Surefire Signs You’re Officially Old

One part of life that most of us will experience is getting older. If we’re blessed enough to make it to a certain age, we’ll start to see and feel the effects of aging. There are some obvious signs of age, such as wrinkles and gray hair (unless you’re prematurely graying). However, there also subtle signs that often begin a few years before we start to see the physical signs of age.

Here are seven surefire signs you’re getting old.

1. You’re in bed by 9 p.m. or earlier

Man sleeping in bed

Is 9 p.m. the perfect bedtime for you? | iStock.com

The days of staying out past midnight to hang out with friends are pretty much over. After a long day of work, all you can think about is getting home, jumping into your pajamas, and getting into your bed so you can get a solid night’s sleep. There was probably a time in your life when you would rather be out meeting people and going to events. Nowadays, all you want to do is relax and spend time with your fur babies.

2. You would rather read a book than watch television

Mature woman sitting on a bench

A good book is better than any TV show. | Moussa81/iStock/Getty Images

Instead of mindlessly watching the latest television show, you browse online (or gasp—go to an actual bookstore) for the latest best seller. Television becomes less important when you have access to so many great books. And unlike television shows, you don’t have to wait an entire week to proceed to the next chapter. All you have to do is turn the page.

3. You wear a hat during the winter

Man shoveling snow

Warmth is more important than style. | iStock.com/goldyrocks

When you’re young and carefree, the last thing you want to do is wear a hat during the winter time. Who wants hat hair? However, when you reach a certain age, you realize it’s more important to be warm than look cute. Before you know it, you have a collection of knit hats in your closet. People might give you weird looks because you’re all bundled up with a hat, scarf, gloves, ear muffs, and a big down coat, but who cares? You’re warm.

4. You reminisce about the ‘good old days’

Three older women enjoying a meal

Things were much simpler in your day. | monkeybusinessimages/ iStock / Getty Images Plus

Just about everything reminds you of the “good old days” of your youth. You might talk about television shows you used to watch, old board games you and your family used to play, or some of your favorite stores that aren’t around anymore. You’ll probably realize you’re getting old when younger people look at you and have no idea what you’re talking about.

5. You begin sentences with, ‘When I was your age … ‘

Two happy middle aged Caucasian females

Kids have it all wrong nowadays. | iStock.com/CREATISTA

Chances are, you’ll get to a point where you can’t help but start most sentences with “when I was your age …” Then you’ll proceed to tell your young listener about the tough situations you faced and how you managed to survive. Once you finish your story of trial and triumph, he or she will scurry away before you begin yet another story about what life was like before mobile phones and the internet existed.

6. You’re doing and saying things that remind you of your parents

Love between mother and her daughter

You can feel yourself becoming your mother. | iStock.com/KatarzynaBialasiewicz

There was a time when you said you would never want to be like your parents. When you were very young, you might have even been embarrassed to be seen with them. You would try your hardest not to act like them, talk like them, or even dress like them. However, as each year passes, the similarities grow. In fact, you’re just like your parents and you don’t even mind. In fact, you’re starting to appreciate their quirks, dry jokes, and unusual fashion choices.     

7. You tell all your friends you’re getting old

Mature Friends Enjoying Meal

Your friends are aware of your age. | iStock.com/monkeybusinessimages

Once you get to the point where you realize you’re not a kid anymore, you can’t help but broadcast it to your friends and family. Suddenly, you’re ending every sentence with “I’m getting old.” Would you prefer to stay home than party? Are you refusing that extra slice of cake and fussing at others about eating a proper diet? Your blanket excuse is usually that you’re getting old.

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