Is Age truly just a Number?

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When we were younger, we couldn’t wait to grow older. Now that we are older, we reminisce about our ‘younger days’. The fickle human mind! Without realising it we also tend to sort people according to their age. Teenagers have it all. 20 year olds are carefree. 30’s mean going down the hill. 40 is mature. After 50, you might as well be invisible, that is how much one matters.

Little surprise then that the song, ‘I8 till I Die’ is still a super hit!

I have met people from all age brackets. Some ‘fit the bill’, so as to say, and some don’t.


Very recently I meet a Lady over dinner. 55 years old, or around that number, is what I assumed her age would be. Our Husbands are business associates and since we were visiting their city they graciously invited us out to dinner.

I have to say though, that I wondered what I would talk to her, and them.

Since our Husbands were stuck in a meeting in the conference room when we got to the office, we both waited outside. And we started talking.

We talked away. About books. Travel. Food. The topics sprung out of nowhere and our words gushed out, falling over each other in glee. She loves Bombay. We both love Pondy Bazar and Rathna Stores in Chennai. Food was an area you must experiment in, is what we agreed on. We also thanked the inventor of the Kindle from the bottom of our hearts.

We talked non-stop for 3 whole hours, and it was the most refreshing and happy conversation I’ve had with anyone in a while.

This lovely lady I met was brimming with energy. She loved her work, and was so excited and open about learning and exploring. Her enthusiasm for life was contagious. Meeting her was a shot in the arm I needed. I caught myself thinking, this is how I would like to be when I get to her age. And to think I was wondering what I would talk to her about!

Age is truly just a number. It is what you are that makes you interesting, or not. Click To Tweet You could be a massive bore to someone at 18 or 22. Or you could be an amazing 50 or 70 year old to someone else.

This experience was an eye opener. I’ve learnt not to slot people by their age, and learnt the lesson well. Have you?

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  1. I completely agree with you. Age is just a number only if you allow it to be. Your heart and mind should be young. After that nothing else matters.

    1. Glad you agree, Deepa. Thanks for reading.

  2. Age is just a number and not a lot more. I too have seen the childish enthusiasm in 50 year olds and the maturity of an adult in teenagers. Grouping people helps but it’s not always very accurate.

    1. True that, Arjun. Thanks for reading.

  3. Having just turned 40 I can assure you that age is just a number. What we do, how we behave and whether we stay open to learning is what really matters.

    In that sense, I am still a wide-eyed, energetic 10 year old and happy to be one 🙂

    This was a lovely piece. I wish someone had captured the two of you on camera in animated conversation 🙂

    1. Thank you, Shailaja. I do regret not getting a pic with this wonderful lady. I bet she would have taken a better selfie than I do!:)

  4. thoughtful interesting motivational post

  5. We are only as old as we permit ourselves to be. Maturity or playfulness have no age. It is us who attach them to a certain age bracket. There are so-called ‘old’ people who’re more excited and active on social media too nowadays than youngsters. Age gracefully and with no regrets, that’s all.

    1. Thanks for reading, Varsha.

  6. Personally too I feel age is only a number and have always believed so for others too. Glad you shared this wonderful experience. Sometimes strangers teach us worthwhile lessons in life 🙂

    1. That is so true, Roma. Thank you for reading.

  7. Age definitely is a number …a number that denotes the years for which ‘the world’ has been enjoying with the person!
    I so secretly wish to age graciously like the lady you met, Mayuri.

    1. Me too, Anagha. She was such a positive influence! Thanks for reading.

  8. I remember having met a lady, probably around 45, who seldom celebrated her birthdays. She would stop others around too from wishing her or giving her any gifts on her borthday. Her logic- why celebrate a number. Why be reminded that this number is increasing.. She would thus do all that she wanted, and live life the way a thirty year old would.

    So true age is just a number. Its the heart and soul that determines your life

    1. Such a beautiful thought, Ramya , ‘So true age is just a number. Its the heart and soul that determines your life’
      Thanks for reading.

  9. just a number, which keeps increasing…. reminding us that we only live once

  10. Stumbled on your blog while I was going through the Master List of the A2Z Challenge.
    Age is indeed just a number. It’s definitely difficult to stereotype people depending upon their age.
    There are plenty of examples all around us.
    Age is also one other label, and doesn’t mean much.
    You are very right when you say, what a person is what matters; nothing else.
    Do visit by my blog. Don’t know if you would like the assorted topics I blog about.
    Take care,
    Pradeep | bpradeepnair.blogspot.in

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