#068: Growing Old

[F.U.C.K. is an e-zine that I started on January 24, 1993 and ended on January 24, 2000. One concept is that articles should be timeless if possible, so they were not released with dates. As such, the date on this blog is not exact but I will try to use a date as close as possible.]

Next time you are in a mall or public place, or driving down the street, take a second to look around for an elderly person. Once you see one or two, take a second look at them and see what kind of emotion or facial expression they have.

The more I look around, the more I notice old people are not happy. It is rare to see a blue haired lady smiling for no apparent reason. Old men are getting so grumpy and anti-social it seems kind of weird. When you visit your grandparents it isn’t like that, but all these others you see aren’t exactly winning the Congeniality award. More and more you see scowls, frowns, sneers, and everything else, but no smile.

Think about why though. I mean, you have a person that has lived life to their fullest, is now enjoying the days pass by with no obligations, plenty of free time, and no pressure. The only obligations are financial, but the government is paying for a lot of that. Pressure of society is the only other thing for them to worry about, but they choose to go out in rush hour traffic driving 10 miles below the speed limit.

Must be boredom. Day in and day out of nothing to do, nowhere new to go, few people to hang out with. As an old person it seems you either know a few people your age, or a ton. The latter if you are a member of a retirement community or something.

Their attitudes. Ever talk to any old people? Ever overhear what they say? Needless to say, they pretty much look down on society today, and the people in it. Yes, they did have better conditions of living when they were younger, and yes, they were enjoying life more(maybe), and yes everything was just skippy. Now they look at how bad society has become, the violence, the pollution, the poverty, and the countless other problems. Ever notice who they blame? “Teenagers today just don’t respect themselves or each other.” “This world is going to hell in a hand basket.” Things like that come from them condemning the younger members of society. One thing to say to that: “Look who raised us.”

As for me growing old, I know I have a ways to go before I am anywhere near old, but I think I want to die fairly quickly around the age of 50. By then, things should be going well, and if they aren’t then they never will get better for me. By then I am looking at retirement and can’t stand to sit around for 5-20 years doing nothing. Not my style. So a big car accident or something to put an end to everything just after I turn 50. That should do the trick nicely and make sure I am not condemned to suffer long days of eating mashed greens through a straw or anything.

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