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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

How OLD are you in YOUR MIND?????

I remember my mom telling me (a few months before she died at 80 yrs. old) that in her mind, she still pretty much felt like she was in her late 30's. She said she often looked in the mirror and didn't believe she was really the "old lady" she saw in the mirror. She didn't have dementia, she was sharp as a tack until her last day.
I know exactly what she means, as many of us over 35 knows. Somewhere in your brain, as you still think of yourself as a certain "set" age. With me, its about 37 I think.
So, if you are over 35, what age do you really feel in your brain?

My cousin sent me this video and it reminded me of these sentiments exactly:
(Don't worry, it is not as bad as you think it will get!) Turn up your sound, too:

So, how old do you really feel in your mind????


Kathy said...

That was funny! I'm 53 and I feel like I'm in my late 30's. By the way, I'm a new reader to your blog and I'm sure enjoying it. This was great!

The Retired One said...

Kayceebeebee: Welcome aboard! I will check out your blog too. Thanks SO much for becoming a follower. I love to have people read my blog regularly--it gives me incentive and motivation to write more often! Thanks!

Insanitykim said...


I AM 35...I often feel like I am 21...until the aches and pains throw me forward to at least the 32-ish range so...ummm

Should I have even commented? I barely make the cut, don't I?

*running into the corner to hide*

The Retired One said...

Insanity Kim: Don't worry, as you age you will remain 32=ish and you will notice the difference much more between the mirror and the mind. 32 is not a bad place to be!!hahaaaaaa

Ramblin Mama said...

I remember 32!!!! (Fondly) Those were the days!!!

Rick (Ratty) said...

I don't think I think of myself as any set age, but I do think of myself as younger than I actually am.

Loree said...

I'm 38 but I feel like my brain is stuck somewhere in the 18-21 range (I know I need to grow up and mature)...the rest of me feels more or less my age though.

rainfield61 said...

I always forget about my age before I do a calculation. I am young no matter what number it is.

The Retired One said...

Ramblin Mama: Thanks for commenting! Feel free to click on "follow my blog" to become a regular! Yes, 32 was a good year!!

Ratty: I think that is the tendency..except when I was in my teens, of course you think of yourself as about 21. ha

Loree: Don't worry, if you think of yourself as that young, you will keep your energy longer.

Rainfield61: I have to do the same thing! I guess that means we feel age is irrevalant? When people ask me my age, I often say my husband's age instead (and he is 2 years older !)

Anonymous said...

Ok, maybe 2 times is a charm. Tried to do this earlier and the innernets were against me.

I am only 33, but really I feel 17. Why?

1. I still break out every.single.month.
2. I still don't have a clue about fashion.
3. Besides writing, I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up.
4. When my children ask me hard questions, I so am thinking, dude, how am I supposed to know?
5. Did I mention the acne thing?
6. The hair. This area did not improve with age. I give up on stylish hair.
7. I love young adult movies and literature. It drives my husband crazy.
8. I think guys like Zack Efron are dreamy. The fact I'm 33 only makes me feel like a pedophile.
9. Dude, the acne, it's worth noting 3 times. I'm a wee bit put out by this.
10. I look no different than when I was 17. Except wider.

Ann said...

Gosh I hadn't thought about an age but I do often think I couldn't possibly be as old as I am. A few times I have had someone ask if I am a senior citizen and when I say yes, they said I didn't look it. Liar or not it made my day!

The Retired One said...

Kearsie: Maybe each pimple is wisdom popping out that your brain couldn't hold any longer? I know women who had acne in their teens, then it goes away for years and then with menopause, they get it back. Oops. Sorry. Didn't mean to ruin your day.
And the hair thing? I have never been blessed with stylish hair. What is that anyway? You are lucky to have kept your youthful looks, even if it has

Grannyann: And what age IS a senior citizen anyway? AARP calls it 50 (Pul-leese!!??), some places call it 55, some call it 60, some call it 62 and some call it 65. WTF???
It is all so random. Besides, we have already lost good friends to cancer and accidents,so every day I live another day is a good day, right?

Anonymous said...

My dad was the same way in his 80s. He'd say I don't feel like I'm this old. I'm 55 and feel like I'm still about 25!

The Retired One said...

Karen: You are a new commenter: so glad you joined us! Your Dad sounds like my mom.
If you like my blog,I would love it if you would click on "followers" in the top left hand corner of my blog and become a regular reader. (If you haven't already). I love to have lots of followers, because writing is my passion and it gives me incentive to keep writing if I have a lot of readers and commments!!! Welcome aboard!!

jessica said...

Somewhere between 16 and 29, and I am chronologically 60 (ugh). But being attracted to a new man in my life, and my juvenile reactions/attractions to him are making me feeling quite young, even juvenile. If I talk on the phone for 30 minutes with him, I can tell you that NOTHING much of what we say, is worth repeating. Not that it's so much mushy-mushy (but I do love that song, "I've Got a Brand-New Girlfriend") stuff, but just like a couple of teens wanting to hear each other's voices. Sigh... Makes me feel giddy and stupid, and here I am, close to retirement!

The Retired One said...

Jessica: Isn't it weird? The body doesn't have a clue that our minds are in a WAY different place.
I am so gosh-durn happy for ya'! Funny how all of those "old" giddy feelings cropped up again after all these years, huh? Luv (or lust!) will do that to a woman and wake up those old forgotten feelings. A good sign that no matter what the age, there is still fire in the furnace!

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