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10 people are sharing the things they have started to enjoy and accept as they grow older

Ten individuals share newfound loves that age has unveiled, revealing the beauty of evolving preferences and clarity.

10 people are sharing the things they have started to enjoy and accept as they grow older
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With time comes change

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Burst

Time waits for no one. And with time passing come irreversible changes that every person is subject to, whether they like it or not. These changes especially take place in an individual's likes and dislikes. They begin to lose things that they used to be interested in when they were young. Instead, people get better clarity on what they really want to do with their time. Reddit user, u/eternalrefuge86 who seemed to be curious about how this happens, asked the community about what they began to like as they got older. Here are 10 of the best answers that people had to offer:

1. Taking a break by doing nothing

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Andrea Picquadio

A holiday where I do nothing. I used to hate those boring beach holidays. Sitting around doing nothing, I've always preferred city breaks and walking around and exploring, and I still do. But, I've started seeing value in the type of holiday where I just sit and try to switch off and do nothing. u/CULTURALLY-EXPLICIT. 100% a holiday where all you do is lie around on the beach or by a pool with a beer in hand, with nothing to think about other than what you'll have for lunch. That is what taking a break is all about! u/BallisticTrickster

2. Solitude

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Jeswin Thomas
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Jeswin Thomas

Solitude. It's so goddamn amazing. u/occasional_sniffer. I'm in my mid-30s, single and recently started dating again. I've discovered mid to late 20-year-old women are the ones interested in me. I've been called a psychopath twice now when I explain to them I enjoy having the TV off, no music playing, and just enjoying the silence that is my empty house LOL. I remember being 25 and I always needed something in the background. Now that in 35 I crave silence, especially since I work in a warehouse with constant grinding and sanding noises. u/burkechrs1

3. Studying birds

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Mike
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Mike

Birds. I like birds. And my flowering plants. u/mw5593. Same. I always liked zoology but decided not to pursue it in my late teens for various reasons. Unfortunately, nothing else I pursued felt like a good fit for me. Started getting back into it in my mid-20s and stuck with it ever since. Now I'm looking toward pursuing a degree in either ornithology or paleontology because avian evolution fascinates me. Put more simply: Birb is nice, birb is cool, I want to study birb in school. u/TheAtroxious 

4. Staying in on a cold day 

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Pavel Danilyuk

Those days when it’s cold outside but not too cold that you’re shivering, it’s rainy and dark, you have nothing you need to do, and you can just curl up in bed and watch TV or read a book while snuggling with your pet. I never liked those rainy dark days as a kid, but now I cherish them. u/TheGlitchbug This - As someone who currently lives in Texas (and has always lived in the sunny South of the US) - I am a 55-year-old who absolutely CRAVES cool/cold, rainy/drizzly weather. All my relatives think I'm nuts because "EVERYONE loves the sun and beach" (making throwing-up sounds). I'm from South Carolina so "the beach" is like a goddess that demands to be worshipped. As soon as I can retire I'm headed for colder and "drearier" climates. u/GradStudent_Helper

5. Watching cartoons

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Karolina Grabowska

Cartoons make so much more sense now that I'm older. I will 100% watch cartoons over whatever crime drama/ reality show/ talent show/ modern soap opera/ etc. c*** that's on TV. u/Poorly-Drawn-Beagle. They are just so much more simplistic and no need to get sucked into it. It's a short story for each episode and that's that. You are missing anything because you missed the entire 3rd season, there are no 30 minutes of lead-up to some manufactured b******* lol. u/InsertBluescreenhere.

6. Lawnmowers

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Lisa Fotios

I’m 19 but recently I looked at this lawnmower and I literally was like damn that’s an attractive lawnmower I feel like a dad in his 30s because I dropped out at 16 and worked while everyone my age was in school and then I finally did highschool online and graduated. u/InterestingLab285. Yes my friend, I too was seduced by sports car-like gardening equipment. I bought a classic broken lawnmower from the 80s this summer rebuilt the engine and gave her a new custom paint job. Feels even better having a project you made work so well. u/Chemical-Sentence-66

7. Exercise

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | RDNE Stock project

For me, it’s working out and staying in shape. I’m 37 and 6’. My weight has yo yo’d my entire life from 205-280 at my heaviest. I lost and gained weight every few years without really working out or being super active. Til the last time. I was 35 and 280 lbs. my knees were starting to hurt. I got kidney stones. My gut was starting to sag when I lay on my side. And I had to hold my breath to tie my shoes. For the first year, I adopted a keto diet and walked seven miles a day, virtually every day. I went down to 215 and stalled for maybe 6 months. I lost more weight through stress, and it wasn’t healthy. I finally took the gym and lifting seriously and at 37 I’m in the best shape of my life. I love lifting weights. And my job is very physical. I can eat anything I want and not gain weight. Although I (mostly) don’t. u/eternalrefuge86

8. Fewer expectations 

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Julian Jagtenberg

Being freed from the shackles of expectation. That may sound wonk, but like, as you get older, you realize how many things, social interactions and expectations, were nonsense to begin with. You finally kinda just start getting comfortable with who you are, and you don't actually have to put up with anyone who disagrees, and you gain the liberty to do that. As others put it "Solitude" I also think of my BIL who said it, but he was like "If you're not in trouble with the law, you're not in trouble" Haha. u/Dracasethaen 

9. Wanting a motorcycle

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | Djordje Petrovic

I'm 35. I own an Elantra that I just paid off but I find myself wanting to buy a big a** pickup truck and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. I have no idea why. I don't really ever need to haul anything and I generally think most big trucks like that are wasteful. I've also worked in a hospital and seen lots of people come in with severe injuries after motorcycle accidents. I know how dangerous they are. Not sure what's wrong with me. u/FearTheKeflex

10. Cleaning 

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | cottonbro studio

A clean space. I don’t care how busy/tired I am, I am getting my a** up to put away laundry or wipe down the counters. I am so much more relaxed when my space is clean. Also, listening to my body and mind. putting my phone down when I’m upset or anxious, stretching when I feel tight, not drinking when I am past my limits, not eating past being full (work in progress). it’s simple but it’s difficult; but it’s not fair to ignore our body when it does its best to keep us alive. u/Affectionate_Case732

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