death isn't a major concern for people worrying about old age. Funny, isn't it?
I know a few.
I think there is an element of other people's "expectations" involved.
People can be very well and quite independent but if they get surrounded by folks, medical semi-professionals, family members, etc whose expectation is that the elderly should be exhibiting behavioral milestones and signs pointing in the direction of the graveyard
....then that's where they will go.
Lots of medications around to help them speed up that journey as well.