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    36 Horrifyingly Relatable Moments When People Realised That They Were Getting Older

    "When I saw my favourite childhood toy in a museum."

    We recently asked our BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the moments that they realised they were old. Here are some of their answers:

    1. "I knew I was getting old when around 9pm at my own party I wanted everyone to go home so I could go to sleep."

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    2. "When I saw girls on a night out in winter with bare legs and no coat and felt concerned about how cold they must be."

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    "That used to be me!"


    3. "I was watching a football game a couple of years ago and realised that most of the players were younger than me."

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    "Professional football players are supposed to be grown ups! I used to look up to them, but the majority are actually in their 20s and I’m still not over that."


    4. "I was sat in my room at 8pm on a Saturday night drinking tea and knitting a scarf for my cat to cover the bald spot on his neck from a vet appointment."

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    "I was twenty-three at the time."


    5. "One morning I stretched my arms up above my head and somehow I threw my neck out."

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    "My neck was stuck in one direction all morning until it loosened up in the afternoon. I had to turn my whole body to look the opposite way."


    6. "The day when my eyebrow lady told me I had a grey eyebrow hair."

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    "I was thirty-five at the time. Far too young to be getting grey eyebrows. I told her get rid of it ASAP."


    7. "When I realised that I would be retired before my co-worker’s kids hit middle school."

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    8. "When I shushed someone to hear the weather forecast."

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    9. "When I watched the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards and for the first time ever I had basically no idea who any of the nominees were."

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    10. "When I saw my favourite childhood toy in a museum."

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    11. "On a night out to a busy nightclub I was trying to get up the stairs to use the toilet and it was so crowded. I proceeded to complain to security that it was a fire hazard."

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    "I knew then that I had to leave and put my old lady clothes on."


    12. "One night when the kids had gone to sleep I excitedly told my husband that we could put our pyjamas on, pop on a movie, and chill on the sofa. Wild night of sex? Nope!"

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    "And that’s when I knew. Our children are now ten and eleven. PJs and a movie are still a real treat."


    13. "When I was in high school and into my early twenties, I used to pull all-nighters all the time and be fine. I’d get a little jumpy by the twenty-third hour but whatever. I tried it again when I turned thirty and I was useless, loopy, and uncoordinated."

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    "Sleep is pretty important, who knew?"


    14. "In a job interview I was asked what my hobbies were. I sat there for a minute thinking of my past times which include gardening, difficult jigsaw puzzles, sudoku, baking, and staying in on Friday and Saturday nights to be with my dogs."

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    "I decided that none of those seemed fitting to tell my future employer as that is not what a typical twenty-six year old does and I didn’t want them to think I was weird."


    15. "The moment my son, Rufus, had a friend come over and that child began their interaction with me by saying 'Rufus's mum'."

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    16. "I work elections where I live, and we have to ask for peoples' birthdates. I realised I was getting old this year because of all the kids who were born in 2000 and after who came in to vote."

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    "I was already double digits when they were born."


    17. "The moment my friends and I came to and realised that we were having a very dry conversation about property taxes."

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    "We all looked at each other like 'these are things we care about now.'"


    18. "When I sit in my car outside the grocery store at 6:58am waiting for it to open at 7am."

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    19. "When I walked into a bar to pick up a food order and was immediately blown away by how loud it was."

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    20. "I was watching The Price Is Right and wanted the washer/dryer, TV, and bedroom set more than I wanted the car."

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    21. "When I saw a kid I used to babysit on a campus tour of the college I was attending at the time."

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    22. "When my partner gave me this pretty pill organiser and I got super excited about it."

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    "It’s just so pretty and that way I know I haven’t forgotten to take my vitamins and iron and stuff, which is another clue by the way."


    23. "When I got bifocals."

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    24. "When my parents started involving me in major family decisions."

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    25. "I thought I was being flirty with this cute guy while in a queue and when I didn't realise I was at the end, he said, 'It's your turn, ma'am.' Harsh."

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    26. "I never understood as a kid why people talked about recipes so much or had their favourite ones memorised. Who would decide to read a cookbook in their spare time? I am now that person."

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    "SMH. It first started in my mid twenties and I’m not going back now."


    27. "When I started falling asleep out of nowhere."

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    "During the height of suspense in Get Out I fell asleep and woke up to credits. In the car as a passenger for more than twenty minutes? Don’t mind me just passed the hell out with my mouth open."


    28. "The time I bought a new vacuum and was super excited about it."

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    "Felt my younger self shaking her head in disgust at how lame I've officially become."


    29. "My knees have started to ache when it's raining or starting to rain."

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    30. "When my seven year old cousin asked me who One Direction are."

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    31. "When I started singing along to the songs at the grocery store. Can't lie, that playlist is FIRE."

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    32. "It truly hit me that I was getting ‘old’ when I was 26/27. An advert for an ‘old school classics’ compilation album came on, and they were all my school year songs."

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    "it felt like they were still quite fresh and not that old. I couldn’t get my head around how they were now being classed as old school!"


    33. "When I realised that I was excited to shop in a different supermarket."

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    34. "When someone suggested watching a movie on a weekday that started at 8:30pm and I was thought it was way too late."

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    35. "When I fell over drunk running for a bus and the twenty-something woman who saw me said 'are you ok Sir?'"

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    36. "I don't eat fun cereal anymore because it's too sweet and it makes me feel sick. The day I had to admit that to myself I died a little inside."

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    "Now I eat life brand cereal in a pathetic bid to regain what I lost. It's not the same. It will never be the same."


    Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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