There was an article in the Daily Mail on Saturday about some research which has recently been done on the definitive signs of ‘getting old’, which I read with interest.
This is a list of the top 30, and I thought it would be fun to see how I stack up against them.
1. Falling asleep in front of the TV No, but I do fall asleep while reading in bed on a fairly regular basis these days.
2. Feeling stiff Much as it pains me to admit it, yes I do a bit, you know, first thing in the morning.
3. Groaning when you bend down. No, but sometimes I do when I get up again.
4. Losing your hair – thankfully not (I hope).
5. Hating noisy pubs – not really. Although I do like to be able to get a seat – I’m not a standing up in a pub kinda gal . Never have been actually, so I guess that’s not really a sign of aging in my case.
6. Thinking teachers/policemen/doctors look really young – yes, definitely!
7. Getting more hairy (ears, face, eyebrows, nose etc)– not so as I’ve noticed.
8. Struggling to use technology – definitely not. Love it and embrace it all.
9. Forgetting names – not really, but I do find it difficult to place people, like when I bump into somebody in the supermarket, who smiles and says ‘hi’, I know I know them, but I can’t remember for the life of me where from.
10. Not knowing any songs in the Top Ten. Yes – and what’s more, I don’t care either.
11. Choosing clothes and shoes for comfort rather than style. No!!!! Never. I hope.
12. Driving slowly. God, no. Though my husband often wishes I drove a bit slower than I do.
13. Developing a fondness for sherry. I will admit to a cheeky glass or two over the Christmas period.
14. Complaining more. As my brother will no doubt attest, I am and always have been one of life’s complainers. I’m actually trying hard to complain LESS.
15. Joining the Women’s Institute. No – but I’ve thought about it. Anyway, I though the WI was meant to be quite hip and trendy these days.
16. Misplacing glasses/bag/car keys. If this is a sign of getting old, Ashley must be about 103.
17. Thinking work colleagues are getting younger. No, not really.
18. Listening to the Archers. Only by default, because Ashley has it on on a Sunday morning. I don’t really like any soaps these days.
19. Moving from Radio One to Radio Two. Radio 1 in the morning for Chris Moyles and Fearne Cotton, then over to Radio 2 for Jeremy Vine and Steve Wright.
20. Taking a mid-afternoon nap. Yes. One of my favourite treats. (And what’s more, it’s said to reduce your chances of heart disease).
21. Joining the National Trust. Guilty as charged.
22. Becoming a Parish Councillor. I would rather dig out my own eyeballs with a spoon, having served for three years on the Village Hall Committee, which was linked to the Parish Council. NEVER again!
23. Complaining about the rubbish on TV these days. No – I revel in crap TV.
24. Ears growing bigger. No – I don’t think so.
25. Preferring a Sunday walk to a lie-in I’m always up at the crack of dawn on a Sunday and off to the car boot sale, so I guess the answer to this one must be yes.
26. Being shocked by racy music videos. No, but I’m sometimes surprised by the amount of words they have to bleep out of songs on Radio 1.
27. Going on a ‘no children’ cruise. No, but I’d bloody love to – can’t abide other people’s kids!!
28. Taking a keen interest in the garden – only in sitting in it with a good book. Gardening is one of my least favourite pastimes.
29. Enjoying being asked for proof of age – unlikely to happen, I imagine.
30. Knowing your alcohol limit – knowing it and taking any notice of it are two different things, aren’t they? Though I’m more sensible since my hangovers started lasting two days rather than just the one.