There comes a point in everyone’s life when you start to feel old. This is an age Rubicon that I seem to have now passed and can no longer be consider a youngling and must progress wearily into the middle ages.
The real nail in the coffin came this week when on telling someone my age (34) I was told “well that’s not that young”, and meant I was unable to relate to a younger demographic for a marketing campaign. How did I let this happen? Could I have done more to stop the passage of time (perhaps by travelling close to the speed of light)?
The process of feeling old started a month or so ago when playing Minecraft, I was perfectly able to setup a new game and get going but then I decided I wanted to start a multi-player game with Mrs G. As much as I tried I couldn’t seem to set up a server for us to both play on, I was able to run around my blocky world but had nobody to play with. So I did the only thing I could think of, ask someone who might.
That was the 10 year old son of my manager.
It seems I have reached the point in life where I can no longer programme the VCR, and then I feel old because a ten-year old probably has never heard of VHS. What has happened to me, have I finally lost my tech mojo and would have to resort to shouting at the microwave’s lack of BBC1 because I mistook it for the TV?
Before I had to go and check in to the DunGadgeting home for retired techies I was able to kickstart a self-hosted server into life by myself and it was one of the proudest moments in my life and even elicited a small “yes”, like if I had managed to go a whole day without peeing my pants. Being unable to do something on the computer? I thought we’d never come back from that one.
Thinking I’d recovered from this age shock I’ve continued on my merry youth-like way…until this week when the full force of my own personal heat death has hit me. I’m getting old, and I can tell this because of the following:
- When music awards are announced I have no idea who any of the artists are that are up for nomination, and when I go in search of their music I think to myself “What is this noise?”
- Those receiving awards for “Lifetime Achievement” I do remember, and they were the ones winning the awards when I was young.
- I was asked today what the first games console I had was by someone who answered their’s was a PlayStation. I remember when all we had was 8-bits, and we were grateful for that!
- There are no sport stars left that I grew up with as a youngster, every single one has retired and started to be shown on programmes with “Legends” in the title and 4:3 footage.
- Whilst out with my fellow team members I realised that I was the elder statesman amongst them.
- The year of my birth (1980) is as far away from today as 1946 is from my birth.
- I’ve been out of touch with the internet for a few weeks and I have no idea what’s going on anymore, what’s Vine? What are all these memes? Who is hot and who is not? I feel like a Dad who tries to be cool by liking Arianna Grand Hotel and Gary from One Direction.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Use It or Lose It.”