When did everyone become so young?

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People in TV shows have all become very young all of a sudden. Why are there so few old people? I know what you’re thinking – I’m not a spring chicken anymore and suddenly aware that I’m older than lots of people. TV shows have always been full of young people, I just didn’t notice it so much before. But why does it have to be this way? Why aren’t there TV shows about old people? Or better yet, middle-aged people?

In my 30s I had the odd grey hair that I could yank out. Now I have streaks of it which, if I yanked out, would create bald patches. However, I quite like my grey hairs now and make no effort to disguise them. I don’t think we should disguise age because it further promotes the youth-centric ideal. Frown lines, grey hairs, saggy bits, are nothing to be ashamed of and need not be hidden.

We all know they’re still there. Kindness and personality are what make us beautiful. Not botox, hair colour, and lip fillers. I don’t need glasses yet but I have noticed my focal point is moving further away from me and I’m having to stretch things out in front of me to read things.

I did a self-test ferritin blood test today. It’s one of those DIY iron tests that they post to you, you squeeze as much blood out of your finger as you can, then send it back to the lab for testing. A few months ago I was feeling very tired and thought I might be low in iron. It’s always hard to get a GP appointment and then you have to go back for a second appointment for the blood test and I don’t have time for that so I just got some over-the-counter tablets and immediately felt better. Now I’m wondering whether my levels are back to normal and I can stop taking tablets but I have no idea other than I’m feeling full of energy again. I thought I’d give the self-test a go but you have to squeeze out a lot of blood and it was harder than I was expecting. At one point I had managed to get blood everywhere except in the vial – it was smeared over all my fingers and my desk with just the tiniest of drops where I wanted it to be. In the end I managed to fill the vial up to the line and will keep my fingers crossed that it works and returns a sensible result.