You’re as Old as you Feel.

My Dad once said he felt like a sixteen year old and my Mum said he couldn’t have one.
He was in his forties at the time, but it gives you an idea of their sense of humour, and they were married for almost 46 years.
As for us, Hubby and I act our shoe size (11 and 7 respectively) but there are days when we feel old, past it, and sitting in God’s waiting room.

Acting your age is almost impossible as everyone sees Age differently. It’s not necessarily to do with how you look (last year, a lovely lady said I only looked 50) either, as a young outlook can belie the actual years on the clock.  I can also attribute that to the fact that I still have most of my natural hair colour, though the Rogue streaks are getting more like dual carriageways than a single track now and although not bad for an old trout at 64, my skin isn’t as flawless as hers.
But what if it goes the other way?
I mentioned to a fellow dog walker who was thinking of joining SW that there was a discount for the over 60s………. she was only 54!
Then an elderly acquaintance was most put out when I mentioned the free TV licence and demanded to know how old I thought she was as she was only 62 (licences are free for the over 75s, or are at present until TPTB move the goalposts and means test our pensioners).
Some years ago, the daughter of a friend of my mother’s believed I was Mum’s grand daughter. Heaven forbid if my sister ever got wind of it being thought she was my Mum !

Na. I’m 64 and Hubby loves me, wrinkles, flabby bits, warts and all.

Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #71

How old are you and how old do you feel — older or younger than your actual chronological age? Do you generally act your age? And what does “acting your age” mean to you?

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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30 Responses to You’re as Old as you Feel.

  1. Liz says:

    I’m 44. I still get mistaken for being younger. I don’t know if that’s still in my late 20’s I look, or early 30’s when people think that. But it used to be mid 20’s to late 20’s.
    When people question my age, they look at me like I am fibbing.

    I have always felt younger. But I couldn’t give an age.
    Rare moments, in the last 2 years, I have stared a couple of times at myself and said, I starting to feel old.

    As for behaving my age. I can be silly when I want to. But how silly depends on who I am with.

  2. Sadje says:

    You’ve answered it so wisely.

  3. willowdot21 says:

    I am 67 years old but I do not feel it. I do my best to think young stay active and healthy. I am 20 in my head, my body often disagrees I just talk to body body very sternly and insist I am young and healthy 🌹….just like you! My feet are size 3 and occasionally that’s the age I act. 💜💜💜

  4. joyroses13 says:

    Enjoyed your post. Wonderful about your parents sense of humor! That is an awesome thing to have and glad they passed it on to you. LOL about you opening your mouth and inserting your foot! I know that feeling!
    I have one of those BIG birthday’s coming at the end of the year. I’ll be 50. Do I feel like it? No, except when my knees bother me or when I forget something! Do I act like it? Welllll……I love to laugh and have fun! I We all need times of laughter, keeps you young and makes life a lot more enjoyable! 🙂

  5. Fandango says:

    If this is a duplicate comment, feel free to delete it.

    Your story about assuming people were older than they actually were reminded me of the time I was in a grocery store and asked a woman when her baby was due. She looked at me very indignantly and told me that she wasn’t pregnant. Oops!

    • That actually happened to me too, a shop assistant we’d become chatty with asked me when my baby was due and I had to tell her I was just fat. We laughed about it, but I felt really sorry for her .

  6. murisopsis says:

    When I retired there were many who were taken aback as they thought I was much younger! It is only a number…

    • I took a retirement package at 50, and was looking forward to my state pension at 60, then the government moved the goalposts and I had to wait an extra 6 years, so my little pot had to see me through 15 years, not 9 as I was 51 when I stopped work.

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