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Oh My God!

I thought I was getting old now I have *proof*

     
10:29 am on Jun 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It's happened, without any warning.

Last night I was stood at the counter with my girlfriend ordering haddock and chips, twice. A seemingly innocuous moment. Until she calmly pointed out, without so much as a second thought, that she "thought she saw a grey hair". Sounding like some kind of sick joke (I'm 27) my pride reared up around me. I tried to laughing it off telling her not to be so bloody silly. Seeing my reaction she had no choice, within seconds she attacked the incriminating folicle and with a painful tweek she presents me with my first taste of middle age...

Sure enough, clasped between my finger tips, was a perfectly formed grey hair, basking in smug glory.

"Ha Ha" it jerked in a simpsonesque manner.

I have no retort, no weapon, the evidence was there laughing at me. I AM getting old.

I'm now fearful of other changes that occur without warning. I conceed that I'm going to start to experience similar moments. Is there any parachute advice you can give to ease those on the verge into the onset midlife? Or will it all come as a shock at the chippy?

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Is there any parachute advice you can give to ease those on the verge into the onset midlife?

Don't worry! It only makes your hair go gray.

Use chairs with armrests. They're usually softer and always harder to fall out of.

Can I have your dealers name? ;)

11:53 am on June 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If I were you, I'd ask the girlfriend to kindly stop removing the grey hairs, or you'll end up with no hair at all, too quickly.... ;)

At 53, I'll keep singing, "Hope I die before I get old", just as strong as I did when the Who record first came out! :)
Don't let it get you down, it's only castles burning......

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You know that you are getting old when:
If you are a man and pretty young women start holding doors open for you
or if you are a women and handsome young men stop holding doors open for you.
4:44 pm on June 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Among other things, I developed a "sittin' down" noise and a "standin' up" noise.
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I started going grey a few years ago too. I'm only 29! What makes me feel old though is that date night for my hubby and I now just consists of dinner and a movie whereas when I was "young", that was just the beginning of the date!
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Hey, Limbo, I had my first grey hairs at the age of eleven/twelve.

Twenty eight years on I have a lot of grey hair - about 80/90 per cent - and no desire to use Grecian 2005... Additionally, I have hair...;-)

Invariably people with grey hair do not go bald. Anyway, it's irrelevent... Consider the grey hair as a mark of some wisdom yet to be understood...(although in your case it could take a couple of decades...)

;-)

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Invariably people with grey hair do not go bald.

I agree with that - but in reverse! I'm 32 and have no gray hairs, but I went completely bald on top at the age of 22, within a period of 2 months. It rather surprised my university friends at the time, but I've always been pretty relaxed about it. It's as they say, getting old is better than the alternative... ;)

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Apparently oily fish batter can give you grey hairs.

Give up the chippy and you will be fine.

6:08 am on June 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I knew I was getting older when I went and bought a snew stereo,

Asking for it to be able to play vinyl the saturday sales asst asked 'you mean teh old fashioned records;.

It was a strange feeling, like being shook that ran through my body and for the first time I realised that yes I am getting older.

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I never used to have to shave my nose before. -Larry
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Hey! What's the MATTER with you all? :-)

Growing old is not really so bad when you consider the alternative...

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Among other things, I developed a "sittin' down" noise and a "standin' up" noise. ;)

The term "old f@rt" may have its origins in the "just sitting" noises.

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Hey! What's the MATTER with you all? :-)

DebbieKing, the most amazing thing is that they're not even in their mid-thirties ;)

I'm 27 here and shave my head (3mm) every couple of month so even if I had grey hair I wouldn't no about it :)

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Cheers folks, very reassuring.

If I were you, I'd ask the girlfriend to kindly stop removing the grey hairs, or you'll end up with no hair at all, too quickly....

LOL, This has already become evident. She's found 6 more since then, she says it's her new hobby cos she knows it winds me up!

Among other things, I developed a "sittin' down" noise and a "standin' up" noise.

This is creeping into my daily life too. Hmmmmmmn maybe all this wisdom from having grey hair weighs more?

Invariably people with grey hair do not go bald

If you knew me you'd know that it is very unlikely I'm going to go bald - I seem to be gathering more hair.....

I never used to have to shave my nose before.

I've noticed an increase here - so in going grey others begin to protrude from areas once hairless (thankfully it hasn't reached my ears yet). So whats the best method? tweezers are soooo painful! You use a trimmer or skissors?

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Invariably people with grey hair do not go bald. Anyway, it's irrelevent... Consider the grey hair as a mark of some wisdom yet to be understood...(although in your case it could take a couple of decades...)

Sadly not true in my case.
I got my first grey hair at 18 and now at 33 have a respectable bald patch to go with a salt and pepper hair colour.

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I never used to have to shave my nose before.

The inside or the outside?

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At age 49, and having raised three kids through to adulthood, I can truly say that I earned everyone of those gray hairs. Battle scars.
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Atleast you have a fullhead of thick hair ...i would anytime take grey hair for thinning hair and yes i am yet to hit 30 :)
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Is there any parachute advice you can give to ease those on the verge into the onset midlife?

Grecian Formula 16, and start yelling at kids to get out of your yard. It really DOES make you feel better.

:D

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Yes, I'm 28, and the gray hair has been going on for a few years. At first, it was okay. They'd pop up here and there, I'd yank them out. Then I was yanking out hairs every day. Now it's hopeless.

I had a dream where I was pulling my fingers out of their sockets. It was okay, it didn't hurt. But I was worried because I was running out of fingers.

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no one warns you about the weird appearance of hair where there warent none before... you'd think by 19 you'd have grown it all, but then in your late 20s you start noticing strays ...

When I started working in the www, I was always the youngest person in the office. Now, I'm working alongside kids who were born the same year I graduated from University.

One realization of age came when I went to see the Psychadelic Furs in Toronto. I looked around the room and thought ha! what a bunch of old farts out to see an 80s band. Then I realized, hey they're probably all the same age as me. Boy did I feel it.

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just wait till your first pube goes grey... :(
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Wait till hairs start growing out of your ears. Yuk, grey pube! Does that really happen?

I am getting a grey beard(34 years old),loads of grey hairs and a big beer gut. Bring it on!

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Grey hair does not confine itself to your head...

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I once went out with a group of workmates (about 8 of us) and we were on about different historical milestones.

So I said "yeah, it's a bit like when Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon in July 1969, everyone knows what they were doing at the time they heard the news".

There was a long silence... and I realised then that not only were none of them old enough to actually remember, none of them were even ALIVE in 1969.

It made me feel ancient (and I'm only 44 now)

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I think certain "rites of passage" indicate, or should I say legitimize, signs of aging. I'm going through them in a fairly traditional order: school, career, marriage, kid(s)... next will come buying a house (soon!), middle age, knighthood, retirement...

Those landmarks say yes you are aging but it's all part of a natural progression. I have some friends who get really anxious that they're developing grey hair already but they haven't done this or that; the realization of "OMG, I'm 36 but I still don't know what I want to do with my life" or "I have grey hair but I'm not married yet".

There are very few times when I wish I was younger, or that I regret the physical signs of aging. Most often I'm comfortable being the age I am. It gives me a healthy sense of chronology which fosters respect for my own elders.

BTW, there is nothing shameful about dying your hair to cover grey. While you're at it, do something unconventional (like "electric blue") or get yourself some unusual facial piercings. :)

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I AM getting old.

Here's the bad news, limbo - everyone under the age of 20 ALREADY thinks you're old. The good news - everyone over the age of 40 thinks you're young! The numbers are still in your favor.

But sorry to hear about your shock. I got my first one at the ripe old age of 21, I still remember it. I'm 34 now and my hair gets colored regularly: )

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"You know you're getting old when you realize... your doctor, lawyer, and pastor are all younger than you."

I realized I was getting old when they stopped "carding" me at the liquor store :(

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if you are a women and handsome young men stop holding doors open for you.

Heh, guess I am still that eternal 29. I still have doors being opened for me.

Limbo, I dated a guy when I was a SR in high school, that was almost totally grey. He was 19. So, don't feel so bad about a few of them.

I find grey hair and baldness extremly sexy. Just because there is snow on the chimney, doesn't mean that there isn't a fire in the fireplace. ;)

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