Oh dang…….posted before ready, should stop pressing buttons just for fun……
To continue: ……used more by older folks, sometimes to say between the lines " I am younger than you think. But the reality is that most people do look their age. The aging process will take place regardless of whether you like it or not, no matter how many operations, or exercise, or health foods you eat. Maybe our need of saying “age is only a number” would not be so needed if our culture was not so fixated on “youth”. Every age is good, has a purpose, is programmed into our genes, like it or not. Scientifically speaking Life, is a process, and every age is a part of that process: 2 years or 99 years.
Not to say we should not try to live well and healthy, but for some reason, I think a lot of men…(sorry guys) like this expression as a way to justify finding inappropriately younger women to convince themselves that they are still young, and wanted.
The problem with this is that they are not on the same page in life, mentally, emotionally, and likely spiritually as well.
The other side to that is have you ever seen a young woman hang out with an older guy that is broke? Or does it take money to convince her?
I work in health care and know that age will claim you slowly back to the earth, regardless of much wealth you have. I have an issue with the expression “Age is just a number”, age is a lot more than just a number.
It is telling of how much longer you have to live, your health challenges, you wisdom, your spirituality, you accumulated knowledge, life experience, outlook on life/death, how you choose to use your money, able to sort out snake oil from the real stuff, choosing what to sweat or not, knowing what to value and discard, accepting your losses, accepting yourself and your life, and pondering what your purpose in life was, what you have given, contributed and received, pondering what you are grateful for, forgiving and on and on. So, yes, indeed I think age is a lot lot more than just a number.
Some may like to use this expression as a way to break away from the conventional, but why do we need to use a shallow expression such as age is just a number to try something not so conventional. Is it not kind of putting down those who are older and have accumulated a lot of wisdom over their lifetime by stating their age is just a number.
Age have been earned, and much has been learned about living/life over this time and it should be valued. Only valuing youth is shallow and boring, they just don’t have the richness of life experience yet, just a lot of hormones.
So the age number does matter, it it did not, we would not have actuaries, and many other occupations that deal with age/aging related topics. We all age and get older by the second. Oops, you are now 5 minutes older… tomorrow you will be more older…and hopefully wiser.