I celebrated my 40th birthday several years and treated myself to a trip to Orlando. I had a great time by myself.
I went out one evening and a (very) young man came over and had small talk with me. He asked me what I was doing in Orland and I told him that I was celebrating my birthday. He asked how I old I was and I said 40. He laughed and asked me the same question. Well, I gave him the same response but he was not impressed this time. He said “I am also here celebrating my birthday. I just turned 27 years old and I know you can’t be older than me. Now how old are you?” I was surprised at his response but decided to see what he would say if I gave him a ridiculous answer, so I told him that I had just turned 23. He said “Well, that’s more like it. Happy birthday.” I could not believe that he had believed me, but apparently I looked that young.
I know most people in the west would find that flattering, but where I come from it’s not that flattering. Why? Because looking younger means people will not show respect to you. As result, I had always hated the fact that I look far much younger than I really am. However, I have now come to terms with this ‘flaw’ in my appearance because nothing I do makes me look my age. I once changed my clothing to look older, to no avail. I have even been scolded by strangers back for calling my friends by their first names without the prefix “ba”, a word that shows respect even if these friends are younger than I. Why fight something that I can’t change?
I am healthy and life is good, so why bother.