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GAP Formerly G.G. from Who Knows? Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
Formerly G.G.
May 2nd 2015 at 3:31:39 PM

I am still a twentysomething college slacker/student but I am soon gonna be in my thirties. I am not gonna be old and wrinkly anytime soon but what should I do when that happens? And I know it isn't possible to stop it but what can I do make it better?

"The original slime is always the best one."
blackcat Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
May 3rd 2015 at 8:54:29 PM

1. Aging and wrinkling is not the end of life as you know it. I wish we could be born with the wisdom of understanding that youth is not the ideal that we must continually strive to achieve. Youth is part of the road, not the entire trip.

2. "Real" jobs, marriage, children, mortgages, divorces, accidents, deaths, they happen. They don't have to signal the end of your life. Your life can change, it doesn't mean that you've turned into your parents. Unless that is what you want. In that case, go you!

3. An adventure doesn't have to include pirate ships, long lost cousins, or a murder. Adventures can come from saying "OK I'll give it a shot" to something simple.

4. Save some money. It's easier to say 'yes' to adventures and to buy yourself out of the consequences of that 'yes' with money.

5 Keep trying stuff and exploring new things. I walked into a Burmese grocery yesterday. It was interesting and they had quail eggs. I had a hot dog with harissa and jalapeņo relish today. Tasty. I really like the Korean hip hop artists MFBTY and I also really like the Korean India band Hot Potato. I am not young, but I'm open to new experiences.

We never go any where without our swords and boas.
GAP Formerly G.G. from Who Knows? Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
Formerly G.G.
May 3rd 2015 at 10:29:56 PM

[up] I never thought of that. I always assumed when you age you never get to do stuff anymore.

"The original slime is always the best one."
Bur Chaotic Neutral from Flyover Country Relationship Status: Not war
May 5th 2015 at 8:55:06 PM

My Mom dragged me to China with her when she was in her late 60s. Getting older definitely doesn't mean stopping, though there might be a period in there when you're trying to establish a good base for yourself where it seems that way.

I'm only in my early 30s, but that's long enough to know that Black Cat is definitely right with homegrown adventure. I have some friends, both older and younger, who don't go "OK I'll give it a shot". It's like pulling teeth to even get them to go to see a play if it's in the city at, like 1 pm on a Sunday, because they heard bad things happened two blocks over and their mace expired last week. Much less go to the farmers market for jam, because food regulations.

Age is a state of MIND, not body, and some of my friends are way older than I am, even if I've been alive longer. They're fearful of their own mortality to the point of idiocy, and think new things can't possibly be better than the things they already like.

Go see that play. Go to the farmers market for jam.

And when in Beijing, for the love of god go to that street vendor and eat that fried scorpion because if you don't you'll think about it every day for the rest of your life and be full of regrets.

edited 5th May '15 8:58:17 PM by Bur

i. hear. a. sound.
May 7th 2015 at 8:11:34 AM

Yeah, just don't let stereotypes tell you how your life will be and you'll be OK. [tup]

I know a person who has a near Peter-Pan-syndromesque fear of acting like a grownup because she's been taught when she was a child that adults have to stop having fun entirely. It's a terrible thing, really.

edited 7th May '15 8:13:13 AM by Cozzer

GAP Formerly G.G. from Who Knows? Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
Formerly G.G.
May 7th 2015 at 12:49:19 PM

I am that a little bit but thanks for the advice. I always thought adulthood was gonna be boring with no real fulfillment either until I started meeting some people in my temp jobs.

"The original slime is always the best one."
Beholderess from Moscow
May 11th 2015 at 10:00:04 AM

I am terrified of aging myself. Of not getting to do anything interesting anymore an becoming buried in the mundane. Not having time for fun. And no longer being attractive (which, unfortunately, for a woman is a prerequisite to being taken seriously).

If we disagree, that much, at least, we have in common
GAP Formerly G.G. from Who Knows? Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
Formerly G.G.
May 11th 2015 at 8:21:17 PM

Me Too.

I don't want arthritis and diabetes later in life as that would suck. sad

"The original slime is always the best one."
Willbyr Anime-ted from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Anime-ted
May 12th 2015 at 6:18:28 AM

Two things potentially scare me more than anything about getting old: The possibility of Alzheimers or some other form of dementia (my maternal grandmother had it but neither my mom nor aunt have, so far) and, since my dad is in recovery from it, prostate cancer.

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GAP Formerly G.G. from Who Knows? Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
Formerly G.G.
May 13th 2015 at 2:06:06 PM

Also, adulthood sounds almost scary as the media makes it sound that your life is over when you are married. It is true on some level but overall it seems almost adolescent to think that way.

"The original slime is always the best one."
TuefelHundenIV Watchman of the Apocalypse from Wandering Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchman of the Apocalypse
May 14th 2015 at 3:38:17 PM

When you age your body might remind you of the indiscretions of your youth. Like broken, sprained, or dislocated bits. I don't have to worry about getting arthritis I already have it to a limited degree mostly caused by improperly treated bone and joint injuries. Some days it sucks but it is livable. Naproxen is my friend.

edited 14th May '15 3:38:52 PM by TuefelHundenIV

"Who watches the watchmen?"
MarkVonLewis Too Strange to Live, Too Rare to Die from Somewhere in Time Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Too Strange to Live, Too Rare to Die
May 14th 2015 at 6:07:12 PM

I think I'm aging like whiskey. Then again, I am roughly 20% whiskey, lol.

Medusa strippers, where the phrase "my eyes are up here" is a dangerous phrase.
TuefelHundenIV Watchman of the Apocalypse from Wandering Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchman of the Apocalypse
May 14th 2015 at 8:28:56 PM

Ouch.

Nah getting older isn't too bad. You generally stop worrying about most petty things. Not completely but enough it makes your life a little bit easier usually.

"Who watches the watchmen?"
GAP Formerly G.G. from Who Knows? Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
Formerly G.G.
May 14th 2015 at 8:34:26 PM

I guess that is something to look forward to but I wonder if I will become more fun while still being mature?

"The original slime is always the best one."
TuefelHundenIV Watchman of the Apocalypse from Wandering Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchman of the Apocalypse
May 15th 2015 at 4:33:50 PM

I find older people to be a lot more amusing and fun to be honest. The Humor for one is definitely more developed. They often have a good store of stories under their belts. Many also have had time to try quite a few things and know the good spots. Hitting the club or the bar is not a necessity drinking your self stupid seems to drop off a lot.

Keep in mind this is my experience in a rather mixed geeky crowd.

"Who watches the watchmen?"
GAP Formerly G.G. from Who Knows? Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
Formerly G.G.
May 16th 2015 at 1:01:47 AM

The last thing I want to be is an old guy who is pretty much sorrowful. I want to be a Cool Old Guy one day. smile

"The original slime is always the best one."
Ozbourne Purple Argyle Lesbian Vampire from if it fits, I sits Relationship Status: Crazy Cat Lady
Purple Argyle Lesbian Vampire
May 26th 2015 at 2:24:38 PM

I'm definitely, health permitting, going to be a cool old person.

Still going to knit, of course; I do that now so I don't see why I'd stop.

But I'll play D&D with fellow cool old people instead of bingo or shuffleboard or whatever the stereotypical "old people" are playing.

Stupid doomed timeline...
May 26th 2015 at 2:31:07 PM

By then, D&D will be what the stereotypical old people are playing. :P

Cool kids will be all about slaying dragons in VR.

edited 26th May '15 2:31:32 PM by Cozzer

Ozbourne Purple Argyle Lesbian Vampire from if it fits, I sits Relationship Status: Crazy Cat Lady
Purple Argyle Lesbian Vampire
May 26th 2015 at 2:33:55 PM

More fun than bingo or bridge or shuffleboard, at any rate. [lol]

I want to be one of those old people who just... does whatever they want and no one thinks to tell me not to because I'm old. (I'm not talking horrible things, I'm talking like... getting a tattoo for my 80th birthday, or dyeing my hair a lurid color, or dressing entirely in purple for an entire month.)

Stupid doomed timeline...
GAP Formerly G.G. from Who Knows? Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
Formerly G.G.
May 26th 2015 at 4:59:07 PM

[up] Still it would be nice to be able to do those stuff again but we cannot turn back time.

"The original slime is always the best one."
Ozbourne Purple Argyle Lesbian Vampire from if it fits, I sits Relationship Status: Crazy Cat Lady
Purple Argyle Lesbian Vampire
May 26th 2015 at 5:12:15 PM

[up] No idea what you mean with that; what I am saying is why not do some of that stuff as an old person? I've seen old people with bright hair, old tattooed people who didn't even start getting tattoos until their mid thirties, etc.

Stupid doomed timeline...
GAP Formerly G.G. from Who Knows? Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
Formerly G.G.
May 26th 2015 at 8:05:17 PM

[up] I meant doing things while I am still young. It would feel off if I went to Chuck E. Cheeses as an old man. sad

"The original slime is always the best one."
MarkVonLewis Too Strange to Live, Too Rare to Die from Somewhere in Time Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Too Strange to Live, Too Rare to Die
May 26th 2015 at 10:27:11 PM

Way I see it, I'm either gonna be a ghost... or an old man like Old Man Henderson.

Medusa strippers, where the phrase "my eyes are up here" is a dangerous phrase.
GAP Formerly G.G. from Who Knows? Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
Formerly G.G.
May 29th 2015 at 12:30:16 AM

Does anyone still go to sleepovers or parties at middle age? I used to do these things as a kid (sort of) but one day I might host for my children (if) I have any.

"The original slime is always the best one."

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