open to interpretation

May 6, 2014 § 1 Comment

we live in a youth-obsessed society, always wanting and trying to stop the age clock. a woman in her 40’s is delightfully grateful of being told that she looks 10 years younger. 50 is the new 40.. 40 is the new 30, the magic age number keeps on continuously shrinking. i would be lying if i said that i didn’t care about getting older and although i do try and believe in the notion of aging gracefully, i will admit to my day being made on those rare occasions when carded for a drink. with that being said i’m sure most, if not all of you, much prefer to be viewed as younger to older.

then i got to thinking, how would it feel to be initially thought of as older only to then find out your much younger age? would that have more of a lasting impact on how we are viewed by others in terms of our age? someone that we think is young only to find that they’re not or someone we think is older than they really are, which is better? it might depend upon where we place emphasis, appearing as younger than we really are or the actual chronological number of our age. this is to say that it may prove more satisfying to initially appear older only to find that we are younger, thus the viewpoint now stands that we are young, as opposed to our initial youthful appearance only to find that we are older resulting in the idea of being old. so in essence, it is open to interpretation on which is more desirable, to look young and not be young or to look old and not be old. neither seems good nor bad.

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§ One Response to open to interpretation

  • The problem is being us being manipulated by marketeers into worrying about age. In writing this, I don’t know how old you are and you don’t know how old I am and I would suggest neither of us would worry about any real age difference – why then should either of us give consideration to age if we were to meet?

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