Age is just a number
12th January 2016
It was my 22nd birthday last Wednesday, and so what a better time to talk about age than now.
Recently, when I was listening to My Generation by The Who, probably for 10,000th time, I got thinking about the famous line…
“I hope I die before I get old.”
It’s funny really because the man who wrote this song, Pete Townshend, is now 70 years old, and Roger Daltrey, who sings this lyric, is now 71. Most people would consider 70 to be old, yet I don’t see these two men as being old. Not at all.
If they really hope they die before they get old then they’re safe for many more years.
Age is just a number, and these two gents are living proof of this. Getting old is a choice. Your age does not define who you are and how you should live your life.
I mean, if you observed how my grandparents acted at 70 and compared this to how Pete and Roger act at the same age there is a massive difference. I can’t image my grandparents standing on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, singing and playing guitars, or even just wearing jeans for that matter!
At the end of the day, it all comes down to ourselves and the life we choose to live.
Some people choose to be old before their time. My mum always recalls meeting my dad’s mother and thinking that she was old even then, and she was probably only in her 40s at the time. But it doesn’t have to be like that. You don’t have to change your dress sense because you feel you should be dressing more “age appropriate”. You don’t have to stop doing the things you enjoy doing in life because you reach a certain age.
I’ve been thinking more and more about age ever since finding out back in November that I will require a hip replacement within the next 10 years. Of course, hearing this made me quite depressed. I kept thinking about how I would be old before my time, because only old people have hip replacements. I’ll have to use a wheelchair for a short period of time, and I will require the aid of walking sticks as I recover from the surgery. I’ll struggle to get up stairs, to get in and out of bed, and perhaps worst of all, struggle to shave my legs!
But having an artificial hip doesn’t have to define me. It can if I allow it to, but it doesn’t have to. It’s my choice.
In the same way that age doesn’t have to define you as “too old” it also doesn’t have to define you as “too young”. Well, for a lot of things anyway.
For example, people always give me a really questioning look when I say I’m saving to buy a house. Why? Because I’m 22? What’s wrong with that? Just because I’ve worked out at a young age that it’s better to be paying a mortgage and owning a house at the end of it than paying rent for a flat that will never be mine. I’m not too young. If I have money for a deposit (which I don’t yet, but I’m on my way!) and an income to pay a mortgage then why the hell not?!
People gave me the exact same questioning look when I said I was planning on getting a flat and moving in with Tyrone. We were 19 at the time and of course people said we were “too young”, but we did it and we are still here over 2 years later, happy and enjoying our life together.
I’ve never let age define who I am or what I do in life, and I am determined to have that attitude for the rest of my life.
Age is just a number. Just digits. Nothing more.