No matter what we try or how much money we spend, we can’t avoid it. We are all getting older. Sometimes getting old creeps up on you and then all of a sudden you realize you’re not as young as you used to be. People gathered online to discuss common signs that you are getting old. Here are ten we agree with.
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1. Body Signs
Your body is probably the first to inform you when you start aging. Ignore it all you want, but the signs are there: your knees, back, and waist are hurting. “My back hurts, as does my front, my big toe on my right foot doesn’t work right, I’ve had a stroke and have a weak left side, I take 11 pills a day,” a commenter shared. With growth comes a reduction in white blood cells, muscle mass, and metabolic rate, making you vulnerable to infections and diseases.
2. White Hair On Your Head or in Your Beard
Some people gray early. Others go shock white as they age. Whatever the case, either gray or white hair is a clear sign to all that you are getting older.
Men aren’t free of this either. Some get white or gray hair in their beards, revealing their age.
Unless you want to dye your hair or shave it, you’re stuck. So, embrace the gray and learn to see the beauty in every stage of life.
In a recent conversation with my 99-year-old grandmother, she tried to confirm if she was about 60. No, she was sure. She dramatically showed that one of her fingers represents 20 years and pointed three at me. Hilarious, huh? “I used to be able to recall movie titles and actors very easily, and now I have to Google plot points to pull them up. Also, my inner thesaurus is getting pretty bad,” someone shares.
Forgetfulness is common with old age. You suddenly start forgetting your car keys or your children’s names. It will only help you to learn to embrace and live with it and not beat yourself up.
4. You Gain a Handful of Experiences and a Mouthful of Stories
With old age, you realize you carry a handful of stories. You can relate to almost every event because you have experienced them before. Sometimes, you compare the present circumstances with your memories because everything looks like it’s happening again, like an unending circle.
You start to sound more and more like the old white-haired sage you always admired.
5. Treasuring Simplicity
As you age, the things that used to mean everything to you before seem can begin to feel like a waste of time. Letting go of vain things and dead weight also becomes extremely easy. “When I drop something on the floor, I look at it for a long time to decide if I really need it in my life or not,” a commenter writes.
You have less stuff and more space with only things that matter, give you fulfillment, represent someone or something, or give you a nostalgic feeling.
6. You’ll Need Four Eyes
One undeniable sign you’ll note when your body suggests you’re old is that you’ll need four eyes: glasses. “I’ve done eye surgery and still have to use lenses,” a person laments.
The most common eye defect associated with age is cataracts, the clouding of the eye’s lens that appears milky, thus causing impaired and blurry vision. It makes reading the morning paper kind of a chore.
7. Serenity in Solitude
With time, you appreciate your space and being alone. You’d rather stay indoors than go outside and have fun with friends as you would have liked many years ago.
Unconsciously, you learn from time to embrace and treasure moments of solitude as they are the time to reflect and recharge. You find comfort in your company and wouldn’t want to trade it for anything.
8. Adopting a New Social Media Platform Becomes Hard
While younger people may be quick to adopt and hop on new trends, hype, and songs on social media platforms, it’s a struggle and may take a while for older people to navigate.
Some older adults don’t understand how TikTok works and would stick to simpler alternatives like Facebook, as embracing new technology may be impossible. If that’s you, you might want to look out for some strands of grey.
9. More Funerals, Fewer Weddings
If you’ve been attending more funerals than weddings, it’s a sign you’ve crossed the threshold of old age. Your circle of friends will most likely be people within your age range who grow together with you.
As sleep’s gentle cousin beckons them one after the other, you’ll discover you might attend one funeral after the other.
10. Faithful Wisdom Tooth
It is natural that as the tide of life ebbs and flows, you lose your tooth and might have to resort to dentures. More significantly, your wisdom teeth are the last to pull out.
They stick closer than your oldest friends. You speak gracefully, inspired by the “faithful wisdom tooth,” and have the best advice for everyone.
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I’m John Schmoll, a former stockbroker, MBA-grad, published finance writer, and founder of Frugal Rules.
As a veteran of the financial services industry, I’ve worked as a mutual fund administrator, banker, and stockbroker and was Series 7 and 63-licensed, but I left all that behind in 2012 to help people learn how to manage their money.
My goal is to help you gain the knowledge you need to become financially independent with personally-tested financial tools and money-saving solutions.