OT: Feeling Older?

Submitted by GoWings2008 on January 16th, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The offer post for Tyriq Thompson, and some of the posts in there, got me thinking about what it is that makes me feel older.  Certainly seeing the Woolfolk family repeat generations helped me feel old, so I'd pose these questions to the MGoCommunity:

1.  What is it that makes you feel old?

2.  What do you do, or think you could do, to help yourself not feel so old?

(Those under the age of 30, feel free to ignore the questions and respond with suggestions for how us old(er) folk can help ourselves out).


The FannMan

January 16th, 2014 at 2:36 PM ^

I feel old whenever somebody references a early 90s player as if he were from ancient history.  (I was at Michigan in the early 90s.)

I guess I don't do much to try to feel young.  I am coming to realize that each age has its benefits and challenges.  It's a trade off.  IMHO, feeling young or old is a red herring.  It's all about enjoying the positives of wherever it is that you are at in life.

If I can be pardoned for giving unsolicited words of "wisdom" - My advice (especially to young moms and dads) is to enjoy whatever phase you are in and don't wish time away.  My wife and I were blessed with three daughters within 4.5 years.  When they were little, there was so much work to do that I couldn't wait for them to be older.   That was a mistake.  Don't get me wrong - I don't want to go back to changing diapers at 3:00 a.m.  I just wish I had enjoyed the ride a bit more.


January 16th, 2014 at 2:37 PM ^

feel old is that at the age of 35 i'm now older than the majortiy of the athletes in professional sports...  its been 16 years since i graduated from HS... 

what would make me feel young again? if i could once again dunk a basketball... its been about 8 years since i've been able to do that...


January 16th, 2014 at 2:45 PM ^

-Birthday coming up in a few months. Generally I despise birthdays but I will make an exception for my MGoBirthday, November 14th.

-Having firsthand experience with technology that was already outdated by the time I got my hands on it, e.g. handheld cassette players. An old car of mine had a cassette deck (mfg. in 2000). My first Windows was 3.1. All-time favorite was Windows 95. Among the modern windows I like XP the best; unfortunately Microsoft will stop giving it security updates soon. I also used a 56K dial-up modem for almost eight years.

-Not recovering as quickly from injury. Classic aging!

-Talking about Chris Perry attacking the sidelines and getting blank stares from my friends.


January 18th, 2014 at 2:39 PM ^

My flash drive stores 8gb and it's not even a top-of-the-line model! I have word documents on my hard drive larger than 10mb!

"um...too many spaces here, file is too large...yeah, just string all the words together without spaces, then we can save...got it."


January 16th, 2014 at 2:45 PM ^

The time I was in for game and some drunken undergrad started threatening me, and his buddies were like "Dude, that guy's a professor!  Chill!"  

That was 12 years ago.  

MMB 82

January 16th, 2014 at 2:45 PM ^

Reading glasses: The fact that I have to put on a pair  to see anything clearly less than 2-3 feet in front of my face, including my iPhone.

Physically, I otherwise feel fine: ran my fastest marathon at age 40, completed a 70-mile cycling event a few months ago averaging over 20 mph, keeping my weight down, strength up, etc.

Other thing that makes me feel old: I fall asleep (not pass out) before I can get drunk.

Other thing that makes me feel young: MGoBlog and the internet in general. Participating and reading discussions here keeps you in the loop on many things, and it is getting harder for the younger generation to age-gap us because there is now interaction among everyone. I have clients over the age of 70 who know who Taco Pants is.


January 16th, 2014 at 2:46 PM ^

I returned to college (Michigan) at 30 years old.  Being 8 years older than my peers isn't a lot of years but felt like an entire generation.  But it was rejuvinating actually.


January 16th, 2014 at 2:50 PM ^

The fact that high school kids have no idea what the save icon is on Microsoft word.

The fact that I say the phrase 20 years ago ... And I was not a kid.

All make me feel old.

Rocking Chair

January 16th, 2014 at 2:51 PM ^

1.  Attending a hockey game at Yost and remembering watching Cazzie and company play basketball under that same roof. 

2.  Attending a hockey game at Yost and joining in the chants.


January 16th, 2014 at 2:55 PM ^

I'm 32 and one thing that tells me I'm getting older is that I can't stay awake late night like I used to be able to. Three+ years ago I was able to stay awake until 3:00 AM on the weekends with no problem. There are times when I still do that, but only when I'm active, like when I am playing Xbox, but other than that, I'm usually sleeping by midnight, especially on Friday nights. I don't even like to do out on Friday nights anymore. Occassionally I do, but I'm always tired some 9:00 or 10:00. That's what happens when you get used to the M-F work schedule. Saturday is usually my day to go out and/or drink alcohol, which is one of countless reasons that college football is better than the NFL.


January 16th, 2014 at 3:03 PM ^

Um - the increasingly rapid passage of time makes me feel old I guess.  When I was younger it seemed like time lingered and passed ever so slowly but now, at 54, I blink my eyes and a football season has come and gone.  I turn my head and I've got a son running his own company and a daughter in NYC trying to be an actress and when I look in the mirrror I see more and more of my father every day as my hair turns gray and wrinkles start to become more pronounced.  Like everyone I try and fight the inevitable through excercise and a better (somewhat) diet but each day comes and goes faster than the day before and I realize I'm closer to the end of this adventure than I am the beginning.

What would make me fee less old?  Well a new Goddamn screen name for starters.......

You Only Live Twice

January 16th, 2014 at 8:21 PM ^

Agreed that the passage of time is slow when you're young, then it goes by all too fast.  I don't know what the answer to that is, but I'm searching for it. 

On the plus side, MGrowOId, your wife looks great and I just got the ABSOLUTE BEST recipe for spinach-kale soup from her website.  Kale is one of those super-healthy foods I'm always looking for ways to make it taste good.  :)  Also I so admire how she stays in shape, but must confess it's more likely for me to play QB against OSU with a broken foot than to be able to do the incredible level of exercise she does to stay in shape.