Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.
You’re probably familiar with the old expression, “You’re only as old as you feel.” Or maybe you’ve been told by someone at some point to “act your age.” Or perhaps you, yourself, when asked your age, have said, “Age is just a number.”
Well, that brings me to this week’s provocative question(s).
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?
*If you’re uncomfortable revealing your actual age, maybe you can just say something like, “I’m in my twenties.” Or fifties. Or “I’m a senior citizen.”
I turned 58 last November.
So that’s one part of the question answered.
When I was younger, I used to think that forty was a ripe old age. In school, I would imagine my self being 39 when the 21st century would start and it used to look ancient to me.
Boy, how my outlook has changed.
Before I turned 50, I was not in good health. Both my knees were in a bad state and taking over the counter pain meds for them was playing havoc with my gastric and renal health. At that time I felt old and sick.
And then magic happened. I turned 50 and my doctor agreed to perform the knee replacement surgery on my right knee. I started walking, cut down on my pain meds drastically, and started feeling much better. Three years later I got the other knee replaced and slowly worked to restore my health.
To say that I feel much younger now than I did at 50 would be true. I feel much younger than my age now, fitter, and happier.
Good health and self-care can do that. The fact that I was diagnosed with type II diabetes last October has given me the added incentive to lose weight and eat healthy.
Do I act my age?
Sometimes I am this mature 58+ years old woman who is sensible. And sometimes I just act like a happy twenty-something, going with the flow. I think that it’s a privilege we earn when we reach a certain age. To behave as we like and not be bothered by the conventions or opinions.
Acting according to your age is perhaps mandatory for younger people. For people like me, it’s not necessary at all.