Humans do not age similarly. Physically, there would be differences depending on lifestyles and other factors including the environment where one lives. Even one’s emotional well-being could either add or subtract traces of the years one has spent in this world.
There are times we lie about our age: call it anything you like but we often wish we could be younger.
On the contrary, there are times being old has its advantages: financially, that is.
When the local law was passed a couple of decades ago to give benefits to those aged 60 and above, the euphoria was short-lived. The dilemma was obvious: tell one’s exact age and partake of the bonanza or not to admit at all, preferring to live a lie without receiving the legislated perks.
Then, there are those who wish to avail of the benefits but do not pass the minimum requirement of age. What to do?
They copy what I call the teenager solution: proclaim to be older even if one could not prove it.
In the case of those who has not reached the threshold, instead of lying about their age to be seen as younger, they actually claim that they are sixty or over. They might even edit their age on identification cards just to satisfy those curious why they appeared young at such advance age.
Frankly, I envy senior citizens. They get 20 percent discount on all personal purchases and other services like travel. Some are given free passes on movie houses.
Well, I still have a long time to spend before I reach that milestone. Unless, I try to pass off as one, just for the sake of it. 😀