I can’t believe it, but it’s finally happened. I’ve finally gotten old. I know, it sounds crazy to say and for some even worse to admit, but I’ve officially become old. I can’t tell you exactly when it happened, to be honest, and maybe that’s also a sign of old age, but it has. I’ll explain here briefly.
During this last camping trip a couple of weeks ago, I found that I really had no energy to go hike or explore the camping area. Granted, it was raining just about half or more than half the time we were there and I just didn’t want to bother with wet clothes, etc, I was just really too tired to do anything anyway. I just wanted to sit and relax. What the hell, right? Another thing, I’ve become one of those people to refer to people between the ages of 18-25 as kids. Legally, they are adults, but let’s face it; most of them don’t know a thing about life. No offense to those who read this who are in this age group. I was there in that age group 13 years ago, but looking back, until I reached around the age of 26 or so, I still really didn’t get it. I thought that I understood, but looking back I know I didn’t. Lastly, two of my favorite films have helped shed light that yes, in fact, I am now old. Those two films are Hot Tub Time Machine and Grandma’s Boy. Fine American cinema, as you probably already know! L O L!!!! But for as raunchy and silly of comedies that they are, they both deal with “people of a certain age” which is really anything older than 29 and living life after that stage. For example, in Hot Tub Time Machine, the group of friends travel through time in a hot tub (hence the name of the film. Clever, right?!), yet until one of them sees their reflection in the mirror they all think that they are living life as guys in their late 30s/early 40s. When they still don’t know they are young again (spoilers) they all notice the fact they feel great and full of energy, etc. It’s a hilarious film, well to me it is, and even though that one scene when they say that they feel great, fantastic, etc. I laughed then but it really didn’t register until recently that when you get older you start to feel it. I look at it now with different eyes and wish that I could have those youthful feelings again too.
Yesterday, while preparing dinner, I decided to put on Grandma’s Boy just to have background noise for me to laugh to. That silly movie is still funny to me, but for the first time yesterday it made me feel old. I didn’t feel old because I understood all the video game references in it or that I was in my mid 20s when that movie came out and it felt relevant to me… no, I felt old because the main character gets teased for being 35 and working as a video game tester with a bunch of 18-25 year old kids. All of a sudden I went from laughing at some of the insults to saying “Holy SMOKES! I’m freakin’ older than this dude is in the movie! I’m 3 months shy of 38!! This dude was only 35 and they were just calling him “old man”! No way!!!” Well, even that that said, I finished out the movie and still laughed, but it really had me thinking the whole time if that’s what kids think of me.
I don’t feel like I’m elderly yet though! Let me make that clear! I still have some youthful energy in me, but young? Those days have passed my friends. I had my moment in the sun. I think I missed it, actually, but apparently it was there. I’ve become a man who really doesn’t fit in. I’m not young by any means, but at the same time I’m not old either. What a weird phase to have entered into.