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Am I the only one that's afraid of being old?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by colours, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. colours

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    I mean like, senior citizen old. Although to be honest, I genuinely can't imagine how my future self would look by the time I'm like...35-40 or something. @__@
     
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    hhH.
    i’m not scared of being old itself tbh, it’s the limitations that being old brings that i’m more afraid of ;^;
    but yea i can’t imagine myself at that age :P
     
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    That's actually not an uncommon fear and it will ease as you get older. The best thing you can do is try to find some positives and try to stay physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy. IT can also help to deal with why you are afraid. Dealing with the root cause will more than likely help you overcome the fear and come to peace with it.

    That's just my opinion though.
     
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    No. You are not the only one. I'm already afraid of getting old and I'm, like, not even old. But I feel it coming along already, like a ghost of inescapable slow decay of my body, terrified that one day it will catch up with me; inevitable yet unexpected when it grabs me by the shoulder to breathe down my neck. I'm healthier now that I've been in 1.5 years, but still I feel my ankles crackling, my teeth aching, my digestion and heart protesting, my muscles surrendering, my mind slipping. It terrifies me with literal mortal fear every time one of these symptoms reminds me of the ghost that's always around, always knocking on my door, waiting for the day it forces itself in. I shudder to think of how this fear might magnify as I do approach actual old age, not just not-in-high-school-any-more age. I can only hope that rather than growing, it shrinks, that it is more fearsome with less knowledge, and as it approaches, I might grow less afraid.

    So no, you are not the only one.
     
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    I can't say I'm particularly afraid of being old, because it is very unlikely I will live to see 40. I am afraid of a lot of things, but hypothetical scenarios that are unlikely to happen I can't really spend my time on, because if I did I would probably die from the anxiety. If I live to see 35 or so, then maybe I'll start worrying about getting old and what that could mean for me...although I suppose I have an advantage here, as being in poor health and highly limited in my abilities for my entire life, I can't imagine how things could get much worse than what I have already experienced...I have very little to lose in this department.

    If I were to be afraid of anything, it would be a lasting dissatisfaction with my life. A slow, futile death - just existing, rather than actually living - is far more terrifying to me than growing old.
     
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    It used to be that as I imagined every old person suffering from like a gazillion health problems and I don't want to fall into that category. :<
     
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    Your are definitely not the only one that is afraid of getting old, all the old people that I know get on other people's nerves and just growing up overall sounds boring.
     
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    I'm not afraid of being old, but what I am afraid of, is becoming an adult. I'm only 16 and the thought of me becoming an adult kindof scares me.
     
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    Are you kidding? I'm already so mentally old at this point that it isn't even a conce-
    ...oh, that's what you meant.

    As silly as this may sound, I don't plan on being alive that long. I'd be very surprised if I made it that far, at this point in my life - even though I'm already halfway there.
    I don't know if I'll have any big health issues by then, because at this point in my life I'm borderline obsessed with the thought of never wanting to stop moving (I view sleep as an inconvenience). But I really don't care enough to start fretting about that right now.
     
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    Imagine what the world would be like once we're all old people. u.u
     
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    I try not to. It's one of my bigger fears.
     
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    yeaaahhh now that I mention it, I'm not going to try thinking about that either LOL
     
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    I'm not afraid of getting old - actually, if I'm afraid of anything, it's dying, but that's not what you're asking. Being old . . . just seems like something that happens, and honestly, if it means I'm not talked down to and that I can actually make my own choices, I'm all for it. Adulthood is something I'm literally desperate for. I think that every moment of your life has downsides, no matter the age. When you're a baby, you can barely walk or talk. When you're a toddler, you can't read. When you're a kid, everyone talks down to you. When you're a teen, you're bossed around, categorized, and studied like a number and not a human being. Adulthood brings taxes and memory loss. Old age brings disease, injury, and certain death (in general, death is only a possibility before this point). Every year is stepping from the frying pan and into the fire. Right now, I'd much prefer filling out some forms or going to the doctor a little more often to being a literal nobody that thinks completely differently than anyone older than me thinks I think. (want me to rant further? I can.)
     
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    I honestly thought memory loss was associated more with senior citizens than being in your 20s+30s. =o
     
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    Not particularly, but as a Christian I take comfort in the fact that this body is just a temporary shell that will be reformed in a perfected state when I am resurrected. Getting old just means I'm that much closer to that glorious goal. ^_^

    No, memory loss in various ways, including Alzheimer's, can occur at any age.
     
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    ^ That

    I associate memory loss with beginning at around 40 years, but it's obviously quite flexible depending on the person
     
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    Growing older is one of my hugest fears, I'm already in my late 20s.
    But for me, it's a fear because I'm behind everyone else my age in life.
     
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    I think the biggest reason why I'm afraid more than anything else is because I don't know if I'll still be healthy or in a wheelchair or something, and I just generally am completely unaware of what my own well-being would be like. Granted, there are plenty of healthy as heck old people out there that aren't like this, and if anything I hope I turn out ok, but the thought still makes me rather nervous.
     
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    Being 30-40 is not much bad but 50 onwards, yes I'm afraid. Health problems and like being able to do mostly nothing is just bad.
     
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    Don't really care to be honest. Life happens, age happens.
    Just as long as I still act like me. Getting old is just a life process.

    It's the same with a fear of dying.
    I used to fear it, now I don't.
    Same deal with age.
     
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