You know you are old when your decision tree alters drastically. My decision tree has changed for most of my choices in life.
Where to go for dinner?: Is no longer determined by hunger, finances, taste, fun factor, newness, and simple curiosity. Now, I decide on where to go to dinner, by how far or how long it would take to get back to a safe, clean bathroom. In my youth, we would go to diners, and places like IHOP because they were cheap, affordable, and open into wee hours of the night. Now they are my favorite restaurants, because I want to have breakfast for dinner, and I want my dinner to not be a surprise. Some of these new fangled restaurants just cannot put food on a plate, without sparklers, foam, or some inedible piece of art. Why must my BLT, have organically grown beet slices, lamb, taro root, and wasabi mayonnaise, on a bacon shaped, artisan, gluten free roll? I just want bacon, lettuce and tomato, with mayo, on rye, is that asking to much?
What to do with an asshole?: The young me, would have punched the guys lights out. The pre-grandfather me, would have attempted to smart ass him into submission, pushed him to make the first move, and then punched his lights out. The new grandad me, thought about not seeing the kid from across the bars, during visitation days.
What car to buy?: Cool, was all I thought about. How much cool can I buy with the amount of money I had, or could afford to borrow. Now, I am still looking for cool, but my definition of cool has changed. Fuel economy is now cool. Folding, automatically, and invisibly, back row seats are cool. Captain's chair, with cup-holder, and scotch-guard, is helluva cool. Built in cooler, and lockable storage spaces is almost orgasmicly cool.
Sex?: Youth answer was yes, please! Old answer: What time is it? Did I take my meds? If we do this, will I be able to get up in time for work tomorrow? Did I stretch? Am I clean? When was the last time I ate, and do I need to go first? Did I drink enough water today? Did I feed the cats?
What other questions have changed your decision tree, because of your age?