The Aging Meme

Becky tagged me for this meme, created by Zoesmom.  Sometimes I ignore tags (sorry!), but this time I think I’ll be a good sport, so here goes.

At a certain age women should stop listening to what everybody else is telling them to do.

At a certain age men should stop listening to what everybody else is telling them to do.  (I ignore gender differences whenever I can!).

When I was a kid I thought I would be a teacher.

Now that I am older I am glad I’m a teacher (but I’m glad for different reasons than I would have expected as a kid.  As a kid I would have talked about wanting to help people.  Nowadays I talk about loving my summers off.  I was a better person as a kid).

You know you are too old to try something new when you’re in your grave.

You know you are too young to give up when you’re still alive.

When I was in high school I listened to the music of Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, Beck.

Nowadays I find I spend much more time listening to audiobooks and NPR than listening to music.

On my last birthday I had to go to school to begin a brand new semester.

On my next birthday I want to take the day off (although I probably won’t — sigh) .

The best birthday present I ever got was my engagement ring.

The first time I felt grown up was when I taught my own class (terrifying!).

The last time I felt like a kid was … I don’t remember.  I was kind of glad to grow up and leave childhood behind.

When I read for the first time it changed my life. (And did it ever!)

Last year was pretty okay.  Bad things happened, good things happened … it was kind of normal.  It won’t stand out as a memorable year, I don’t think.

Next year I hope something really cool and wonderful and unexpected will happen.

If you’d like to do this meme, please, help yourself!

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8 responses to “The Aging Meme

  1. This is a fun meme, but I don’t know that I could come up with anything half as good for answers. I liked the one about your engagement ring.

  2. Enjoyed your answers! I especially liked your too old and too young ones. Such a good philosophy to have!

  3. When I was young I wanted to be all sorts of things—none of which I am now! :) And I also prefer audio books to most music these days. I couldn’t even tell you what music is popular on the radio! Great answers.

  4. I do think how we view age is mostly about attitude. It’s nice to see many more older actresses starring in films than when we were kids. They are role models for a full and talented life even if they have a few wrinkles. There’s no reason to ever stop trying new things :)

  5. I like your answers and I don’t listen to audiobooks yet but I’m addicted to NPR. Have been for the last several years :)

  6. Thanks Litlove — that was one romantic birthday!

    Stefanie — thanks! I was stumped on how to answer those, actually, so I decided to get all philosophical.

    Danielle — oh, I have no clue about music. Not the first inkling. And that’s just fine by me, I have to say :)

    Debby — no, indeed, no reason to stop trying new things. I hope I can hang on to that attitude!

    Iliana — NPR is a great way to keep up with the news, I think — it’s perfect for my commutes — an efficient way to take everything in.

  7. Oh yes, I hope that something really cool and wonderful and unexpected happens for you next year, too. Perhaps a move to Paradise? :-)!

  8. A move to Paradise would qualify for sure! :)

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