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    I spend minutes now in front of the mirror usually at night or in the morning when I wake up, plucking strange textured white hairs poking out of my head. I still haven't decided if I will color my hair to hide the grey, or just go au natural.

    Weight gain, having a sedentary job sitting at a desk all day, hasn't helped with the age outlook. I try to get myself to the gym to maintain myself, somewhat. I just remember when I was younger, and was able to eat three plates of spaghetti, and never gain a pound, and now I have to be concerned about whether to put cheese on it this or that. It sucks!

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    I still feel pretty young (I'm 33) but there are certainly some things that happen now that would never have happened in my 20's.

    I have zero problems with my period but since I am also on the fertility non-issue/Childfree bandwagon I kinda wish it'd just shut up shop.

    If I don't get 8 hours sleep, I essentially have a "hangover" the next day. And if the lack of sleep is combined with booze, I'm pretty much a write-off for between 24-48 hours

    No grey hairs yet, and I have always had hormonal issues that effect my body hair, so I don't notice changes there either. My eyesight is still excellent, but my hearing is dodgy - although, it has never been great I think due to childhood issues with my ears (ongoing infections, glue ear, etc).

    Most of all, I notice that I get out of bed with a sore back or neck or whatever and all I can put it down to is that I slept wrong. How the fuck do you sleep wrong?!?! But, it seems to be pretty common that as you get older, your capacity to do something that seems like the most basic, simple thing a human being does can indeed be done wrong

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    YES! WTF is up with the random chin hairs??? Christ. I told my husband I'm going to keep track of them on a map I create of my face so when my eyes go that someone can pluck for me!

    I'm starting to hold things away from my face to be able to read them. And I have to have good lighting or it's a lost cause.

    I do enjoy having more confidence in myself and a "I don't give a shit what you think" attitude that comes with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kala View Post
    Fucking hell I used to be an introvert until I hit my 30's!
    Same here! I am still an introvert, but not overwhelming so.


    Quote Originally Posted by Kala View Post
    ETA: I shoot hoops now (no layups) and am pretty darned good. When I was a kid NO ONE wanted me on their team in phys ed.
    I sucked when I was a kid. I was ugly, made fun of, overweight, wore braces on my legs, etc. I had nowhere to go but up.

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    38 here! My 30s have been filled with ups and downs both mentally and physically, but the thing that annoys me the most is that I have a huge patch of gray hair near my bangs, and yet I still get occasional breakouts. It's like, "body give me one or the other, but not both!"

    My periods are fairly regular, but I am so over them. I'm hoping for an early menopause, my mom hit hers at 45.

    Other than that, life's pretty good right now. Slowly losing weight, and getting healthier.

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    Re: What a Drag it is Getting Old!

    6 months left of my 30s and I feel like I'm crawling toward their finish line TBH. After being an unwillingly reclusive teen, had a great, unbelievably great 20s (it got better!), but the last decade has been almost entirely about finding the strength to cope with door after door closing, telling myself it wouldn't keep happening, and it keeping happening, people I thought I was close to turning out to only have had proximity. Constant tiredness, intermittent depression, isolation and loneliness. Sooo, fuck my horrible 30s basically. I'm hoping the decades of my life will work like Star Trek movies with the even numbered ones being worth the wait.

    Oh that was a rant I wasn't expecting to give when I started typing! Ok, two health improvements though: hayfever and regular bouts of tonsilitis both surprisingly stopped in my 30s, which is great.

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    42 here.
    Periods...heeavvy - regular, then irregular, then regular again.
    Grey hairs... multiplying every hair cut. I've made the ol' hair mascara my friend between hairdresser appointments.
    Health concerns....Mum has cancer on the lung and liver. She wasn't fit enough to have a lung removed, so had to undergo radiation and chemo. I think I should get fit just in case I have to make that decision. Plus mum's mum has altzheimer's, so wanting to delay that somewhat. I think it is hereditary.
    Moody as hell. I'm wondering if I'm peri-menstrual. I feel like I'm PMSing almost all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by entropy View Post
    Every year I am more confident. I feel more aware of who I am and how to accomplish what I want to accomplish.
    Yes.. there's that. I went through things in my early twenties that normally people wouldn’t go through until much later in life, and I wouldn’t change a thing now that the dust has settled. I’m slowly but surely coming back into my own (version 2.0).. more comfortable in my skin and care less and less what people think of me with each passing day.
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    39 here, and... trying really, really, really hard to love it. My signs of aging have been brutal, considering how youth centered the gay world is. Deep set lines around my mouth, the belt of fat that doesn't disappear no matter how many crunches I do and a graying beard. The toughest has been the loss of hair. What an insult to have my hair move south from the top of my head to my ears and the tip of my nose. THE TIP OF MY NOSE! ARGH!!!

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    Oh yes, PMS! I've always struggled a little bit with it, but the past year has been bad. Like I'm either yelling, crying or crawling into bed to hide from the world bad. And it takes me a day to realize that's what's going on, and that it will pass, since my cycle is irregular.

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    You know what I think? Once you're old enough to have gray hair growing in, you should be exempt from getting acne ever again. I'm 29 and I get both. I actually prefer the gray hair to zits.

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    Another sufferer of adult acne here. I mean seriously, wtf. I have a few hairs on my chinny chin chin as well. I love my tweezers. But as my dad told me one year when I gently teased him about approaching 60. He said, "Well, Wendy it's better than the alternative." I try to remember this.

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    I get these wiry white hairs in my facial hair and they stick straight out and they're as long as all the others, but I swear they weren't there the last time I looked! They either grow super-fast or they hide between other hairs until they're long enough and then, *boing* stick straight out.

    And the hair on my shoulders and back! *shudder*

    And both my knees are shot- especially at work, when I kneel down to pick something up or whatever, I have to pause and gather up the energy to shift my weight, straighten the legs out and stand back up again.

    And my right ankle is just pathetic. Every so often it just gives out for no discernable reason and even with a brace, I'll have a noticeable limp for a few weeks, then it will start to feel better, I'll stop thinking about it so often, then I'll start forgetting to wear the brace, then it just buckles on me again.

    The ankle is why I quit running. And why I put the 60 pounds I lost 5 years ago all back on, plus 15 more. I haven't figured out any exercise regimen that works for me since (or that I've had the motivation to keep up with anyway), and personally, at 35, my self-confidence is probably at an all-time low. I was looking at mountain bikes this weekend, maybe I'll give that a shot since there's actually someone I could go trail-riding with at the moment.

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    im 30ish. everything EVERYTHING takes longer to recover from---late nights (even if booze free), boozy nights, injuries, etc. It's annoying. There are things I *think*I should be bale to do that I can't. Just cant--like push myself from a fitness standpoint. Now its maintain and slow and steady wins the race or some shit.

    On the other hand, from a sense of self standpoint, i actually have a sense of self. i give less of a fuck what people think of me, and less a fuck about appearances. the sense of balance in my life is ever expanding. also, im glad i never had (or plan to have) kids. i think that would've stunted my personal growth.

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    I'm going to be 36 this year and realistically I'm healthier than I was even as a skinny athletic teenager but that isn't stopping some of the weirdness happening.

    My hair is getting darker/less red/less vibrant. For a while I didn't care about my grey hairs but I'm dying again just to keep my hair from looking so dull
    Weird chin hairs? Yup I got them, they drive me NUTS and seem to be incredibly hard to pluck out. Frig they hurt.
    PMS? The past 6 months have been HELL, it'll be 2 years in April I've been off birth control(had my tubes tied) and the week before my period starts has been getting worse and worse.
    Sleep - I never can get enough of it and I get the "hangover" if I get too little or even these days too much.
    Old injuries - I'm finding that injuries from my youth are making themselves known again. Things I've forgotten about until someone asks me if I've ever injured X before.

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