How old are you and, more importantly, how old do you feel?
I had a fun talk the other day with a shopkeeper in a funky little clothing shop. She was a bit older than me, perhaps 60, with a cute hair cut with bangs and shoulder length. We exchanged greetings and then, out of the blue, I inquired if I could ask her a personal question.
I'm so curious about this whole aging thing but it feels mysterious to me. I see gals my age in their Talbots or conservative clothing...their fancy jewelry and cropped hairdos and I cannot relate. It's not that I don't think they are beautiful. It just seems as if I am still waiting to grow up. I love my jeans, anything kinda BOHO, casual shoes and funky jewelry....but mostly I still love my long hair.
I asked her if she ever wondered if there was a time when it was no longer appropriate. She got it!! She knew exactly what I was talking about. Nobody wants to be that really strange person from early memories that reminded you of the witch in Hansel and Gretel. We discussed at length who we were and how we perceived ourselves and our conclusion? We both still feel very young inside. I put myself at about 24. I still feel strong and flexible. I still love junky candy and blowing bubbles with my gum. I still feel like I have a lot of maturing to do. She felt about the same only closer to 19. Do my Coldwater Creek friends feel the same? Is something wrong with the way I think? I wouldn't know. The shopkeeper and I agreed that neither of us had any intention of making major changes anytime soon.
I'll let you know when I decide to grow up and chop my hair off and dress like Hillary Clinton but don't hold your breath.
How old do you feel?