You know you are getting old when...

@Fleura (7198)
United Kingdom
June 19, 2016 12:14am CST
When people comment that you can get down on the floor without difficulty! Yesterday morning I went on a short resuscitation course (more about that later). As part of that we went over the usual things about assessing a casualty, CPR, putting them into the recovery position etc., and of course then there was the call for a volunteer to be the 'body'. Silence from the dozen people sitting in the semi-circle, so I said 'Oh I don't mind lying on the floor' and I went ahead to play dead and be rolled around by several of the other people on the course. A bit later we split into smaller groups to practice CPR and while waiting for our turn one person commented 'You got down on the floor easily enough didn't you?' I didn't know what to say. Of course I did, and up again; I never gave it a second thought. But now I feel awfully old. I mean no-one ever comments to a young person that they can do that easily so obviously I look old enough that people expect it to be a problem. Now I keep assessing myself - every time I do something like bend down to pick something off the floor I'm thinking 'Yes I can still do that'. This is just making me feel like I'm way over the hill.
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@Shiva49 (12560)
• Singapore
19 Jun 16
Some words linger and make us ponder. We are young as long as we are fit and independent - siva
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
19 Jun 16
Yes people maybe don't realise that a brief comment can make you re-evaluate yourself!
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• India
19 Jun 16
ya always.
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@TheHorse (63544)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
@Fleura I do this sometimes. If someone says "You've gotten better on the bass!" I think, "Wait. Was I bad last year when we jammed together?" I don't say it, though.
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@TRBRocks420 (75351)
• Banks, Oregon
19 Jun 16
No you're not over the hill until it's hard to get up.
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• India
19 Jun 16
cool
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
19 Jun 16
I already know that I am getting old so it would not matter in my case.
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
19 Jun 16
I guess I'm just in denial.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
19 Jun 16
@Fleura You sound as though you are swimming in an Egyptian river.
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
19 Jun 16
@Asylum swimming against the tide anyway.
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@TheHorse (63544)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
Heh. I was working with a two-year-old, and I heard him grunt when he got up from a cris-cross-apple sauce (I think we used to call it Indian Style) position. I realized he was "modeling" (imitating) me!
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
20 Jun 16
That's funny! I have found myself doing that too, and I wondered at what age it started. But in the end I concluded that it's more about the fat around my middle that causes the expulsion of air when I bend, rather than age!
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@TheHorse (63544)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
@Fleura I just grunt because my lower back hurts a bit.
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@LadyDuck (151615)
• Switzerland
19 Jun 16
That was a pretty rude comment, involuntary, but rude anyway.
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
19 Jun 16
I don't think they meant to be rude, perhaps even intended a compliment, but it's just made me feel like I must appear really old!
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@LadyDuck (151615)
• Switzerland
20 Jun 16
@Fleura We are not old if we do not feel old.
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• India
19 Jun 16
Every day our Body is getting old. But not our mind. If you think you are old then it will have an impact in your body but if you think you are still young by heart and mind you will be possible to anything - its my view.
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
19 Jun 16
Thank you, I hope you are right, I will try it anyway!
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• India
19 Jun 16
@Fleura ya sure, try it
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@DianneN (76062)
• United States
23 Jun 16
If you can get down and up without difficulty, you are not over the hill - yet! I enjoyed my CPR courses, but never had to use them, thank goodness!
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
23 Jun 16
yes I don't think I want to use them!
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@jaboUK (53528)
• United Kingdom
20 Jun 16
The person who made that remark obviously had problems getting down on the floor herself. Personally I find it harder to get up
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
20 Jun 16
Yes I think that comes first in most cases. I'm going to be practicing now!
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Jun 16
lol be glad if I get d own on the floor I have an awful time getting up because of a bad left foot and bad right knee so lol but then im 89 lol. so I guess its okay lol.,
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
19 Jun 16
Sounds like you are doing fantastically well; you see if I was 89 and they made the same comment I'd probably be pleased, but I'm only 48!
@pgntwo (21630)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
19 Jun 16
Wouldn't it be nice to forget about the law of gravity now and then? :)
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
19 Jun 16
Oh I don't know, it certainly has its uses!
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@JudyEv (121012)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jun 16
I can get down on the floor okay but the getting up takes a little more thought and effort. :)
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
19 Jun 16
Now I'm evaluating everything I do to see if I can still do it!
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• United States
19 Jun 16
Ah! I hope they truly meant well by it. I guess they were just taken by surprise. It doesn't matter how old you are anyway, it's about taking care of your body.
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@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
19 Jun 16
I expect they meant well. Just the fact that they were surprised though means that I must look old!
@SIMPLYD (78586)
• Philippines
20 Jun 16
Yes, sometimes words like this can indeed make us think we really are old already . It's no denying we look like one already , but we have to accept it .
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