The Dark Side of Aging: 10 Things That Will Drive You Crazy as You Grow Older

I recently saw this question online, “What are you starting to dislike more as you get older?”

What did you use to do until you started to dislike it? Are you thinking of something you are glad you aren’t doing anymore since you were young? Here are the top-voted responses. 

1. A Rearranged Grocery Store

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The most upvoted comment on this topic; is when they rearrange the grocery store. Many people agreed, and some shared their experience, for example, “The grocery store near me recently rearranged, and suddenly the peanut butter was in the aisle with the ketchup instead of over by the jams and jellies.”

Other users have shared that they follow a specific system, such as starting with produce, then moving on to bakery items, coffee and tea, dairy products, and finally, checking out. However, when the grocery store is reorganized or rearranged, these users may need to devise a new plan or approach to their shopping routine.

2. Anything That Takes Place Outside Their House

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Ricki expressed a strong dislike towards any event or activity that occurs beyond the boundaries of their residence, indicating a clear preference for staying indoors.

A second expressed, “It’s all so expensive, so crowded, such a bother to get to, and often so underwhelming too.”

3. The Expectation of Always Being Available

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One person expressed that they are expected to be reachable at all times, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. This expectation of constant availability has become increasingly common in today’s society, where technology has made it easier than ever to stay connected with others. 

This constant connectivity can have both positive and negative effects on individuals and society as a whole. On the one hand, being constantly available can make it easier for people to stay in touch with loved ones, collaborate with colleagues, and respond quickly to emergencies. It can also pressure individuals to always be “on” and responsive, even during off-hours or personal time.

4. Functioning Well on Little Sleep

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Rendsa described that they had noticed a significant decrease in their body’s ability to function on low amounts of sleep in recent years. Previously, they could function on 5-6 hours of sleep during the week and recharge with a couple of 8-10 hour nights on the weekend. 

However, by the second or third day, the individual begins to feel the effects of sleep deprivation and needs to schedule additional rest.

5. Additional Fees Added to the Price Afterwards

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Wow, can you believe it? These concert tickets that were advertised at $75.00 ended up costing a whopping $125.00 due to all the additional fees! It’s unbelievable how much extra they are charging, someone articulated. 

Another shared their wisdom with us. In Australia, businesses must display the full total price, and hidden fees are illegal. Therefore, setting your VPN to Australia can ensure you see the actual price of goods and services. However, smaller international sites may not comply with this regulation.

6. Memories of Their Old Self

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Robin shared that they really started to dislike memories of themselves. They remember things they’ve done, and sometimes it makes them sick to their stomach with shame, or sometimes they remember cool things they’ve done, and it makes them sad that they’re not still doing those cool things.

Another advised them to flip the narrative. It’s important to acknowledge and appreciate the experiences in life that bring joy and excitement. It’s also important to recognize personal growth and development and the ability to identify past mistakes and learn from them. 

Practicing self-compassion and understanding that not every day will be perfect can lead to a healthier and happier mindset. Remember to give yourself credit for the progress you made on your journey.

7. Our Parents Are Also Getting Older

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The thing I strongly dislike about getting older is that my parents are also getting older and the fear of losing them soon terrifies me, Haylee articulated. 

A second added that they hope their parents have a quick and painless passing when their time comes. It was difficult for them to watch their grandmother suffer from Parkinson’s disease, and they don’t think they could handle it if one of my parents had to go through the same thing.

8. Living Like You Are Your Own Tamagotchi

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“Having to manage my body like it’s a Tamagotchi. All these warning messages keep popping up. If I forget to feed it the right things at the right time and put it to bed at the right time and do the right exercises and avoid 73 arbitrary things it will just start to moan and malfunction,” someone added. 

Personally, I think we can all agree on the text above. Seinfeld said that if our car needed as much maintenance as our bodies did we would never buy it. 

9. Extreme Hard Sounds 

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According to one, the thing they can’t handle now that they’re older is noise. Many people agree, and one added that they agree their sensitivity to noise has definitely increased.

A third confirmed this and elaborated, “please don’t ask me to go to a bar or restaurant with live music. Either we are talking, or we are listening to music, but we are not doing both”.

10. Getting Older

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Bront wrote that he wanted to be an adult so badly when he was a kid. He now misses not having crippling debt and back pain. 

Yet, there is still hope. A final user clarified that their worst birthday was their 30th, but since turning 30, they’ve had fine birthdays. Since they will turn 68, they can confidently say that every birthday since then has been fine so far!

Did these Redditors make you think of something you loved as a kid but would rather skip it now you are older? 

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