[age, aging, years, and time]

[age, aging, years, and time]

I was writing a comment on Bill Grandi’s blog and thought about something.

If someone asks you, “How old are you?”… What is your reaction?

Not sure about the US (after all, I gotta be Ukrainian once in a while), but over here it is almost impolite to ask a lady about her age. They avoid the question at all cost – rolling their eyes, asking “How old do you think I am?” (Basically asking for the person who asks to tell lies because you cannot really tell the lady how old she looks like)…

As for me, I am always happy to answer that question (whenever I remember how old I am, anyway – it takes time for me to get used to the fact that birthdays mean getting a year older :D)

I am 24 years or 8830 days old (here’s a handy calculator for counting the days / hours / minutes). I am happy to be given every day of those 24 years. There were lots of great days, there were a fair share of good days, and there were bad days, but I am still thankful for each day. If it was a great / good day, I enjoyed it to the fullest. If it was a bad day, I tried to find something I could learn from the reasons the day was bad, and as a result, looking back, I cannot say I had that many truly bad days.

It is funny to notice that kids usually try to be older: “I am almost six!” – “How old are you now?” – “Three!”

The older people, on the other hand, usually try to appear younger. “I am forty.” – “Really?” – “Well, going to turn 41 in a week, but I am 40.”

Also, a lot of people complain about their age, but truly – how many of those who complain that they are 60 years old would like to die when they were just 20? If you want to live a long life prepare for the fact that you’ll get older as the life goes on.

What do you think about this?

(And I am aware that I may have touched a sore subject for many – but I appreciate all kinds of feedback – if you feel that I am wrong – tell me – I promise I won’t delete your comment or put you in a black list ;-))

  • I feel older does that count? LOL. I am 34 almost 35.

    I agree with you 100%. I am thankful for everyday of my life. Even though I have made my share of bad decisions and had my portion of bad days, I praise God for all He has done in my life, and I look forward to what He may do.

    • 🙂 haha, well, we all feel older with time 🙂

  • My husband gave me three birthday parties to get me excited about turning 30 years old. It is not as bad as people have made it out to be. I agree with you Zee in saying that my age represents the number of years God has blessed me.

    Thanks for the post.

    • that sounds like a treat – to have three birthday parties 😀

      when i was a kid, it so happened a few times that mom had to be in the States on the day of my birthday (passing exams at the seminary), so on the actual birthday date i celebrated with my friends, then i celebrated with the family when mom came, and then one more time at Church 😀 i loved it. felt like my birthday just goes on and on 🙂

  • Zee: first, thanks for the shout out. Second, I don't mind people asking me how old I am but then again, I am a guy. I do like people being surprised when they find out I am 57. They say I look younger. 🙂 I hate that question when a lady will ask me. I purposely guess low or joke about the 29 or 39. I remember when I was young thinking how old my parents were but then also thinking how nice it would be to be 16 or 21 or whatever. now that I am 57 I sometimes catch myself wishing I was younger with the knowledge I now have.

    Question: I follow Michelle's (Misha) blog also. Is she Ukrainian also?

    • you're welcome 🙂

      for me – usually people think i am older… not the way i look, but the way i act (at least that's what they say)… we'll see what they will say when i will grow up 😀

      dunno. that's a question to Michelle 🙂

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