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14 May 2013 @ 02:05 pm
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So...much later this year I will be turning 40. I have an 18 yo son, and his friends are my "honorary" sons and they will actually sit and chat/joke with me for hours. It's pretty nice. I don't look my age either. I am constantly being carded, or when I go to gigs at colleges I get asked for my student ID. Last week I was asked if I was an art student at the university I was working at.

I've never felt old. In fact, it annoys the hell out of me when people talk about being 30 and being old. It's absolutely ridiculous. I am definitely a subscriber to the Roma saying "One is only as old as his heart".

BUT...I was working a university gig (for those who don't know, I'm a professional body painter/temp tattoo artist/airbrush artist) and the kids came up and asked me questions like...how long have you been doing this? The answer crashed down on me...longer than you've been alive. *sigh*

Still, I didn't feel old. Just that I've been doing this a loooooong while. lol

Then again, I don't know what it means to feel young either. I think the closest I've been to feeling an age was when I was recovering from my coma. I couldn't walk, more shuffle. Breathing was painful and I was tired after 10 minutes. In those moments I imagined that was what late 90's feels like. Beyond that, I've always just felt like me.

What does it mean for you to feel old, or young? Where, for you, does that come from?

Katniliwen on May 15th, 2013 03:37 am (UTC)
I've been wondering about this. I turned 24 last month, and that officially puts me on the borderline of the 'youth' sector as defined by our government.

I'm more used to being disjointed: too young chronologically and emotionally for my mind. I only felt 'my age' or completely whole when I was 21. Then I went to med school and things got thrown off-kilter.
betweenthelynesbetweenthelynes on May 16th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC)
What does it mean for you to feel old, or young? Where, for you, does that come from?
I've felt old since I was 22. Doesn't really mean anything to me, just that I've lived, had experiences and been traumatized.
Desert_Rosedesert_rose on May 17th, 2013 12:50 am (UTC)
I'm 41, and I don't feel any different to when I was in my 20's or 30's.

Sure, physical changes happen as we get older, but I think largely there is a psychological element to turning 30, 40 etc.

I still have the same energy and enthusiasm I did 10 years ago, and in some ways that has increased from when I was in my 20's as there is so much I want to do.

Like you, I've been told I look a lot younger than I am, which is fine with me. I am also young at heart, which people also probably pick up on. I love to be silly and have a good laugh with friends and coworkers who are also young at heart. I don't think this is restricted to someone in their 20's, but so many older people I've met don't seem to feel the same way.

Aquarius Galuxyaquarius_galuxy on May 19th, 2013 09:52 am (UTC)
I don't know about feeling young or old, I just feel like me. =p Perhaps tending towards the side of feeling young, but then again, the fiance is 33 years biologically older than me, and we're doing silly things all the time. =p

Where it comes to maturity/wisdom though, I feel a lot older than people my age. So when combined with doing silly things, I am both pretty young and pretty old at the same time =p