Gents,

We all know there are some downsides to getting older. But what are the good things?.

I am 20, so my experience is limited; but I enjoy family life more as I get older and seeing my younger siblings grow up, and find one builds better friendships as one matures.

Share you experience Gents.

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Perspective, and as Ray said...confidence. You begin to ease into your own skin a little more.
Wisdom. There's also the usual course of deciding what to do in your youth, then settling into it; and being settled can be good.
I second all of the things that have been mentioned before my post. Also, I am in my early thirties and I enjoy being treated more like an adult than I was in my twenties and younger. I've almost always acted more mature than my peers, but as I get older I've noticed the difference in the way people treat me.
Three things come to my mind. Knowing my God better. Knowing my wife better. And having more time to spend with both.
incredibly hot young Ladies barely into their 20s' seem to particularly enjoy flirting with me. I THINK it is because I am safe, and they feel that I won't take it to seriously.

I enjoy the companionship of a young Lady for the companionship.

I have much better taste in clothes, music, food and the like.

I am much better with money than I used to be.
What I gather from what you Gents posted so far:

1. Friendships get better.
2. One gets more Confident
3. One gets a greater sense of Perspective
4. One grows in Wisdom; feeling more settled.
5. Greater Courtesy is shown as your an Adult.
6. A Greater Understanding and Involvement with God and One's Love.
7. Smokin' Hot Dame's dig older Dudes!.

Any experiences you have to share; advice, or anything above you disagree with; Gents speak up and type hard!.
Priorities would sum up most of it. I'm only 26, but I've noticed over the last few years (especially being a dad, now) that I care about way fewer things. The things I do care about, though, I REALLY care about. You realise what's important, whose opinions of you are important, what you need to keep up with and what you can afford to let slide. You learn to do the really important things really well (such as looking after yourself and your family and pursuing your faith) which make the rest of life so much easier. Hunt down and destroy the little foxes which erode your ability to do the really important things really well.

Hopefully we get better at this as we get older ...
Ahhh perfect, you nailed my previous point in one sentence -- don't let little crap bother me anymore. I remember being a kid and I'd be all wound up over the most inconsequential stuff ...
Independence. Responsibility. Realizing you Dad was usually always right. Finding a wife. Watching your children play. The list goes on, and on.

In our youth crazed culture, more of us need to recognize the benefits of age.
I'm 31, and What I feel has been better with age is...

My Dad is my friend, not the adversary he was when I was a teen.
My friends who have stuck with me all these years will be with me till we die
I am not impulsive anymore
I enjoy little things more then I ever did before
Living without something is a vacation in and of itself (No cable in 4 years, etc)
I am constantly told I have become wise beyond my years, I think I just manned up.
My Marriage is stronger then it has ever been, and will continue to do so.
When you're old you don't look out of place wearing a good hat. People almost expect it of you.

You're not expected to follow fashion trends. You're expected to follow classic men's fashion.

Your parents get smarter and wiser the older you get.

Things make a lot more sense than they did when I was in my twenties, or even my thirties.

Women in their thirties and forties are way more sexual than women in their teens and twenties.

You're old enough to know that you don't know anything.

You can see your mistakes BEFORE you make them.

It takes time to get meaner than youth allows you to be. But, you're only mean when you have to be.

Your sword begins to feel like it really is a part of you.

You don't buy what the slick politicians are selling any more. You get harder to fool because you've see it all before. I'm watching the Carter administration all over again.

The older you get the more accurate your BS meter becomes.

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