I turned 58 years old back in October. Over the past few years I've noticed how what used to be little aches and pains seem to magnify more and more every day.

By no means am I complaining. Everyone goes through the ordeal of daily problems with their bodies. It's more for some and less for others. You could ask a hundred other 58 year-olds and they'd probably give you different answers on how they feel day-to-day.

At 18 you felt you could take on the world. For most, in their 20's, careers were being developed. Marriage came into the picture and families were started. You hit your 30's still feeling good about your health, your career, and your future. The 40's come along...we exchange reading glasses for bi-focals. We start seeing our children mature as they become young adults and finish high school. Your 50's hit and all of a sudden the physical ailments seem to start creeping around your body. You wake up with aches and pains that seem to come out of nowhere. 

I'm around my parents and in-laws. Their ages range from the late 70's to the mid 80's. I have a great-aunt that is 109 years old. You hear about their physical ailments and you see the mental ones. Nothing's tougher and sadder than watching a parent or a loved one that's starting to lose their memory.

A survey was done in Britain of 30,000 people. They were asked when they thought people got old. The average response was that you stop being young at 35, and start being old at 58. So is that feeling old mentally and /or physically?

After reading the study a professor said evidence shows that what counts as young and old is very largely down to the age of the beholder.

So after reading this article, what do you think?

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