Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Concealing One's Age

Nothing, in my opinion, is a better indication that one considers oneself a complete failure than concealing one's age. Sadly, most people don't understand that it isn't their age that's the problem. It's their unhappiness with what they have made of their lives. Of course, people will say that it's their response to the high value that our culture places on youth. The truth is, however, that they are the ones who keep youth worship in place because of their need to pretend that everything can still change and save them from the dreariness of their lives. 

1 comment:

fairykarma said...

I agree.

Once, a 70 year old woman who looked like she was in her 40s kicked my butt thoroughly in a pushup competition. There's something to be said about destroying the male ego through the traditional measure of virility, physical prowess.

Needless to say, I don't pay attention to chronological age anymore. For most purposes, it's completely irrelevant. Similarly, I feel uncomfortable telling people my true age lest I be judged by some nonexistent standard for that age group. I'm always going to be me regardless of my age, so focus on me, not the number.