No really. I did.
I work with a bunch of (mostly) older, near retirement people who asked my age, “I’m 35…”
To this I would get the standard, “Oh you’re just a baby!” or “I wish I was 35!”
No. No I am not. I have three kids, a wife, in my second house and I have a partially torn rotator cuff (just thought I’d mention it).
I mean I understand their point of view, they are almost all in their 50’s and so 35 is, for a lot of them, 20 years ago.
My response to their standard comment was, “You didn’t want to be 35 when you were 35.” It’s all about perspective.
This is the first year that I thought about my age and went, “well…fuck…”
I don’t feel particularly old, but something just seems bigger about being 35. When I was 25 someone that was 35 was, well, old. I knew that they weren’t, not really. It’s just that I am in the middle of my middle 30’s. I can remember my father yelling at me to not swing under the railing going out our back door when we lived in Schenectady. That was twenty years ago.
It’s going to get worse, I know.
As an example – my parents came over to my house to sing “happy birthday” and have some cake (the real reason they came, don’t let them fool you…) and I had this exchange with my father;
Father: “Wait, so how old are you again?”
Me (incredulous): “35…”
Father (puts hand on his face): “Holy shit…you’re getting up there.”
I’m gonna go finish off several adult beverages now. Bye.