Middle Age

“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 

Thank you.

Namaste. 🙏🙏🙏

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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.

Published by philosophy through photography

My philosophy is: Life is hard, but God is good. Try not to confuse the two. Anne F. Beiler

42 thoughts on “Middle Age

  1. Dear Dr Sridhar, there is a joke about the different ages of women: first she is a baby, then a little girl, then a teenager, then a young woman, then a young woman, then a young woman, then a young woman… Then they take her out in a coffin.
    Jokes aside, I don’t know what middle age is, and I am too busy to think about it. I think the secret is not in make-up and plastic surgery, but in one’s heart and in keeping busy. My great-grandmother, who lived to be 94, always said that a lady has to choose an age she is most comfortable with and stay with it for the rest of her life. To follow that, I insist on being 18!

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  2. Yup! I don’t remember who said this originally, but a favorite quotation of mine is,

    > We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do.

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  3. our society is abscessed with perfection and it doesn’t see becoming older and wiser as a positive thing because its focus is on the exterior of the people…Personally I would love to get old…it’s beautiful and natural

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  4. Excellent post, my friend! I think of ageing as – it is what it is and worrying about it surely doesn’t help.

    “It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.” ∼Andy Rooney

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  5. Another fabulous blog post Dr. Sridhar I never thought I’d ever reach ‘Middle Age’. In fact at 50 years old I was almost killed by my then Fiance who became my Ex after his assault on me. It scared me to my core I can tell you. And he did alot of damage to me physically (& mentally). It is now 14 1/2 years later & I am now 65 & I am so grateful to be alive that I do not mind “Middle Age'” at all.
    I have seen so many people trying to ‘doge’ Middle Age & I feel sorry for them. I am just happy to be alive…sure I am 30 pound overweight & I have white thru out my long blonde hair & I have laugh lines & some frown lines!
    And I am ALIVE!!! I am one of the luckiest people ever to reach Middle Age….
    Thank you again for a wonderful post.
    Sincerely, Sherri-Ellen

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    1. Thank you Sherri-Ellen.
      Nothing like accepting middle age and just move on.
      It’s a waste of time competing with youngsters.

      Your words are true wisdom and reverberating in the ears
      “I am ALIVE!!! I am one of the luckiest people ever to reach Middle Age….”

      What else once can demand from the Almighty?

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  6. This sounds like one of my grandmother. She’s around 60. She did microblading, and is taking meds to make her skin a little bit fairer. Love her.

    Now, I am thinking if I would be like her when I turned 50.

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  7. My 40s are pretty good, but I could do without the failing eyesight bit. I haven’t had to wear glasses since I got LASIK 15+ years ago…and now I have readers stashed in every corner of the house…and still can’t remember where I put them, lol.

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  8. Well, I’m 40 and when my birth day was coming I was (kind of) in panic. I didn’t fancy to turn 30 either but it was still nothing like this. By turning 30 I soon learned to realize I was still young. Now I can’t make my mind to think that I’m young even I really tryed…(or then the learning process is longer…)

    I loved that youth years passion. I wish I could get it back! I felt so alive those days! I don’t feel that way anymore. Even it’s good in a way be calmed down…

    Well, I think it gets easier with time when I get use to be 40 something instead of 30 something…but when I do I probably already am almost 50…

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    1. Thank you so much Dancing Mary.
      Glad my post resonated with your thoughts and feelings about ‘ Middle Age’.
      True what they say ‘ Age catches us too fast’
      But Life always assures us best and we do develope confidence.

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