Patience is a virtue, but sometimes it’s difficult to truly live by that saying. This is especially true as we age. Things that didn’t bother us when younger, we really came to hate.
In a recent discussion online, people shared things they greatly dislike now that they’re older. Here are 11 of their top grievances.
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I don’t know how many people legitimately enjoy loud noises. However, as we age, it becomes more unsettling.
One person agrees, saying, “I was that teen/early 20s person who bumped loud music and loved the deep bass you get from car speakers. I’m pretty sure I still kept it at a reasonable level even then, but now I get paranoid that anything I play is too loud and is disturbing the people around me since I myself am so annoyed by it these days.”
I’m right there with you.
To quote Seinfeld, “People, they’re the worst.” Even if you’re a people person, it’s easy to get easily annoyed as you age.
“I used to be a people person, but people ruined it,” notes one commenter.
Short and sweet.
Waiting can be good on some occasions. That’s not the case as we get older.
“I ain’t got time to wait for other people. My remaining moments are precious. At this stage, I sometimes feel optimistic if I buy green bananas,” says one person.
It sounds like they have a firm grasp on what they don’t like.
Some love to go shopping, while for others it’s an unfortunate necessity. Count me in the latter camp, but it’s easy for many to get there in their later years.
One person explains why, saying, “It seems like most people today have zero situational awareness. Almost everywhere I go, they’re in their own little world, oblivious to what’s going on around them. Grocery shopping is the worst for this.”
A lack of situational awareness is the worst.
I live in Omaha, which is supposedly one of the worst cities for driving in America. Lack of driving awareness definitely gets frustrating when you experience it.
“As you get older you begin to realize just how stupid the average driver is. It’s appalling, and I’m tired of having to constantly prevent accidents,” adds one person.
Another says, “Driving feels like babysitting to me. I constantly have to account for everyone else’s lack of ability to do it properly so I don’t wind up either with dents on my car at best or me being dead or paralyzed for the rest of my life at worst.”
Lack of Opportunities
Opportunity is necessary in any society. It’s easy for some people to feel like there is less of it as they age.
“How, despite working a good job with ostensibly good pay, things are going backward and opportunities contract,” adds one commenter.
It’s definitely frustrating.
Does everything bother you? If so, it’s only bound to increase as you age.
One person explains their view, saying “I’m 34 years old and everything just grates on me now. I can’t wait until I can retire on a big plot of land and fill it with gardens and have everyone who isn’t immediate family or friends just leave me alone unless they are bringing me something.”
Here’s to hoping they get their dream.
I’ve heard from many people that dating only gets worse as you age. That can definitely lead to frustration.
One person shares their outlook, saying, “I gave up years ago. I’d rather die alone and have my cats eat me than deal with one more jerk who can’t carry on a simple conversion.”
Lack of Compassion in the World
There are a lot of people in the world. We need to work together to survive, and compassion is a key part of that. A lack of empathy shows and only frustrates people.
“People who are more concerned with winning than understanding. I feel we would all make so much more headway if we could agree to make an honest effort to understand each other and try to work for everyone’s best interest instead of constantly trying to one up each other,” adds one commenter.
It’s tough not to agree with them.
With age comes wisdom. But it also comes with graying hair, new pains, and more. That’s the not-so-fun part.
One person explains their feelings, saying, “In myself, I don’t feel any different to 30 years ago. But my knee usually hurts, my back frequently hurts, and recently, I’ve been getting sharp pains at the base of my spine. Getting old sucks, but it’s better than the alternative.”
Yes, yes, it is.
Legitimate outrage is fine. People are truly wronged, and you become angry. That’s normal. Manufactured outrage can get tiring for many.
“Every day, there’s something new to be outraged about across pretty much all spectrums. Politics, sports figures, celebrities, even just general life things that people write articles about, or tweet about, or whatever.
Constant outrage to get clicks and eyeballs. They got to get people all riled up and steaming mad. I’m just getting sick of it, day in and day out.
I don’t know if there’s an actual term for it, but to me, I’d call it outrage fatigue,” comments one person.
Fatigue is a terrific way to put it.
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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.