Interesting. I find that same thing in my own family...my MIL who is right off the boat Italian, always has been VERY Catholic, now says things just like that when we are talking. I always thought that people became MORE religious as they got older because they were, as Roger Waters put it, shorter of breath and one day closer to death. I find that in my own little circles, it is quite the opposite.
Ask yourself, "When Iím on my deathbed, will I be glad I was so serious about _______?" Let down your hair and stop being so darn important for a while.