My answer to What does it feel like to turn 40 years old?
Answer by Ken Larson:
I took a fall on the ice 2 winters ago in front of the Middle School and 2 dozen 5th graders. The fall didn't hurt nearly as much as the laughter and the subsequent whispers when I appeared later that year:
"There goes that old guy again, do you think he might fall? He looked just like a helicopter"
I took a nap out in the wildlife refuge one recent Sunday in a beautiful stand of aromatic pines. When I awoke I found two huge turkey buzzards staring at me intently from their perch nearby. I had known I was getting older but had not realized I had reached the carrion stage.
I reported a pollution spill in the Vermilion River and the Minneapolis paper picked up the story. A reader commented on the web site that the Minnesota pollution control program had now been relegated to an "Old Guy" in the vets home
I feel fine about getting older. It's how I am perceived by others that bothers me.