Thousands of users have responded to a Reddit post asking for the exact moment when people realised they were getting old

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People often say they never really feel their age. However, every now and again, something happens which reminds us that we’re not as youthful as we once were.

It could be something as simple as realising you’d now be in the 25 and over group on X-Factor, or that you no longer recognise any artists being played on the radio.

On Reddit, user pinky0926 asked the website: “What was the first moment you thought ‘C***p, I’m actually not young anymore’?

Over 12,000 users responded, so it’s clearly a topic that resonates with a lot of people.

Many referred to medical care, and the fact their bodies can’t deal with the same battering they once could.

“I broke my toe and it healed in the wrong place, which causes me pain when I walk,” said user John_Wilkes. “After several doctors visits have made it clear I can’t fix it, I’ve now realised that this is just the first of those minor things that will go wrong with my body that I’ll have with me the rest of my life.”

“When injuries started to take longer to heal, if at all,” user culanap said.

“It took me more than 2 weeks to heal from falling, from freaking falling !!” jmo_joker said.

NonsequiturSushi said he knew he was getting on when: “I went to a doctor and he was younger than me.”

Kikinator5000 added: “I woke up feeling hungover and thought ‘ugh I drank too much last night’ then I realized I hadn’t had anything to drink at all. I just woke up feeling like crap for no reason.”

Others feel older because they’re suddenly in a new demographic.

“When I interviewed and hired someone born in 1996 – the year I graduated,” said user compostedpancakes.

“Going from checking ’18 to 24′ to checking ’25 to 34.’ :(” added raouldukesaccomplice.

And 1piedude11 said the feeling came when: “I had to switch over to the ‘oldies’ station to listen to the music that came out while I was in high-school.”

For some, gifts suddenly became more practical.

“Christmas…” said justjoshingu. “Is this 12 pairs of socks? And six boxers???? For me? For Christmas??? Awesome, I needed those. So Happy.”

“I asked for a power cord and a bottle of liqour for my birthday,” said cowbeef01. “I really needed a power cord so yeah.”

“I got excited about purchasing a vacuum cleaner,” said Hands_Of_40.

And for others, they realise some career paths are no longer possible.

“When I realized there were certain life paths that were flat out closed to me now,” said zombie_dance_party. “Be in the Olympics? Nope. Should have started training decades ago. Air traffic controller? Nope. Past the max age to train for it. All the armed forces? Off limits. Even in my own career, I’m pretty much a dinosaur at this point.”

“I’d say it was when I started to notice all the celebrities were younger than me,” pinky0926 said. “Musicians and sports stars especially. They’re f****** retiring at my age and I don’t even feel like my career has started.”

And then there are the slightly more random ones.

“Spent 40 minutes just inspecting my lawn and taking mental notes of what needs to be done. And having fun doing so,” said user _Reporting.

IronMermaiden added: “When Justin Timberlake was no longer known as ‘a member of Nsync’ and was more notably ‘that attractive singer who does stuff with Jay-Z.'”

From admiralkit: “Someone explained to me that Ariana Grande wasn’t a font.”

And finally, from BrawndoTTM: “Anyone who knows more than 151 Pokemon needs to get off my lawn.”

You can read the full thread on Reddit here.