I am too old to:
Wear makeup. There are excellent reasons why I stopped wearing it so soon after I started. It’s not something I ever plan to wear again. Life is so much nicer without it.
Stop for street hustlers. Toronto is full of people who want to introduce you to a new religion, collect donations for dubious charities, and sell you anything from used books to pencils to artwork. I have no time or energy to listen to any of these spiels.
Debate strangers online. Some people seem to thrive on getting into endless arguments about all kinds of topics online. I’m not one of them. I’ve never seen anyone’s mind change as a result of one of these fights. If anything, it seems to solidify whatever position you’ve already chosen regardless of what the topic is or what the evidence says. This isn’t even to mention that there are so many other ways to spend your free time. I’d much rather learn something about another planet that I hadn’t known before or make a new friend instead.
Explain things to people who don’t want to listen. Not everything in life needs to be explained in full detail. Sometimes no is both a complete sentence and a final answer.
Accept gender roles I never signed up for. For example, I’m not a big fan of cooking fussy holiday dishes at all. I definitely don’t make them on short notice or simply because it’s expected of me due to the fact that I’m a woman. Cooking is only something I find enjoyable when I’m doing it without all of the added pressure to be a “proper” woman that can accompany big holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas.
What are you too old to do?