Steven Belanger had an excellent post about signs that you're aging the other day. I had to think about it a while because one sign that you're aging is that you think more slowly. I often have to be reminded what I was thinking about. Sometimes I ask myself the question, "What was I thinking about?"
I'm not sure who I expect to answer.
I think that's another sign of aging for me, I talk to myself more. Worse, I get into arguments with myself over who is right. Somedays it's like Bugs Bunny arguing with Daffy Duck.
That's another sign you're aging. You use references that others might not recognize, like, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth," or, "I'm going to drop a dime on them."
But the biggest sign of aging for me and my wife is that it takes a lot longer to dress each day. Thinking about why that is, I realized that my extra time is absorbed by taking care of my hair, mustache and beard. I have less and thinner hair yet it takes more time to arrange it each day.
My beard and mustache's growth seems to be accelerating. I trim them each morning but some days I see myself in the mirror in the afternoon (how else did you expect me to see myself) and think, wow, that mustache can use a trim.
Taking longer to dress is one of the stages of life that we can use for measurement. In the beginning, of course, you don't dress yourself and it's not even a concern. Someone else is putting a diaper on you, tugging your socks, shoes and clothing on you.
Later, you learn to dress yourself but it's a haphazard application, not requiring much time. The goal is to put on clothes so you can go do things.
Then, in the third stage, we're more concerned about what we're wearing. Most of us enter the third stage around the same time that our sexual interests start percolating. Suddenly clothing is also plumage.
In the fourth stage,we're dressing for work. We're still worried about how we're dressed but we're concerned with social and business parameters. Then, in the fifth stage, you quit worrying so much. For one thing, most of us now have weight and hair issues. Our noses and ear lobes are growing and becoming hairier and our body shapes have changed. Where one we had proud bosoms and broad shoulders, we now have sprawling rears and extended weights.
The fifth stage is the beginning of the decline.
The stages get sketchy after that. While my time is longer, my wife's length of time is predicated on planned activities. It's rare that I've gone over thirty minutes but she can require much longer, depending upon such nefarious needs as doing her hair, shaving her legs and pits, wearing hose and applying cosmetics and creams.
In the fifth stage, some folks just take to wearing sweat clothes everywhere.
By the sixth stage, you're back to being dressed by someone else. That's pretty much the final stage for most of us. We die, and in the final act, someone else dresses us.
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