My first reaction when I hear that is, Why, Thank You! But then its, Wait! WHAT? I am NOT THAT old! Really. I don’t feel old. I am older than I used to be, but I am far from old! I am sure, like many of you, I feel pretty much the same inside as I always have. The only time I might ‘feel’ different is when someone reminds me that I don’t “look that old”! Well, then there’s the commercials for “Senior” housing for those 55 and older. I wonder, HOW is 55 a SENIOR? Then there is that dreaded box that I have had to start checking this year. You know the one. The one that wants to know how old you are. The box that says 55-64. And then I see there is only one more after that. Ouch. And then there are mirrors. Which for the most part, aren’t too bad yet. But then there are pictures. Sometimes I will see a picture of me and be taken aback somewhat. That person in those pictures does not look like me. Not the me I see in my mind’s eye. Not the me that I feel I am inside. Inside, I hope, I will always remain young!
But really, what is 55 supposed to look like? Why do people think I should look OLD? (And trust me, it isn’t always a younger person saying it! ) Maybe next time someone says that, I should ask them just that. How old am I supposed to look? Describe a 55 year old face! What do you suppose, they would do?
Do you ever have someone say that to you? How does it make you feel?