How Old Would You Be If You Didn't Know How Old you Are?
I don't claim that this is an original question, but I find it to be an interesting one. It came up in a conversations with friends recently and I have been wondering about it since. I talk a lot about how much I love being a grandmother, but I sometimes find it hard to believe that I am actually old enough to have been a grandmother for nine years this month. I've already outlived my mother by nearly a dozen years, and because she died at 51, there was a time when I'm sure I never expected to reach the age I am now.
I feel lucky that, as yet, there's not much that I want to do that I can't do because of my age. As far as how old I feel, there are times when it comes to things like being as mature as I should be about some things I feel like I am about 12. When it comes to my attitude about some other things, like little girls wearing sexy clothes or teenage boys wearing their pants around their hips with their underwear showing, I'm probably nearer to 70.
The common thing that we all said in my conversation with my friends was that we all still feel like we have always felt on the inside. The outside, however, has it's own tale to tell. Sometimes when I am shopping with my daughters and we pass a mirror in a store, I feel a little shocked that I actually look older than they look.
I can't help thinking that doing our best to stay young on the inside can't be anything but a benefit to the outside of ourselves. These people say it well:
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
There is still no cure for the common birthday.
If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart.
The spirit shoul never grow old.
John Kenneth Galbraith
Age is an issue of mind over matter, if you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come into contact with a new idea.
I can honestly and maybe gratuitously say that I feel young for my age, at least young at heart.
How old would you be if you didn't know how old your are?