They say that life begins at 40. It sounds promising but it’s just a fancy way of saying that you’re getting old. When you pass that mark and the years continue to roll by, you’ll experience certain changes in day to day life. You know you’re getting old when …
- You prefer listening to Magic 89.9’s “Friday Madness” and Monster Radio’s “Riot Wednesday” because the radio stations play your favorite hits from the past.
- You don’t recognize most of the singers and bands that your nieces and nephews are crazy about.
- You’re not familiar with the celebrities on magazine covers.
- You feel that many music videos nowadays are too daring.
- You discover that you can read the words better when the material (book, magazine, or text message) is slightly away from you. Although you hate to admit it, deep inside you know that you have become far sighted.
- You waste your time looking for your glasses that were on your head the whole time.
- You’re excited to read the newest best seller novel. At the bookstore, you search for the title at the young adult section. When you ask the bookstore staff for help, she assumes that you’re buying the book as a gift for your teenage daughter or niece.
- Your son discovers your cassette tape collection and asks you what they are for.
- Gone are the days when you party until the wee hours of the morning. You can predict a yawn when it reaches 9 p.m.
- Whenever you stay up late, you feel drained the following day.
- Your metabolism has significantly declined.
- Biking used to be such an effortless activity but not anymore. You realize that it now takes more energy to pedal. You can also expect an aftermath of aches and pains.
- You spend a lot of time at the gym but you still gain weight.
- You think twice about having dessert because you know that you have to stay twice or thrice as long on the treadmill just to burn that chocolate cupcake.
- Strands of gray hair begin to become more noticeable.
- You dye your hair not because you feel like changing your natural color but to cover the grays.
- You feel overwhelmed by all the “pos” and “opos” that teens add to every little sentence when talking to you (even on text messages). You appreciate the sign of respect but overdoing it can be quite annoying.
- You cannot stand “jejemon” lingo. What on the earth are the kids saying? Their English teachers would be ashamed of them.
- Happy Hour is spent at the coffee shop where you can talk peacefully with your friends.
- You don’t mind enjoying a cocktail drink every now and then but the bars or clubs these days are filled with teenagers trying to pass as legal adults. So you end up in a fancy hotel restaurant instead.
- You become more forgetful. Your friends like to make a joke of it by branding it “senior moments”. You don’t mind because they have their fair share of “senior moments” too. You just laugh it out.
- Sad to say, you have to watch out what you eat. Too much lechon or chicharon bulaklak and your cholesterol level shoots up.
- You also have to be wary of eating too many sweets to avoid spiking your sugar level. It’s a shame that you have to control what you eat now that you’re older.
- Your idea of a night out is watching a movie and having a quiet dinner in a nice restaurant.
- You become more conscious of your health because of the risk of possible ailments like diabetes, arthritis, heart conditions, etc.
- You become more open about taking different kinds of dietary supplements that can boost your health and help you avoid age-related diseases.
- You look at the mirror and you see telltale signs of wrinkles.
- Your back hurts after carrying that big tote of yours for a whole day.
- You realize that investing in health insurance was a good decision after all.
- You thank your best friend for convincing you to get a pension plan.
- The thought of wearing heels the whole day sounds like torture. You always have your trusted fit flops or flat sandals inside your car just in case you need to take a break from your heels.
- Some gadgets can be quite intimidating. You wish all gadgets come with user friendly features. Your kids, nephews and nieces can figure out how to use them without a problem. While it takes ages before you get accustomed to all those tabs and procedures.
- You buy a pair of the latest Air Max 90 and your goddaughter comments, “I love your new kicks Ninang! You rock for your age!” You force a smile because she thinks she gave you a compliment. It would have been nice if she stopped at “You rock!”
We can’t stop time. Growing old is part of life. If you look at the brighter side of things, growing old has its good side too. You know you’re getting old when …
- You find time to start a Gratitude Journal. You realize that there are so many wonderful things in life to be thankful for. Writing them down regularly in a journal gives you a sense of joy.
- You have more time to take up a new hobby such as gardening, dancing, pottery, sewing, crocheting, painting, drawing mandalas, coloring zentangle patterns, paper cutting, hand lettering, etc.
- You take up reading again. You look forward to going to the bookstore to buy a new book. Your son or daughter lets you try reading e-books but your eyes get easily strained. Nothing beats feeling the paper with your hands and manually flipping each page as you go along.
- You look forward to reunions with family and friends. Connecting old ties, seeing familiar faces and reliving happy moments shared together can warm your heart.
- You take time to ponder about life. You reflect on your feelings and thoughts. Re-living experiences allows you to contemplate on your life journey. You feel thankful for the beautiful moments and you learn to accept the things that helped you become a better person.
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Rachel Yapchiongco, also known as Rach to her friends, is a Psychology and Marketing Management graduate of De La Salle University. Rachel is a full-time mom to a charming young boy and married to an entrepreneur who has a passion for cooking. She shares parenting experiences and slices of everyday life on her personal blog called Heart of Rachel.