It is inevitable that we as men are getting old. It creeps up on us and before we know it we have turned into our dad.
Here is 11 signs that this may have already happened to you. How many apply to you?
1. Modern Music Doesn’t Interest You
You can’t name any song in the Top 10, and now you understand why your dad said the Sting original was better than the Puff Daddy ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ release. All the latest tracks are just ‘noise’ and the lyrics/melodies were better in the old songs. By old songs you mean Backstreet Boys of course.
2. Swearing In Sport
When you grew up playing sport you were full of self-confidence, cock-sure of yourself and would give anyone who got in your way a mouthful. Now you are generally disgusted by the use of bad language in sport and see no place for it in the modern game.
3. Apologise For No Reason
Someone bumps into you, and who apologises? You do of course. Your daily life is now intertwined with apologies to everyone you see no matter if it is your fault or not.
4. Customer Service
When you were younger you would stroll into a store, grab a handful of clothes and head to the fitting room needing no customer service whatsoever. Nowadays your first thought when entering the store is “I wonder if they have nice bathrooms” and you struggle to find the price or size on the majority of garments. You now have a permanent meerkat look as you try and find some staff, wondering why no one wears brand uniforms anymore.
5. The Younger Generation
Referencing anyone younger than you is now known as the ‘younger generation’. And they genuinely don’t know they are born. Try living in the days when you had to use a dialup connection to access the internet and webpages took an age to load.
6. You Think You Still Look Young
There is a smug air of satisfaction when someone guesses your age as younger than what you are.
7. Noises When Sitting Down or Getting Up
Even if there is no actual pain you still groan when getting up out of the chair. You let out a crescendo of sighs, groans and bone clicking should you have to sit/or get up from the floor. But the ultimate sigh though is reserved for sitting in your chair after a day at work. You have literally been sitting on your arse all day but somehow sitting on the sofa when you get home has you making more exclaims of happiness than your entire sex life combined.
8. The Christmas Day Walk
Remember that annoying time when your parents would interrupt your new computer game enjoyment to go on a long walk on Christmas Day. You would protest only dragging out the inevitable. Now you plan your festivities around the Christmas Day walk to get maximum enjoyment from the day.
9. Drink Choices Have Changed
You go weak at the knees if there is a line of unknown guest ales in the establishment you have stopped to drink in. A big grin comes across your face as you get giddy with excitement at the thought of trying them.
10. The Toolkit
Granted half of it is made up of tools borrowed from your dad and never returned. But there is a responsibility on you to be able to overcome any household DIY obstacle your other half may throw at you. So having expanded the toolkit further it now includes at least 3 or 4 pieces you will confidently never ever use.
11. Nose and Ear Hair
The daily grooming routine now has an ever growing chunk of it attributed to the deforestation of your ear and nose passages.
Sam Brady is a menswear expert, having worked in or around the field for the past 14 years. He has built up a keen eye for detail when it comes to the production of clothing, and is happy showcasing the craftsmanship of Savile Row and Jermyn St. But he understands the need for an interchangeable modern man’s wardrobe that mixes high street and luxury clothing.