A golden year question.

United States
January 26, 2007 9:29pm CST
Why as we age, is it called the golden years? Shouldn't it be the tarnished years?
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
27 Jan 07
Golden years are the final stage of our life when normally we can sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labors. However, nowadays we seem to be working into those years and retirements are not what they used to be and Social Security is always a big question. We end up frayed around the edges and perhaps we could then be viewed as tarnished. Interesting thing to think about M&M!
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• United States
27 Jan 07
Thanks willowlady. I love reading your comments.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
27 Jan 07
Can appreciate your thoughts in return my friend!!
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• United States
27 Jan 07
Thank you dear. Have an awesome day.
• United States
27 Jan 07
I guess it's all on how you look at it. Why would it be called tarnished? I think most people would call it golden due to retiring...and such no?
• United States
27 Jan 07
I call it tarnished, as we fall apart and have no money to live on.
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@dana234 (2116)
• Spain
27 Jan 07
As far as I know it´s referred to as golden years, because in conventional terms you´re retiring from work. Less stress, no kids in the house to look after, more free time, in short: finally liberty. If you´ve lived that sort of life, I guess that some people might call these years "golden". (I know a couple who does). I agree more with "tarnished", lol.
• United States
27 Jan 07
Thank you dear, I think they are tarnished too. Most older people have pain and finacial problems, and are alone.
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• United States
27 Jan 07
Absolutely not. To me they are wonderful.
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• United States
27 Jan 07
I am so happy to hear that. How come you feel like that?
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
2 Feb 07
No way. Stop that thinking right now..lol I think of my older years as the best ever. Every moment is golden. Rub off that tarnish and polish those years up with happiness, health and unlimited joy.
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@stateroad (731)
• United States
6 Feb 07
Oh wow that made me laugh. Golden years what is that. I never understood why they called them the GOLDEN years. For me I am living life with a chronic illness, I need to take medication that only treats it does not cure it and it makes me sick. Also no job, no money, minimal health insurance. What is gold about any of that. I here the golden year thing a lot so from now on I am going to start telling people about the tarnished years. I bet anyone who hears that will laugh just like I did. Thanks for making my day and making me smile.
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• United States
6 Feb 07
You are a dear. I pray you will feel better dear, I really do. Blessings, M&M
@stonehr (818)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
27 Jan 07
It should be golden years... Since we are wiser as we are oldier. I can also say this can be named the best years.. :)
• United States
27 Jan 07
Not our best, as the body doens't say so. Good opinion though.
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@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
27 Jan 07
I really don't know Margie It could be because we become wiser, we have seen the World Change, we have experience in a lot of things I really don't know
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• United States
27 Jan 07
Good point dear ,good point.
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@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
27 Jan 07
I don't really know why they call it the golden years but I like the term the tarnished years. I find personally as I get older and I think of all that I wanted to accomplish when I was young I and I haven't done it, how can I be even getting close to my golden years. What was it the girls in that TV show the Golden Girls had that made them living in the golden years. Maybe it was they where so care free.
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• United States
27 Jan 07
I wish I was carefree, instead of haveing pains and financial problems. So I think that they are tarnished years. :)
@14missy (3185)
• Australia
27 Jan 07
I agree that you are funny! Some people seem to live tarnished years when they are quite young, while some older people are quite elegant and refined in these years. I think that's the meaning behind 'golden' years.
• United States
27 Jan 07
Thanks dear. I really wonder, as they are tarnished for me.
@marciascott (25555)
• United States
27 Jan 07
Hahahahahahaa that's funny! Did you have a nice Birthday? You only as old as you feel.
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• United States
27 Jan 07
When I get out of bed, and my mind says, "you are young" and my body is stiff and hurts, it says otherwise. I cried a lot on my birthday this year, but thanks for asking.
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
27 Jan 07
That is funny. I got a good chuckle out of that one. Maybe they call it that because they are comparing it to the end of a day. The sunsets are golden, hence, golden years. I have no idea,,,,I am still laughing.
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• United States
27 Jan 07
Glad you got a laugh. It's just that when we age, most of us that is, we have so many health issues and financial problems that it is not Golden.
@seabreeze (661)
• China
27 Jan 07
If you see sunshine of the world,you will realize that age is golden years!If you see cloudiness of the world,you will realize that age is tarnished years! 10314 discussion!you are king!
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• United States
27 Jan 07
Your attitude is right, but the body doesn't agree my young friend. Nor do finances help.
• United States
27 Jan 07
I have heard so many older people curse the words golden years. People that came into the store I worked at would tell me to live it up while I can because the golden years suck.
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• United States
27 Jan 07
They gave you good advise. Sorry to say, but most of the time it is the tarnished years.
@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
27 Jan 07
You are too funny! I've never heard this before!! I like to think that all of the stuff we have to go through getting us to retirement, such as working like dogs, getting up early every day, keeping up with our careers and our other responsibilities, worrying about paying bills and student loans, worrying about job security and surviving layoffs...and all of the other crap that goes along with working for a living should entitle us to a period in life where we should be able to relax and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Thus, the GOLDEN YEARS. It is so unfortunate that oftentimes the lines between golden and tarnished are blurred by health or financial problems. It just isn't fair or right. I'm trying to keep the right attitude, because I don't want to get there and find that there is no "prize" waiting for me. I want to be able to enjoy some time during my retirement.
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• United States
27 Jan 07
Great attitude. I on the other hand have health issures and financial problems that it is no fun being here. I hope that your years will be better and the Golden ones for you.
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@vhansen (2035)
• United States
6 Feb 07
You know I have often wondered that myself.I guess if you're in good health and have money,then they might be.Most older people I know don't have either and it's a struggle for them to live day to day.Nothing golden about that.Tarnished is in fact a better word for it.Where did that stupid saying come from anyway?
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
6 Feb 07
Well, today is my birthday, I'm 53, so my response it that it is the golden years because we, like gold, do not loose value with age.
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I think they refer to it as that because gold is very old or something like that and I think they say that because you are getting as old as the gold or something along those lines.
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