Question 1: How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
I’m not going to lie, I was kind of confused by this question…probably not a good start but, I’m confused by lots of things. To make sense of the question, I made up a story in which I was born but, had no idea when so, I had to make up an age for myself.
If I had to make up an age for myself at this present moment, I would say that I was 25. In reality, I’m 23 swiftly approaching 24 (30 days and counting). To say that I am 25 seems logical to me. While I’m always told I look much younger than I am – I’ve been carded at rated R movies and asked to prove my age by the mall guards – I’m always told that I think and act much older.
I don’t disagree with either point. I think I’m starting to look my age but, in jeans and a t-shirt I look like I’m 19 at the oldest. I’ve always had a much easier time relating and conversing with people who are older than me though. Some of my greatest friends are 5-10 years older than me while only a couple them are my age.
I think a lot of this comes from the fact that I experienced many things at a younger age than most. I’ve also been very career focused since my early days of employment. I remember being 14 and wanting to apply for a job but, my mom was resistant because I was young and had school and extra curricular activities to worry about. I really wanted a job though and ended up being a page at the local library. When I was in college, I took on a strenuous professional position because I valued the real life experience. I could see what it would do for me in the future and I didn’t really want to mess that up by partying or acting like a twenty year old fool.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe that everyone shows their true age at points but, I try to keep that to a minimum. I am always learning and growing, both professionally and personally, and my age will always be a factor in that process.
Back to the question at hand, if I didn’t know what age I was, I would tell people I was 25 and I think that would be believable. It would also mean that I could stop hearing astonished remarks on how young I am when someone finds out my true age.
Your turn: How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?