10 Unexpected Signs of Aging

We’re not getting any younger. The wrinkles on our faces and greying hair offer us daily reminders of our inevitable aging. 

However, some signs of aging aren’t so obvious. A recent Ask Reddit thread had users discussing the more subtle signs of aging. I think we can all relate to these!

Turning the Music Down to See Where You’re Going

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When we were young, we drove with the music blasting without a care in the world. Now that we’re older, that pesky radio gets in the way of us seeing where we’re going. 

If you’ve ever turned the music down to focus on finding an address, you can probably relate. 

Time Flies

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Why does time seem to move faster as we age? One day, we look in the mirror and realize 20 years have passed. How does that happen?

Easily Annoyed

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It’s harder to let minor conveniences roll off our shoulders as we age. Maybe this is why grumpy old folks get mad when kids walk on their grass. 

It Gets Late Earlier

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Remember when you used to stay up past midnight every night, then get up and go to work without a problem? Midnight now seems like the wee hours of morn as we insist on going to bed earlier and earlier. 

9 pm is now late.

30 Years Ago Was When??

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As we age, our perception of time changes. You can’t convince people that the 90s were 30 years ago – the 70s were 30s years ago, and the 90s just ended!

Can’t Relate to Younger Generations

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Older folks are constantly complaining about “Kids these Days.” Maybe they have a point. As we get older, we forget what it’s like to be young and can no longer relate to the challenges younger people face. 

Everything Hurts

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As we age, our body becomes less forgiving. One wrong move can injure our backs for days, and we often don’t even know why something hurts. Random pain is one of those things we have to deal with as we age. 

Gardening is…Fun?

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Why do older folks love gardening? As it turns out, many of us find unexpected comfort in plants as we grow older. Where we used to spend time at the movies and shopping malls, you can now find us in gardening centers. 

Prefer Solitude

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When we’re in our teens and twenties, we’re constantly surrounded by groups of friends. These friend groups fall apart as we age, but we realize we don’t miss them that much. We prefer to spend the majority of our time alone. 


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Nostalgia used to lack meaning, but as we age and find comfort in the joys of our childhood, we understand how impactful it is. 

We get desperate to relive the best times, so we buy old-school video game consoles and rewatch the old shows we used to love. 

Aging Isn’t All Bad

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Though some signs of aging are annoying, as these Reddit users pointed out, growing older has perks. We no longer care what people think, and many of us have the financial security to do whatever we want. 

So enjoy getting older, despite the drawbacks!