- Social events and divulging …
Attended a social cum family event yesterday where a middle-aged lady was speaking to another middle-aged lady (me).
She asked ‘are you into cooking, gardening or embroidery?’ to which I stifled a WTF? and replied that no, I wasn’t. I was then asked what I did in my spare time so my reply was obviously riding bikes which received a look of horror. 😀
Someone interjected with ‘oh yes, she’s got 5 bikes’ and another shocked expression was displayed!
FCOL she was not much older than me and was living the life of an old person, no? 😉 Oh well, we’re all different. 😆Posted 4 years ago
OK, I’m past sixty. My peer group are outdoorsy folk, when we meet up socially it’s often to walk or to ride bikes.
This sort of question is never a major topic of conversation, don’t get that impression, but I think we all have other friends or family who never do anything active. That seems so sad, mostly because of the health issues they risk.Posted 4 years agofervouredimageMember
You enjoy what you enjoy whatever your age. I know your post was light hearted c_g but because I am generally an outdoorsy type who like to get the endorphins flowing regularly I find I mix with those sorts of people. The sneering I come across from them towards those who prefer less adrenaline charged past times and hobbies is quite sad really. I guess that mindset works both ways. My mum is always pointing out that I should think about finally becoming an adult and putting the bikes and toys away. When I ask what sort of things I should be doing instead she just stares at me blankly.Posted 4 years agoMosesMember
I know just what C-G means: there are some people of our age (and also much younger) who seem to restrict themselves to certain activities which they they think are appropriate to their age, so they almost willingly miss out on lots of life.
They seem to dismiss anything which might involve adrenaline or effort in favour of more contemplative pleasures, which are fine in themselves but might be more appreciated as a counterpoint to some brain-dead, scary fun hooning.
PS – 5htElefant, have you a sister who can teach me to surf?Posted 4 years agotenfootSubscriber
Some people have a perception of what you should be doing at a certain age. CG I think you’re about the same age as me, so please don’t get offended when I say it’s good to get old(er) disgracefully. I love the fact that some people think I’m a bit unhinged riding my bike in the dark, in the piddling rain.Posted 4 years agotrail_ratMember
Try being mid 20s and admitting to enjoying diy and working on cars. The formers for people older than me and the latters for people younger than me. Cyclings seen as almost normal till i tell them i cycle 15 miles to and from work and i dont race the tour de france
Its more a thirst to know how my stuff works and how its fitted more than the diy side.Posted 4 years ago
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