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    I had never been really drunk until last year, so I really have nothing to compare it to, but I'm relieved to find the few times I've actually partied it up in the last 6 months or so, I have had zero hangover. None, zilch. I dunno if it's just in my constitution (I come from a long line of drinkers) or if it has something to do with abstaining for so long, so nothing's been damaged by it yet, but I hope it isn't a fluke.

    Also, that's definitely another thing that's changed is my attitude and general outlook. I had never tried booze or pot, now I find myself with a stash of weed in my spare room and tequila in my fridge. I can't really say why I never partook when I was younger, but I kind of look back on those days bemusedly, when I was always the driver, or the one who needed to go talk to the cops at the front door. I've always hung out with heavy partiers, but never was one of them. It wasn't a moral issue with me either, I didn't judge, I just never felt like it , y'know? But now, I totally do. Odd.

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    I turn 30 in a couple of weeks (Jesus Christ I was 17 when I started posting on atforumz: wtf, time). My dad turns 70 in a couple of months. I'm actually more freaked out about the latter. I'm very close to my family, and I'm lucky to have both parents in excellent health, but I dread their inevitable loss. It's the kind of thing I'd think about from time to time even as a teen, but it obviously becomes less of an abstract anxiety as we all age. Sigh.

    As for my own aging: my chest hair has been making a slow advance over my shoulders and onto my back. I usually don't give a care, but every couple of months I'll go "oh god, hair between my shoulder blades, clearly unacceptable." Beard has been salt-and-pepper for a year or two now, with increasing salt and decreasing pepper.

    In less vain and more functional matters, I think I'm in pretty good shape as I hit 30. But my lower back has begun to give some trouble (usually mild, thankfully only occasionally moderate). I can see that'll be a treat over the coming decades. I've also noticed much less endurance for social things. If out with friends, heading home before midnight seems desirable even if I don't have anything on for the next morning. Hangovers have also worsened, and are no longer worth the trade-off in my mind. Plus, I want to save the money and avoid the health side-effects (calories, inflammation) that accompany booze, so I now drink modestly and infrequently. Is this "maturity"?

    I think the things I fear most, for myself, are things like joint pain, lessening mobility, etc. Both my grandmothers lived into their 90s. One had pretty bad dementia but was still fairly mobile; the other had a mind as clear as springwater but was so arthritic as to be practically immobile. It's an awful choice, but if given it I'd pick the former, I think.
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    Jesus christ you're not even 30, get outta here!!

    PMS: YES worse. I'm a raging lunatic the week before my period. This is new since my mid 30s (I'm 39). Horrible back pain very similar to back labour during my period. WTF.

    Only 1 chin hair, but I have a few boob hairs. Again, WTF.

    I got my first grey hair at 17, so I'm pretty much salt and pepper now. I've been dying my hair every 6 weeks for about 5 years. I don't mind, it gets me out of the house LOL

    My bikini line has spread to halfway down my thighs LOL

    I'm definitely more confident and feel very secure in my life and relationship. I still battle with depression though, but that's mostly linked to my horrible eating habits (vicious cycle: eat bad, feel bad, eat more, lather rinse repeat), and I do this KNOWING that healthy eating makes me happier. Ugh. Self-sabotage is the worst.

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    I'm 31, but will be turning 32 very shortly here.

    I used to be able to eat basically whatever I wanted and as long as I hit the treadmill once or twice a week, I'd maintain a normal weight. Now I gain 5 lbs just by looking at a piece of bread. And I work out a lot more than I used to!

    I have grey hairs popping up everywhere, but the worst one is the single giant grey eyebrow hair that people will lock their eyes on during conversation if I don't maintain a proper plucking routine. Don't worry, IT ALWAYS RETURNS.

    Yeah, and drinking - just not as fun as it used to be. I also used to be able to function normally from 5 hours of sleep. These days I definitely need a full 8 hours. Also, I've developed an overwhelming desire to take a nap everyday around 2:00 p.m.
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    I had a mild anxiety attack last night. I looked down at my hands and they were not MY hands. They were some old lady's hands. The lines were deep, the skin not supple.

    It looks better this morning, but that has gotten the strongest reaction out of me, mostly cause there's nothing I can do about other than wear gloves.

    Based on my family history, I wasn't expecting to have significant gray for another 20 years. But no, I'm not that lucky. It went from just a few to "OMG where'd they all come from?" just over the summer.

    My relatives still treat me like a child, which is extra weird. I had to yell at someone last year and be like "You do know I'm almost 40, right?"

    Wrinkles and pimples are not fair. Right now, I have a pimple and an ingrown hair next to my mouth. It's like a supervolcano of icky facial flaws. It looks like a cold sore too, so it's extra awesome.

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    I had a big shock myself when I turned 30 but I think it was mostly due to my father's death when I was 29. It really marked the moment and I spent quite a while unbalanced (well, I've always been unbalanced but it was an exacerbated period of that). I'm going to be 33 in april and I really feel old and it's bothered me a lot this year, more than at 30 or 31 actually. I've lost a lot of weight all through the last decade and more (since I was 18 when I weighted 300 pounds, I'm 175 now), so it's not like I started gaining weight as a lot of people in their 30s do. I guess I'm lucky to have developed the obsession to exercise and watch what I eat. But for a year I've gained like 5 to 10 pounds and it's making me crazy. And I started loosing my hair in my mid-twenties, but slowly, and now I have to keep it short otherwise it looks awful (I always thought it looked awful anyway). So, yeah, getting older is just another thing you have to face each day and that can bring you down. You have to be strategic and adopt certain ways of life in order to keep this in check, but sometimes I just feel like letting it all go to the trash. And then I pick myself up again.

    Oh, I thought I'd write down my ideal way-to-get-better recipe : get up at 6, make a fresh juice from vegetables, eat breakfast (either cottage cheese with fruit or cereals), go to the gym and work out for more than an hour, go to work or come back home and work at home, not smoke before 17h, work until 21h without a single drink (oh, maybe just one...), relax a little (book, movie, chat) and go to bed EARLY (22h or 23h), and then do it all again the day after. And drink more than 2 L of water during the day. Yay! But then of course...
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    Rogue hairs, I got 'em, but not on my chin as far as I can tell. The first was a big black hair that grew out of my forehead, these are straight, black and thick, completely unlike any other hairs on my body. They are also very deeply rooted, tugging on them, it looks like they have a follicle the size of a cherry pit. There's no way I'm pulling those out, I shave instead. The last one was on the bridge of my nose.

    Also, the hair cutter asked if I wanted my eyebrows trimmed last time. *sigh*

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    What a Drag it is Getting Old!

    Whenever I get down about being in my last years of thirtysomething I start thinking back to all the awesome things I've done that are impossible now-- I saw Portishead and Tricky live for Portishead's second album, partied with the Beastie Boys, danced with Lady Miss Kier from Deeelite, front row at Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul and PJ Harvey for Is This Desire. I witnessed the OJ car chase in real time. Bought Nirvana's Nevermind the day it came out. I've walked in balls, won a trophy, and saw Paris is Burning in the movie theatre having a kiki time watching all the Voguers battling in front of the movie screen. So yeah, growing old suxxx, but I've had fun doing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by other pete View Post
    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.
    I'm glad I'm not the only one. Right after I turned 31, I quit smoking, started running, changed my diet and got into the best shape of my life. Then about six months later I lapsed into depression like I hadn't seen since my early, angsty 20s. I've been struggling with it now for four years (hopefully more drugs coming soon!). The more time that goes by, the more disenchanted I've become, which I guess is just reality setting in. I think I'm mostly just disappointed with myself and feeling that I've wasted too many opportunities.

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    What a Drag it is Getting Old!

    ^no regrets. You can't change the past. just work on making things better in the future.

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    I just had the worst menstrual cramps I can ever remember having. Like, rolling on the floor howling in pain, cramps.
    Is this part of being pre menopausal?

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    Quite possibly. I'm 42 and my Dr said they'll get worse for a while. My remedy - 2 ibuprofen plus 1 buscopan and maybe a heat pack.

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    LOL, menopause is one of the few things I am looking forward to in growing old! I cannot WAIT to be done with periods, bring on the hot flashes I say!

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    I am awake simply because I split a coffee with my husband after dinner. :/

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    i've found that i'm becoming a hypochondriac as i've gotten older! for example, i went off birth control for the utter fear of dying of blood clot. and stopped using tampons because of a fear of toxic shock syndrome. i know it's weird, and RARE, but christ, it now feels like i fear death constantly. i used to pop tylenol like crazy during menstrual cramps, not caring at all because i was in so much pain, and now i'm a lot more careful about it.

    it's just a bunch of weird health things that come up, and i HATE being like "omg i hope i don't die" and at every little thing (or at least i fear i'm going to suffer from a horrible disease).then the side effects from medication make me panic too.

    please tell me i'm not the only one and i'm only 30 and already have anxiety over this when i never used to be like this.
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