Age of Grey

I got Covid when it first started to pop up and it hit me pretty hard. One of the many side effects was that it caused a very noticeable increase in grey hair. Since then I now get called old, "Sir", grandpa, etc., and am treated quite differently at work, in my social life, and by the opposite sex. Mostly in a derogatory way. It's been an eye opener. I now look at older people in a different way and feel more compassion towards them. Ageism is real of course and stressful like any other form of discrimination. It's one of the last forms of socially accepted prejudice. It's blatant and in your face with no repercussions. It took contracting a virus for me to realize this.

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J. Biden

Mar 20, 2024 at 11:45am

Totally agree. And that's no malarkey!

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Thank you

Mar 20, 2024 at 9:14pm

Unfortunately I’ve found that ageism is becoming worse all the time. It started especially with the whole “ok boomer” thing, and it’s gained traction ever since. I understand the despair of young people who are feeling the rage of the present circumstances in the world. Many of us seniors share that despair, and certainly not all of us are sitting on piles of money or real estate. The blatant disrespect of many young people doesn’t just come from those issues though - it also comes from being so completely indulged as children that they have developed an outrageous attitude of entitlement. They seem to believe that they really are the centre of the universe and as a result they have zero respect for anyone else. Obviously not all young people feel this way, but enough of them do that the ageism is becoming more and more evident.

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@ Thank you

Mar 21, 2024 at 9:28am

Well said. Bill Maher did a great piece on this a few months ago, basically pointing out the unbridled hypocrisy of young people ranting like Saint Greta about the injustice-of-the-hour while sipping coffee in a disposable cup and taking selfies on phones that they replace like their underwear. They don't seem to see how bathed in conveniences they are. Those of us who remember how to use a dial-telephone see this clearly.

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Anonymous

Mar 21, 2024 at 10:16am

It's no fun to grow old.

Fortunately I cannot afford to be old, and so I practice my martial arts every single day and run 3 miles 5X a week. I'm still going to die, and will fall apart eventually, but there's little point in becoming feeble and at the mercy of the godless youth of today.

bonus: Many of today's young people are weaklings.

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Yes

Mar 21, 2024 at 12:02pm

I’m looking for a job. To keep myself in the game, I dye my hair. Yes, I could go “all natural”, “show my authentic self”, etc. but perception is everything. Looking old = old. I have top skills. I have to do literally everything I can including dyeing my hair to remain viable in the job market. There’s just no way a Millennial will want to hire me if I’m all grey and they’re not, I just can’t see it. I’m not blaming anyone; it’s just plain societal pressures to appear youthful and energetic.

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jeff S

Mar 22, 2024 at 10:23am

Yes indeed ageism is rampant and the only thing that satisfies me is that the ones who are guilty of it now will feel it themselves in a decade or two.

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I’ve experienced ageism after the fact

Mar 22, 2024 at 11:58am

because I look younger than I am. When people (who had become new friends) found out my age, they didn’t want to be friends anymore. Like, because I look younger than I am I had “lied” about my age …or had suddenly become someone different than they had assumed.

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@op

Mar 23, 2024 at 1:11am

It's wild how ageism is sanctioned prejudice and a source of casual cruelty. I'm glad this experience has taught you compassion op, but don't forget to reserve some of that compassion for yourself. You look great! And tell people that personal comments are never in good taste, which is a very polite way of telling them to F off.

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OP

Mar 27, 2024 at 1:18am

@op.... Thank you!

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