Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How Old Do You Feel?

“How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?”
- Satchel Paige -

Every year we celebrate a birthday, and a new number is assigned to us. Does this influence how we age? Do we age faster because we count birthdays? Would it change anything if we didn’t?


Birthdays aside, how old do you feel? For me it varies. There are times when I feel like I’m in my teens, masquerading as an adult, never having truly matured into a proper grownup. The mirror tells a different story, of course, but my mind dismisses that.


Other days I feel well past my 49 years, especially during those periods when I overexert myself, and push my middle-aged body way past its abilities. The morning after aches and pains shatter my imaginary inner teen.


If I had to put a number to it, I’d say I generally feel like I’m in my mid to late 30s. I’m not sure how one is supposed to feel at that age, or any given age for that matter, but society has norms and expectations for each age group, and most days I don’t quite fit into the late 40s club. Most days.


I wonder how we’d feel and how we’d age if we didn’t count the years, and if we had no idea how old we truly are? How would this affect us mentally and emotionally?

How old do you feel?

26 comments:

  1. I feel my age. But my age is good. If you are a senior and you are healthy and fit it is a glorious time to be alive. Loved the cartoons though, I remember what it was like. bwa ha ha!

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    1. You are absolutely right, Francie. I think it's very important to eat as well as you can, and exercise to keep the body strong. And have a positive attitude! All those things combined help.

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  2. #479 is helpful. I always wondered what reaction I'd get if I went into McD's alone and ordered a Happy Meal. And I like the idea of an 'imaginary inner teen.'

    Keep a smile, Martha.

    xoRobyn

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    1. Well, you'll certainly get an amused smile! I know, because I order Happy Meals, and so does my husband. Why? Because they're just the right size!

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  3. Most days i don't feel 50, but some days i feel as 'advanced' as 80. Lol. It depend on what i've made my body do some days.

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  4. Generally I feel pretty good, except when I'm really pushing myself downhill skiing or hiking. Then I wish I had more stamina, although I suppose compared to most people I'm doing great. Last year, when I turned 60, my gift to myself was to stop coloring my hair. I look so much better now, and I've saved a ton since I used to have it done professionally.

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    1. I bet that saved you a lot of money! Good for you.

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  5. Haha! I'm getting more of those "platinum" highlights all the time! Physically some days I feel my age and other days I feel really old. My spirit will always be young at heart! I don't think numbers really matter.

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    1. As long as your spirit stays young, you'll always be one step ahead!

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  6. Good question, Martha! I think our culture is WAY too concerned about age....to the point that I feel it is a very unhealthy way to look at a life, no matter what age.
    Old age in our culture (anything over 40) is frowned upon and 'youth' is honoured to the point of distraction.
    Most days I feel, in my head, that I am the same as I was in my late teens and early 20's but my body will remind me that that is no longer true. Age is just a number. It's what we do with this life that counts.
    Good posdt.

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more, Jim. It certainly is a very unhealthy way to look at life...this terrible obsession with youth and beauty. How sad that we don't fully embrace every stage of life; each one has something special to offer. Yes, my body does remind me that I'm not as youthful physically as I once was, but inside, my spirit is as young as ever!

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  7. I can no longer say I am 39 (like Jack Benny always used to say) now that I celebrated 39 years of marriage. LOL
    But I do feel like I am 39 and that is a good thing.
    I don't mind get older and cherish each day I am given.

    Great post, Martha.
    And you look 'like a kid'
    Keep smiling kiddo.

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    1. Yes, that is a great thing, Margie! You've got to feel young inside, and live each day with passion! We can't keep the body from aging, but we shouldn't stop living.

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  8. I range from about 16 to 80. My platinum highlights give me away though.

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  9. ah I can take rough handling, it never really occurred to me growing old, it just happened one day I looked in the mirror and I said Hi Mom, 'cause I looked just like her, and that was fine with me, I'm a very strong introvert, and age has never ever bothered, don't know why....age never mattered to me it still doesn't, I know chances are I'll live well at least until 65, that would be perfect you know, maybe it's because I know that a soul can't die, and finally I'll get my house, finally I'll see my mom and my Sammi again so age, does not affect me...my dream is that I get hit by a car (once my cats have gone to heaven) while taking photos and having time to take a photo of heaven and have my \Nikon fall to earth with proof of heaven, hey am I hopeful or what...of course I'm sure I'll be scared at the moment of passing but I'll bounce back fast ;) and shut up you look about 29....lol

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    1. That's a great attitude, Lorraine! Think young, live young, feel young. Why can't how old we are? What does it matter, really? We can't stop the clock from ticking, so we may as well just enjoy every single moment we have.

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  10. Found this neat quiz for you Martha http://www.biological-age.com/index.html# It told me I am 18 years younger than my real age woot woot

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  11. As long as I don't feel a day older than 500 I'll be good

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  12. I dunno. Interesting thought though. And I love the last sign.

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    1. That shipping and handling keeps getting higher as I get older :)

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  13. As you know, I had a period a couple of years ago where I really did feel 70 or 80. Before that, I felt like I was in my 20's. These days, I feel like I'm in my late 20's until I (like you) over do it and the body is a little stiff the next day. Age is only a number. It really is how we feel inside that counts. That being said, it was a shock to look in the mirror one day and see some new rolls around the middle to go along with those "dimples" that magically showed up on my legs. Ha, ha. It's just a number and life is good!

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    1. I agree, Cathy. It really is just a number, and we should enjoy every day that we have. I think if we spend more time focusing on how old we are, we age faster physically and mentally.

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