There are things I expected as I aged – wrinkles, graying, etc. Other things were complete surprises.
Eating habits – The amount of food I eat has dropped considerably. I don’t buy apples or oranges in bags anymore because they rot before I eat them. I used to eat 8 pounds of oranges in a week no sweat. Same for most other fruits. It’s not just me. The beloved husband eats a lot less than he used to. Our activity level didn’t drop. Just our food intake. Oddly we haven’t felt the need to eat an early bird dinner yet. Perhaps next year.
Reading time is nap time – When I worked I had trouble reading late in the evening. I figured it was because I worked all day and was tired. Now I have trouble reading in the afternoon.
Picking up a book at 3 p.m. is a sure sign I’ll be fast asleep shortly. I still can’t read at night. I have two short windows to read, in the morning (who reads in the morning?) and right before dinner.
Noise rage – My tolerance for noise has gone south (probably with my hearing). Yesterday I was on (phone) hold for a while. The music was classical but not soothing classical. It was choppy and annoying. I had to hang up or risk being cranky.
I was in back of an “old souped-up Dodge” this morning in the Starbucks drive-through. For ten minutes I listened to his motor chugging like a 747. He felt the need to occasionally gas it. I was feeling the need to drive into him and smash it to bits.
I’m in an eternal search for quiet restaurants. It’s not cool. When I was young I liked fun noisy bars with lots of people. Now I prefer to hear what someone is saying and not a lot of them either. The less people the better!
There are a few other surprises but I’ll save them for another time.
Perhaps you would like to share your biggest surprise.