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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?