How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

Originally posted 1/22/07

A friend of mine gave me a magnet that has that sentiment on it.  It says it’s by “anonymous”, but I’m fairly certain that Satchel Paige is credited with saying it.  My son says he would be 46, which is rather perplexing to me, but then, he does that to me quite often.

I turned 36 yesterday.  I don’t know what I thought 36 would feel like, but this ain’t it.  I’m closer to 40 than I am to 30 now and while my body probably feels closer to 36, my mind is still at 16.  Not from a maturity standpoint, but generally speaking, I feel like the exact same person I was back then.  Aging doesn’t freak me out…I’ve learned to appreciate that the years bring wisdom, but I think we tend to stereotype how people “are” at certain ages.  It really makes me wonder — if there were no numbers and people didn’t know how ‘old’ they were, would they age as quickly as they do?

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