The Hardest Parts Of Getting Older That No One Talks About

The Hardest Parts Of Getting Older That No One Talks About

Turns out, “golden years” is a bit of a misnomer. Along with wisdom and the occasional early bird special, aging throws some serious curveballs. Get ready for a hilariously honest (and slightly bewildered) exploration of the weird, wonderful, and downright inconvenient realities that come with, ahem, “seasoning.”

1. Your body makes noises you never even thought possible.

Between the creaks, clicks, and random groans, you’re a walking symphony of weird sounds. It’s like your body is suddenly discovering all-new ways to betray you. You never thought you’d become the person who gets startled by their own knees popping.

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2. “I’m tired” becomes your default state of being.

Exhaustion isn’t just from lack of sleep; it’s settled in your bones. Naps become a necessity, not a luxury, and sometimes even a good night’s rest doesn’t cut it. You start to wonder if you ever actually felt fully awake in your twenties. Rush University Medical Center confirms that it’s natural for your energy to dip as you get older, but there are things you can do to keep (a bit of) your energy as you age, so look after yourself!

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3. You’re suddenly the person yelling at kids to get off your lawn.

Loud music? Kids skateboarding? Anything joyful and vaguely energetic fills you with unexplainable rage. When did you become the grumpy neighborhood stereotype? You try to fight it, but sometimes the urge to yell “You kids these days!” is just too strong.

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4. You start sentences with, “Back in my day…” and actually mean it.

You become a walking history lesson, boring younger generations with tales of dial-up internet and having to rewind VHS tapes. They look at you with pity, which honestly, is kind of fair. But secretly, you revel in their confusion a little.

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5. Your memory turns into Swiss cheese, especially when it comes to names.

You know that actor, the one from that movie… it’s on the tip of your tongue! Awkwardly introducing a friend as “thingamajig” becomes a regular occurrence. Honestly, you’re half amazed you even remember your own name most days.

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6. Hangovers morph into multi-day recovery missions.

One too many drinks, and you’re paying the price for days. That carefree “I can bounce right back” attitude of your youth? A distant, mocking memory. Now, even one glass of wine can lead to a full-blown headache and an intense craving for greasy takeout.

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7. You become obsessed with the weather in a way that deeply concerns you.

Aching joints turn you into a human barometer. Casual conversations about the cloud cover now dominate your social interactions. You start to sound like your grandparents, and the realization hits you like a ton of bricks.

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8. The concept of a “late night” drastically changes.

Staying out past 10 p.m. feels like hardcore adventuring. Your idea of a wild Friday night is being in bed with a cup of tea and a heating pad. And hey, there’s absolutely no shame in that!

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9. Every new wrinkle or gray hair becomes a personal affront.

You wage a constant war against the visible signs of aging. Anti-wrinkle creams, hair dyes, the works… it’s a battle against the inevitable, and it’s exhausting. Some days you want to embrace the aging process, but other days you just want to hide under a blanket and pretend time travel is possible.

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10. Technology outpaces you at a terrifying speed.

The latest gadgets, slang, even memes leave you feeling confused and out-of-touch. You secretly long for the days of landlines and answering machines. Trying to explain the latest TikTok trend to your friends makes you realize you’ve officially become…old. Data from Pew Research Center found that 41% of Americans aged 65 and older don’t use the internet at all, while 23% say they don’t use cell phones. While you may not be quite that bad, you are worried about not being able to keep up.

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11. You’ve perfected the art of unsolicited advice-giving…even when no one wants it.

All that life experience has to be put to good use, right? Whether younger people like it or not, you’re dispensing those hard-won nuggets of wisdom. Sometimes they even listen, but mostly, they probably just roll their eyes and try to ignore you…which is fair.

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12. Grocery shopping turns into a test of endurance.

Reading tiny food labels, carrying heavy bags… it’s a workout your body wasn’t prepared for. You secretly pine for those days when a trip to the supermarket was NBD. Now it takes strategic planning and maybe even a post-shopping nap.

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13. Pop culture references fly right over your head.

Who are these TikTok stars everyone’s obsessed with? What’s the deal with that new catchphrase? You’re officially out of the loop, and it’s oddly unsettling. You start to feel like a visitor in your own time.

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14. You find yourself strangely nostalgic about things that weren’t even that great.

Those awkward teenage years suddenly seem like a golden age. Even that terrible office job you hated gains a rosy glow in hindsight. Rose-colored glasses are definitely a side effect of aging that no one warned you about.

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15. Your social circle starts to shrink, and it hits you way harder than you thought it would.

People move away, friends drift apart, and old connections fade. The loneliness can creep in unexpectedly, making you appreciate those true buddies way more. You start planning more get-togethers, determined to hold on to the good ones.

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16. There’s a nagging sense that time is slipping away faster than ever before.

You start obsessing over bucket lists and making the most of the moments you have. It’s bittersweet — scary but also motivating in a whole new way. Suddenly, those clichés about life being short start to feel way too real.

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Sinitta Weston grew up in Edinburgh but moved to Sydney, Australia to for college and never came back. She works as a chemical engineer during the day and at night, she writes articles about love and relationships. She's her friends' go-to for dating advice (though she struggles to take the same advice herself). Her INFJ personality makes her extra sensitive to others' feelings and this allows her to help people through tough times with ease. Hopefully, her articles can do that for you.