Douglas Coupland on Aging

Douglas Coupland, author of books such as Generation X, Girlfriend in a Coma, Microserfs, and, Hey Nostradamus has written an article about how men age. His thoughts are that men have an age they really are, and an age they think they are in their head (usually about 31 or 32). They think they are still able to chase footballs etc and are surprised when they catch a glimpse in the mirror or realise that someone else is actually the same age as them, not 10 years older. He says in the article:

The thing is, he says, we can’t stop that aging process. Everyone else is aging too, at the same rate, and we’re all going to end up in the same place anyway. Freaking out about aging becomes depressing or funny or pathetic only if you make the incorrect assumption that everyone else lives inside a change-proof hyperbaric chamber. They don’t, of course. We’re all locked inside the time machine, and we’re all going to the exact same destination.

It is a shock to me when I realise I can’t run as fast as I used to, but surely the best way to live is to fully embrace the stage of life we’re currently living rather than constantly live with our heads turned overour shoulders, trying to retain what we once looked or felt like.


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