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    Can you ever be to old to....

    At the age of 24 I still love building lego sets but, i've been told that i'm to old for this... is there actually an age you should stop having fun? I mean if it bring you joy and it keep you out of trouble, the what's the problem? I know some adults spend 10's of thousands on model trains and they make some of the most awesome setups i've seen. Any thoughts on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloud23465 View Post
    At the age of 24 I still love building lego sets but, i've been told that i'm to old for this... is there actually an age you should stop having fun? I mean if it bring you joy and it keep you out of trouble, the what's the problem? I know some adults spend 10's of thousands on model trains and they make some of the most awesome setups i've seen. Any thoughts on this?
    Stopping that just because you're 24 makes about as much sense as the argument that 53 year old middle aged men should stop watching Disney cartoon shows. Go for it, man. If you enjoy, it doesn't matter how old you are.
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    Only if you allow yourself to grow old mentally Cloud, I know guys in their 80s that are still active model railroaders or fly RC airplanes. Most of the people that I have met that give people a hard time about anyone playing with something fall into H. L. Menken's definiton of a puritan, the rest are just annoyed because they can't overcome other people's opinions enough to enjoy themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeriddian View Post
    Stopping that just because you're 24 makes about as much sense as the argument that 53 year old middle aged men should stop watching Disney cartoon shows. Go for it, man. If you enjoy, it doesn't matter how old you are.
    This is true... But whats makes people wanna say something like this? Life's tough enough with the way the world is... so why kill the little bit of enjoyment to life someone gets? I know most of the adult males in my family build or work on cars... its just not as much fun to me so I do what i enjoy and get hated on for it. Were not all the same so why try to be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloud23465 View Post
    [But whats makes people wanna say something like this? Life's tough enough with the way the world is... so why kill the little bit of enjoyment to life someone gets? I know most of the adult males in my family build or work on cars... its just not as much fun to me so I do what i enjoy and get hated on for it. Were not all the same so why try to be?
    That's rough, man.

    I have no problem telling people that I am obsessed with KP and that I write fanfiction about her and her world. In fact, people thinking I am crazy is kinda cool.

    However, I am not in your position. I do not have relatives seriously getting on my case about it. I don't know ... maybe they don't realize how important it is to you or how much their criticism hurts.

    Perhaps they think that by goading you, you might "straighten up." If you let them know that this is who you are and that what they are saying will not change you but only stir up resentment against them, maybe they'll ease off.

    Wish I had better advice.
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    Seems to me a clear waste of judgement thing. Everyone has childish traits (i.e. corners of one's character that were already there when you were a child). Many people are so afraid of some outward signs that they ignore core elements. There's enough people who "do adult things" but can't behave like an adult should if it comes to conflicts - the whole "fight to win" thing is one of these cases: In a society based on mutual restriction you can't have all you want. Except what you want doesn't hinder/harm anyone else.
    As long as you can take the responsibility adulthood includes you can spend your spare time at any harmless activities soever.
    Better calm and kind in front of a TV showing kids' shows than arrogant and ruthless while...well, what do adults do? Even those people who claim that their whole life is dedicated to working for their family can't say they wouldn't do it without enjoying anything about it.

    Well, don't listen to people judging other people's hobbies by non-legal measurements.

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    You're never too old to be a child at heart. Frankly, is there any other way to keep joy in your life?
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    Cloud... Think of it this way... How old are the people producing the sets you build?

    How old are most Lego experts?

    Alot older than you and I...

    I was told I am too old for Lego sets, and I'm 19... And I still go to the Lego store in the Mall of America everytime I go just to see all the new stuff... Don't let people tell you who they think you should be...

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    Thanks everyone. It's good to see that i'm not the only one that thinks that idea's crazy.

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    This reminds me of an episode of Dr. Laura I listened to in which a caller asked for advice on how to get her boyfriend to stop playing video games. Dr. Laura's response was that video games are "childish" and that she should tell her boyfriend that she doesn't feel like he's being a "man" when he plays video games. Now I tend to respect Dr. Laura's opinions, but really, video games and "manliness"?

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