I turned 37 yesterday. Funny thing is I don't really feel much older than I did when I was twenty, except I've gained some weight and lost some hair. It's funny how time goes by faster as you get older. Judging by the time acceleration I've been noticing the last several years, I'll be dead in no time!
I believe in aging gracefully. That means no toupees. No mid-life crisis. Just continue to have fun with life. The real challenge to me is that most people my age have already had a family. Someone with a spouse/children who is my age feels a lot different to me than someone in their twenties who does not. So a lot of my friends are younger. Which seems strange to me, but somehow I feel like I have more in common with a single twenty-something than a married thirty-something. The point being, I think marriage and children have a greater impact on social development than aging. Still, I don't think I behave the same as a twenty-something. I don't have the same energy, and the generation gap means there is often a disconnect in terms of interests and life experience. So I'm kind of in limbo. I don't see myself as a man-child: I'm socially responsible, hold down a job, and I don't go around drinking and partying. I'm not trying to recapture my youth. I don't wish I could be a kid again. I like where I'm at. It just often feels like not many people are at the same place.
Then there's dating. If I want to have kids of my own, I need to date a bit younger. It's tough for many women my age to have children. But dating younger can be creepy. Not only is there that social disconnect, but also a stigma attached if I were, say, to end up marrying someone ten or twelve years younger than myself. I suppose I shouldn't worry about stigmas, but I am extremely paranoid about sending off creepy signals and so actually often avoid situations in which I might be able to meet girls.
Health is another thing. As you age you need to watch your diet and exercise more. We lazy gluttons really struggle with this. I push myself to go to the gym and eat healthier, but its a constant challenge. And quite frankly I think I'm losing the battle. Also, I have some kind of herniated disk in my back which sets off my sciatic nerve. The constant threat of incapacitating pain really keeps wary as to what types of physical activity I can participate in.
This entry feels more like a really long Facebook status update than a blog. But I needed to write something.