Next week I turn 44.
According to the Oxford English dictionary, I will then be one year away from middle age.
It seems to have crept upon me without me noticing too much.
Although in the last couple of years, I've come to realise I'm not as young as I once was.
There are a few things in particular that are starting to creak or cause me some annoyance.
I've worn glasses for reading and close work since I was a teenager.
And particularly when I started using a computer they helped to stop my eyes straining.
But now they've become an essential extension of my own eyes.
Things get blurry
First thing in the morning, it's getting harder to focus on words.
It takes a couple of seconds for my eyes to compute what's going on.
And everything's blurry and I can't quite make out what I'm reading until I put my glasses on.
I need to wear my glasses more often
I never used to wear them whilst driving but I've noticed myself straining my eyes at times.
Not because I can't see but because they're having to work harder to concentrate on things.
As soon as I put my glasses on my eyes breathe a metaphorical sigh of relief like they can now relax.
Lenses seem to get thicker
I'm not quite at the bottom of the glass type lenses yet but the ones I need in my glasses are getting thicker.
I'm vain enough to get them reduced in thickness so I don't look like Sybil Trelawney.
I can't see me getting along with contact lenses as I don't like the idea of touching my eyes.
So I'll have to put up with the lenses getting thicker I guess.
Sensitivity to light
Over the past few years, my eyes have become much more sensitive to light than they were.
A bright sunny morning is a glorious thing but it makes me want to walk about with my eyes closed.
Sometimes I even have to resort to sunglasses first thing in the morning.
Whilst I'm never in any danger of going bald, hair has become more of an issue as I get closer to middle age.
I started going grey when I was in my early twenties.
Having black hair makes it much more obvious and as I get older the process is speeding up.
I've never felt the need to reach for the Just For Men yet but never say never!
Growing and growing
It's unfortunate but hair starts to get a mind of its own when you get into your forties.
The worst of it is awkward ear and nose hairs but my eyebrows seem to be a living entity unto themselves.
I never had a barber asking me if I wanted an eyebrow trim until the last couple of years.
Still, at least they're not long enough to put into a plait at this stage.
Early to bed
Whatever happened to going to bed after midnight?
I'm lucky if I make it to the end of the 10 o'clock news.
The closer to middle age I get, the case for an early bedtime gets even more compelling.
Sometimes I have to give into my tiredness and grab forty winks.
Even if it's only for half an hour, I usually feel refreshed enough to carry on for the day.
I've not quite got to the stage that I fall asleep whilst watching TV yet.
I'm sure that time will come.
I don't drink alcohol as often as I used to but stubborn love handles remain in place.
In the past couple of years I've lost over four stone but they're still there.
I've been using Sworkit to try and get rid of them but it's slow going.
That and going out running four times a week should melt them away.
Watch it like a hawk
I've come to accept that the only way I can manage my weight is to watch it like a hawk.
I use myfitnesspal to record everything that I eat each day.
It gives me a goal that I need to aim for to maintain my weight.
Having to input every little thing you eat might sound like a bit of a bind.
But after a while it becomes second nature; particularly as it's so easy to add things on a mobile phone.
What Do You Think About Middle Age?
Have you reached that milestone yet?
How do you feel about it?
What observations have you made about it?
Please let me know in the comments section below.
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