Some people are getting older, they tell me. And some of these people are are quite disturbed by this fact of life.
As for me, as with most things, I prefer to look at the light side of getting older - and there are plenty of humorous writings out there which give one pause.
For example, here are a few samples of ways in which people of my generation have changed their likes and/or desires over the years:
In 1966, we wanted to pass our drivers' test; in 2011, we're more concerned with passing the vision test.
In 1968,we wanted long hair; in 2011, many of us are longing for hair.
In 1968,the word was KEG; in 2011, it is EKG.
In 1968,"Acid rock" was the rage; in 2011, Acid reflux rages.
In 1968,everyone wanted to move to California "because it's cool;" in 2011, many Baby Boomers are moving to Arizona because it's warm.
In 1968, parents were begging us to get our hair cut; in 2011, children are begging parents to get their heads shaved.
In 1968, many were seeking seeds and stems; in 2011, we just want roughage.
In 1968, many were hoping for a BMW; in 2011, many of these same people don't care about the "W" anymore.
In 1968, everyone wanted to go to a new, hip joint; in 2011, many are receiving a new hip joint.
1968, Rolling Stones; 2011, Kidney Stones.
1968, Screw the system; 2011, Upgrade the system.
1975, Disco; 2011, Costco.
You get the idea ... and, in case you don't, here's something else to chew on:
The people who are starting college this fall were born in 1992. Each year, the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin put together a list to try to give the faculty a sense of the mindset of the year's incoming freshmen.
Here is this year's list -
This year's college freshmen
Are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up; their lifetime has always included AIDS; bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic; the Compact Disc was introduced two years before they were born;
they have always had cable television; they cannot fathom not having a remote control; Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show; popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave; they never took a swim and thought about 'Jaws;' they can't imagine what hard contact lenses are;
they don't know who Mork was, or where he was from; they never heard "Where's the Beef?", "I'd walk a mile for a Camel", or "de plane, Boss, de plane ..."; they do not care who shot J. R., and have no idea who J. R. even is; they don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.
As I said, don't feel bad about getting older, learn to laugh at yourself ... as they used to say in "my day " : "It takes a lot more muscles to frown than it does to smile."