7 surefire signs that you are middle aged!

When does middle age start? What are the signs that you are middle aged? Is it an actual age you reach or a state of mind that you achieve? Who knows and really, does it matter, but just for fun, here are a few pointers that might indicate that middle age has set in for you.

7 surefire signs that you are middle aged!

1: Policemen, doctors and teachers seem to be getting younger.Β  You see a policeman and think he should be doing a paper round instead of being on the beat. How can a person straight out of nappies be qualified to be a Doctor?

2: They keep remaking films and tv programmes from your youth. What was wrong with the original? If it wasn’t bad enough that they are remaking Charmed, it is sacrilege that they are rebooting Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What fresh hell is this? Does nobody have any original ideas for new content?

3: It is so much harder to lose weight. How smug I felt as a young women who could literally eat all the pies and not gain an ounce. No more. Middle age spread is truly spreading. Add into that the perimenopause and it is a recipe for muffin tops.

Red haired lady asleep on a chair. Signs that you are middle aged

4: The glory of an afternoon nap. Nothing beats a little snooze. Gain extra points if you wake up with a startled air of confusion, with your readingΒ  glasses dangling off your face.

5: The joy of socks. Nothing beats a new pair. You ask for them for Christmas and actually mean it!

6: Clothes and trends from your youth are suddenly retro cool. You think you have entered a time vortex when your enter New Look. What’s more, your start to look at elasticated waists with longing and think how comfy they look.

7: Sheds and hobby rooms are the new night clubs. Your evenings are spent knitting, not dancing. Your husband no longer disappears for a few pints and comes back 4 hours later, raging drunk. Instead he disappears into the shed, with a mug of tea, where he quietly listens to the radio as he does as bit of diy.

All is not lost

So, you’ve established the signs that you are middle aged. What next? Well, embrace it! It is not the sign of the beginning of a decline but rather the sign that you have reached the time of your life where you can finally put yourself first. You are likely past the stage of changing nappies, your children are older and more independent. You have time to indulge yourself and the hobbies that you are developing. Make the most of it. Think of it as the start of a golden age in your life and make the most of it.

Heck, you’re only this age once!



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  1. 20th October 2018 / 9:20 PM

    I love middle age, it’s great just being able to be me and not give a stuff about what other people think anymore

  2. 28th September 2018 / 9:53 AM

    I was nodding along to most of these! It’s so funny though isn’t it? My children are a little older now, although LP does still need me sometimes – he’s 9. Great post.
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

    • Louisa
      11th October 2018 / 2:21 PM

      I could never have imagined myself as middle aged, but here we are! I think our children will always need us to some extent but the needs are more emotional (and financial) than physical.

  3. 25th September 2018 / 10:15 PM

    Phew – this isn’t me – as I’m far away from the socks thing, this overactive thyroid sees to that πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

    • Louisa
      27th September 2018 / 1:21 PM

      Lol, I’m sure none of the others apply to you either Stephanie! πŸ˜‰

  4. 24th September 2018 / 10:44 PM

    Louisa, this was such a fab, funny read! I can snooze at the drop of a hat. I may have a constant elbow shaped bruise on my side from Kirby elbowing me because I snooze too loudly (Snoring? Me? Never!!!!), but then I know I am well and truly middle aged and fully agree with all of these and more.

    • Louisa
      27th September 2018 / 1:43 PM

      Ah Carin, you are a woman after my own heart. I live to nap!

  5. 24th September 2018 / 12:33 AM

    Half of the people I work with now were born after when I first got hired. It can be a little tough to take sometimes #thatfridaylinky

    • Louisa
      27th September 2018 / 1:36 PM

      I can see how that would be tough, hopefully they bow to your greater wisdom and experience?

  6. 23rd September 2018 / 7:31 AM

    Haha! This is so true fab read Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

    • Louisa
      27th September 2018 / 1:37 PM

      Thanks Nige, will do

  7. 22nd September 2018 / 5:43 PM

    Haha, brilliant! I wish I had the figure that I had when I was early 20’s. I only have to look at a cake now and my hips and arse expand!

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. Have a lovely weekend. x

    • Louisa
      27th September 2018 / 1:34 PM

      I also wish I had appreciated what I had at the time. I would’ve walked around in a bikini all day!

    • Louisa
      27th September 2018 / 1:29 PM

      I am glad it made you smile!

  8. 21st September 2018 / 7:46 AM

    This is so true! For me it’s also realising how young footballers are and that if I were playing I’d be retired now!

    • Louisa
      27th September 2018 / 1:28 PM

      So true, it’s a shame that many athletes are seen as ‘past it’, hopefully they made enough money to fund their early retirement!

  9. 20th September 2018 / 1:59 PM

    Ha! Yes. All true and I don’t care! It is a fun time. There are still worries, but so much easier to cope when you have more confidence and perspective.

    • Louisa
      27th September 2018 / 1:26 PM

      You’re absolutely right Cheryl. I hated being 30 but now I’m well into my 40s I feel much more at ease with myself

  10. 19th September 2018 / 5:38 PM

    Hi Louisa, this did make me giggle. I am well and truly middle-aged now. Not only did I get pant wettingly excited about getting a desk and chair I can call my own, but when told about the shop H&M (which I was ridiculed for never having shopped there) my first question was did they sell fun socks… And people in authority are definitely looking far too young these days.


    • Louisa
      20th September 2018 / 1:47 PM

      Yep, you are officially middle aged Debbie! On the bright side think of all the fun socks you can buy now! x

    • Louisa
      20th September 2018 / 1:33 PM

      Unfortunately I can snooze at the drop of a hat!

  11. 18th September 2018 / 7:46 PM

    I think I am middle aged at nearly 40. lol
    I have noticed that with teachers. Some of them were not even born when I was leaving school. lol
    I am not happy that they are rebooting Buffy! It better be just as good as the original x #MMBC

    • Louisa
      20th September 2018 / 1:46 PM

      Even my daughter was shocked at Buffy. The characters are too iconic for it to work in my opinion

  12. 18th September 2018 / 12:03 PM

    i love the comfort of middleagedness. great read. Off for a nap now . #mixitup

    • Louisa
      20th September 2018 / 1:36 PM

      I love a good nap too

  13. 18th September 2018 / 11:16 AM

    I love this! There’s really nothing bad about middle age at all. Although I still really want those clothes from my youth and I have to remind myself that if I wore them first time around, they’re definitely not for me second time around! I think my kids would disown me.

    • Louisa
      20th September 2018 / 1:45 PM

      I find myself looking at clothes from first time around too but stop myself wearing them again. There’s a fine line between retro and dated once you reach a certain age!

  14. 17th September 2018 / 9:49 PM

    I love this post! I just bought a huge pack of dishwasher tablets the other day and found myself getting very excited about not having to worry about running out for the next few months. I’ve changed!

    • Louisa
      20th September 2018 / 1:43 PM

      You might have changed but at least you are organised πŸ˜‰

  15. 17th September 2018 / 8:58 PM

    Hey! I resemble that remark! I got quite a giggle out of this and so relate! Visiting you today from the mix it up link. laurensparks.net

    • Louisa
      20th September 2018 / 1:40 PM

      Glad I’m not alone in showing the signs!

  16. 17th September 2018 / 8:08 PM

    Yes I am definitely middle aged as almost all of these fit. And I wear elastic pants. Well Jeggings πŸ˜‰ #mixitup

    • Louisa
      20th September 2018 / 1:37 PM

      I hadn’t thought of jeggings, but yes you can’t beat some comfort!

  17. 17th September 2018 / 6:14 PM

    The nap one really resonated with me. Even after a good night’s sleep if I make myself horizontal I can nod off again. I also find myself increasingly frustrated with people’s wants and needs of me and dream of the day where everyone can look after myself so that I can finally take care of me! #MMBC

    • Louisa
      20th September 2018 / 1:39 PM

      I don’t even need to be horizontal to nap. Just put me in a comfy chair and I’m away!

  18. 17th September 2018 / 4:58 PM

    As a retiree, I read this post on middle age with a big smile. Yup, been there, done that. My sister and I had a conversation recently on our daily wardrobe – totally for comfort. We have little passion for fashion when once we were always up with latest look. Those looks are now so retro – wait it gets worse. Your bosses start to get younger and younger and they start looking at you in a condescending way. And there I’m thinking they need to live a little longer to get a better world view.

    • Louisa
      17th September 2018 / 5:07 PM

      I’ve not encountered condescending bosses yet but certainly have been on receiving end with shop assistants patronisingly calling me ‘love’!

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