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Old November 21 2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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Older people - How do you define 'young'

Do you have some kind of date where you define someone as a young person (not a sexual thing, just 'hey, you're too young'). I'm 45, and when I was younger it was if they were alive before Star Wars came out. Later I advanced that to 1984, or more of less when the Kenny Loggins/Steve Perry song 'Don't Fight It' came out. Now it's 1990, when I graduated college. Does anyone else have an old/young Mendoza line?
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Old November 21 2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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First, how do you define old(er)?
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Old November 21 2013, 04:41 PM   #3
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^^ That's changed over the years too. When I was a kid I thought 40 was ancient, but that 'old line' has blurred and it's harder to define what is old. Probably because I'm headed that way and don't really want to face it. I guess I'll say old is an age where they need assistance to take care of themselves.
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Old November 21 2013, 05:50 PM   #4
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First, how do you define old(er)?

This. I think I was 25 when an 18 year old college classmate declared I was old. By contrast, when I was a teenager I seemed to meet gobs of people in their 40s who were still really youthful. It's all relative.
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Old November 21 2013, 05:52 PM   #5
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When I was younger, I was old. Now that I'm older, I'm young.
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Old November 21 2013, 08:59 PM   #6
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I am 28, and for the most part I consider anyone 21 and below to be "young," but that might just be because I work in a bar and 21-year olds are incredibly immature drinkers.
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Old November 21 2013, 09:37 PM   #7
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I'm 33 and sometimes feel old...
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Old November 21 2013, 09:38 PM   #8
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Do you have some kind of date where you define someone as a young person (not a sexual thing, just 'hey, you're too young').
It must be somewhat of a sexual thing. It was interesting how in the decade between 20 and 30, the 18-25 year old girls suddenly became less attractive because they were too young looking.
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Old November 21 2013, 09:39 PM   #9
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I guess I'll say old is an age where they need assistance to take care of themselves.
Quite a few of my students would be old going by this.
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Old November 21 2013, 10:07 PM   #10
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Re: Older people - How do you define 'young'

I'm 33, and for myself, I feel I am at middle age, just shy of "old." To me, if you are under 30, you are "young." If you are between 30 and 40, you are still young-ish. To be honest, I consider 75+ to be old, I just don't think I'm ever getting there, so for me, 33 is bordering on old.
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Old November 21 2013, 10:17 PM   #11
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You might be surprised, J.
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Old November 21 2013, 10:20 PM   #12
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You might be surprised, J.
If my past fortunes are any indication, I doubt it. I used to see life as a mystery, an opportunity to explore what it means to be alive. I wanted to go places I had never been before, and learn great things, to be a part of something wonderful. Now I see it as a dread progression of days in which tedium has claimed any joy I once had. It's all uphill, every moment is a struggle for relevance, and that when I die, I will be alone and forgotten. That last one only bothers me for a moment, as once I'm dead, it won't matter anymore. This is how I see "old" and "young." I will be forever old, until I am dead. Then it won't matter anymore. I'm pretty sure I'll be dead before I ever get the chance to actually live.
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Old November 21 2013, 10:29 PM   #13
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I'm pretty sure I'll be dead before I ever get the chance to actually live.
I'm sure that attitude is helping.
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Old November 21 2013, 10:31 PM   #14
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I'm pretty sure I'll be dead before I ever get the chance to actually live.
I'm sure that attitude is helping.
I get what you're saying, but in this case, a happy attitude just makes that confining cage a gilded one. I'll still be completely aware that I'm trapped.
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Old November 21 2013, 10:33 PM   #15
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Too vague for me to offer any real advice.
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