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Signs You May Be Middle-Aged

According to a recent British survey conducted for a health-care and insurance firm, here are a few of the signs one has crossed the Rubicon into middle age. Here are some from the UK list that I’ve noticed in myself:

●Hating noisy pubs

●Getting more hairy — ears, eyebrows, nose, face, etc.

●Thinking policemen/teachers/doctors look really young

●Preferring a night in with a board game than a night on the town

●You don’t know any songs in the top 10

●When you know your alcohol limit

Also, from my own list:

●Having trouble hearing

●Forgetting names easily

●Thinking that all music on the radio sounds the same (and that it’s all crap)

●Finding a Strange New Respect for books and music that were too complicated or fusty to bother with

●Finding a Strange New Disrespect for books, movies, and music that I once loved, seeing them as too shrill, shallow, whatever

●Losing political and religious idealism, and becoming both more cynical and more tolerant

●Seeing the resurgence of hairstyles from my youth, and wondering why they look so stupid on young people these days when they looked so great on us

●A general hatred of how noisy the world is (e.g., people have TV on all the time, and the people on TV are so aggressive and stupid)

●A disinterest in going to the movies because there’s nothing interesting to watch

●Puzzling over how young people can stand drinking all that sweet booze

●The depressing realization that my fat pants are now my standard pants

●Realizing that my teenage son looks great in my hand-me-down shirts and sweaters, which means a) that I have a son tall and broad enough to wear my own clothes, and b) that I’m now too fat to wear the clothes I used to look good in

What signs have you noticed in your middle age?

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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