How I know I’m getting older

  • I now panic less about losing weight and just approach it with benign resignation
  • I find myself voluntarily listening to and watching gardening programs. I’ve even been known to jot.things.down.
  • I now have a football team I follow with about as much dedication as a woman with four boys can muster. (Carn the Blues – and if you really want to know why this game is awesome watch the video on that page titled Andrew Walker’s mark. It is SPECTACULAR.)
  • There are things I will happily spend meticulous time on (removing pith off mandarins for marmalade for example) and others I no longer bother with (cleaning, ironing, dusting), guilt free.
  • I can vividly picture my life once my children have grown.
  • I have stopped most of the ‘I wish I had’s and ‘I should have’s and am now moving into the ‘what the hell, let’s give it a go’s. It’s far more enjoyable and exhilarating.
  • I know who my true friends are and can count them on two hands.
  • I worry – a lot – about my parents ageing.
  • While I still worry far too much about what others think of me I know who I am and like (most) of it.
  • Actors and singers who I loved (and lusted no doubt) over as a teenager are now old and I realise the passage of time shows on all (regardless of a surgeon’s hand). It confirms the age-old adage that all that really does matter is what’s on the inside.
  • My toes hurt. It is, apparently, the early stages of arthritis. I put this down to the accelerated aging they have mapped in mothers of children with disabilities (aging 7 times faster than the rest of their age group).
  •  I’m nowhere near as impatient or panicky about my life and where I’m at. Sometimes letting go is the best path to take. Am I where I’d thought I’d be at this age? Absolutely not. But that’s OK. We’ll get there.
  • The pelvic floor.
  • I have grey hairs. I’m embracing them, thereby acknowledging my long-standing inability to get my hair coloured in a regular and timely manner. I like them.
  • The ones that appear in my eyebrows on the other hand…
  • The hairs on the chin.
  • I have met specialists and medicos who are infants.
  • I can’t be bothered to get too worked up about politics any more. What goes around comes around.*
  • I only want to work for myself.
  • The painful ovulation.
  • The realisation that the music of the 80s really is as awesome as you thought it was in the 80s.




*that is a complete and utter lie. Do NOT get me started.


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  • Kirsti

    Love. This.

  • I agree with nearly every one of these. (My toes don’t hurt; my thumbs do. Mum has arthritis so I’m not all that happy about this….)

    • The Doc told me it’s either the toes or the thumbs that go first. So there you go. And I am not happy about it either!

  • I love your list. I can totally identify! x

  • I embraced all of these long ago. Except for the football. It’s liberating isn’t it?


  • Linda

    oh come on. one or two songs does not excuse the 80’s which also gave us Milli Vanilli, Janet Jackson, George Michael, the Captain and Tennile and freaking Wham!

    and what is with ‘carn the blues?

    and as for gardening programs…life as i knew it ended when Peter Cundall retired from Gardening Australia…my heart skipped a beat when i saw him on Q&A last night. how freaking sexy is that man?

    • WHAM! is AWESOME.

      And I know. But really, at the end of the day, there are a LOT of very fit young male bodies to look at.

      I too adore Peter Cundall, but his lips are just a little too loose. I just reckon you’d end up covered in spittle. But he was AWESOME on QandA last night.

  • I have been really unwell over the past few days, feeling super crappy! I jumped on to catch up on whats been happening on your blog…..feeling sooo much better!! Your words are like threapy to me:)

    • Awww, I am SO pleased to help! hope you’re on the mend!

  • Big Bro

    Add to that….the baby on the front of Nirvana’s Nevermind album is 21 this year 🙁

  • Seriously, what IS it with the painful ovulation?? Told my sister it feels like I’m expelling an ostrich egg.

  • trash

    Aaaaah… Dynamic Hepnotics. Why can they not play ace music like this on Radio Two?