“At the age of 20, we don’t care what the world thinks of us; at 30, we worry about what it is thinking of us; at 40, we discover that it was not thinking of us at all.” ― Unknown
Middle age catches us without any sort of warning.
Middle Age Can Be Shocking For Some People
You’re not old until a teenager refers to you as “Uncle” or “Aunt”.
Do you hate getting older?
Is it not okay for us to grow old gracefully?
Some Of Us Cover Up The Fact That We Are Ageing
Some of us would prefer to hide our true age with the help of make-up.
The internet is famous for perpetuating things like, “How to look 20 years younger in 30 days,” and “How to look younger without surgery,” etc.
People are also known to do the following things with the intention of looking younger:
- Make their lips look fuller via lip augment surgery.
- Undergo a facelift to appear younger-looking.
- Dye their hair; which hides the appearance of any grey hairs on their head.
- Utilize creams that hide the appearance of stretch marks.
Apparently, some people will make bodily alterations with the intention of looking younger.
Why is it that a lot of middle-aged people are obsessed with looking younger?
Here is a funny saying about middle-aged people:
“Caution ― 50-year-old; may make sudden desperate attempts to appear sexy, youthful and important.” ― Unknown.
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
There Is An Old Quote That Describes Ageing
“Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.” ― Victor Hugo
So, do you consider yourself to be young or old?
Is Middle Age Awkward?
“Life begins at 40, but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times.” ― Helen Rowland
Middle Age Is The Best Part Of One’s Life
“Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
The Middle Age Crisis Issue
I call it, “Middle age fantasies.”
Everyone will not experience that.
This so-called midlife crisis is a transition of one’s identity or self-confidence (This takes place somewhere between 35-years-of-age to 50-years-of-age).
The joke is usually about the middle-aged person:
- Becoming outrageous.
- Indulging in extramarital relationships.
- Becoming extravagant.
- Making rash decisions.
- Ignoring job opportunities.
- Being worried about their physical appearance.
- Doubting their sexual prowess.
If you think that you are having any of those problems, approach a professional psychologist for advice.
The Take-Home Message
“I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.” ― Francis Bacon
Accept the ageing process and stop chasing the ‘make-up man’.
Middle age is a polite way of reminding you that you are becoming old!
“Grow old with me. The best is yet to be.” ― Robert Browning
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About the guest author:
Dr. Sridhar is the man behind Philosophy Through Photography.
This deep thinker from India wears many hats; he is a physician, a blogger, a philosopher and an amateur photographer.