You make up one day. Your back aches. You step outside: You can't recognize any of the slang the kids are using. You can't figure out how to work this brand new piece of technology. Let's face it: You're old, man.
And if you think that's the end of it, you'd be wrong, thanks to Redditor Doober_McFly, who asked the online community: "What was your "Man, I'm old" moment?"
"My favorite album..."
My favorite album I bought in 1982 is 37 years ago. I feel old knowing that playing it for kids today would be like an adult in 1982 playing me an album from 1945.
"I have my first student..."
I teach elementary school.
I have my first student that is a son of a former student of mine.
I also work with a teacher that married a former student of mine. (Both are in their 30's)
"Old retired flight instructor here."
Old retired flight instructor here: There is at least one airline pilot flying today, who was taught to fly by an airline pilot -- who I taught to fly. I actually have grand-students in the sky.
"The other day..."Giphy
There's an "Oldies" radio station here in Southern California called "K-Earth 101". When I was a kid (in the '80s) they played music from the 1950s.
The other day I was in someone's car who was listening to this station, and the station was playing a song by U2.
"We always ask..."
We always ask patients their name and date of birth.
One day I'm called in to do a labor epidural and she gives her date of birth and it's the year I graduated high school.
"I was playing basketball..."
I was playing basketball in a neighborhood I just moved into. The age range on the court was probably 14-30 (me being the 30). There was a super cocky kid that was legit really good. His team took a big lead. Then I hit like 3 long distance shots in a row. After the 3rd, he took the ball down the court, went up for a layup, and I swatted his shit out of the court. A girl on the sideline said, "Man, somebody's dad came out here to show yawl how to play ball!" I was crushed.
"I was watering the lawn..."
I was watering the lawn last night after re-seeding it. I was thinking how nice it would be to yell "Get off my lawn" once its back to its lush thick green self again.
"When a kid..."
When a kid asked me about 9/11 and I realized it's just history to them, the same way the Vietnam War is to me.
"Having to explain..."
Having to explain what a CD Walkman was.
Well, first I had to explain what a CD was.
"Wait, you could only take 11 songs with you to school? Why couldn't you just download more?"
"I stopped shaving..."
I stopped shaving for a few days with the intent of growing a beard and I noticed pretty quickly that half of my facial hair is now grey.