Let me explain that I had some other things to do on Wednesday and needed to knock off a quick and dirty blog post – something that takes no time and doesn't stretch brain cells.
In this circumstance, I've discovered I can always rely on Buzzfeed – that internet purveyor of listicles on every possible, stupid, pop culture meme that amuse young folks and leave old folks scratching their heads.
Continuing in this direction requires that I admit to actually reading those listicles on every possible, stupid, pop culture meme that show up in the daily Buzzfeed email I subscribed to a while back without any coercion whatsoever. Eeek. Now you know.
Over the decade I've been doing this blog, I've read dozens of posts by 20-somethings freaking out at the imminent arrival of their 30th birthday. “I'll be old,” they cry, which tells you something about how our culture brainwashes young people about aging but also, from where I sit at age 72, seems silly to be bothered with.
Yesterday, Buzzfeed ran with the 30th birthday panic idea in a listicle titled, 30 Signs You're Almost 30. A few examples:
• You get carded, and your first instinct is, “AWESOME.”
• Instead of drunken party photos, your Facebook friends are all about the baby pics.
• You have been to a party where at least two of your friends brought their babies.
• You realize your parents were your age (or younger!) when they had you, and you start cutting them some major slack.
Which all seem to be normal rites of passage at about age 30. What surprised me, however, is how almost all the rest work as much for 69- and 79-year-olds as for 29-year-olds. Here are some of them:
• You get super excited when you go to a concert and there are SEATS.
• You’ve gone to a bar and left because it was too loud.
• Everything cool is being marketed to people younger than you now.
• You’ve definitely lost the enzyme that lets you digest Taco Bell.
• There’s an increasing number of musical artists you haven’t even heard of.
• Running hurts your knees. The elliptical hurts your knees. Everything hurts.
• Teen slang makes you viscerally angry.
• You voluntarily buy the “fiber” cereal.
• You start buying shoes based on “comfort.”
• An 11-year-old has to show you how to do something on your smartphone.
See what I mean? Young adults and elders have a whole lot in common we didn't even realize. Buzzfeed has the entire listicle with the photos and moving gifs.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Riverwatch: Summer Afternoon in Ohio