How old are you? Seriously…not in calendar years….not from the day you were born…how old are you really…in your head? When did your mind quit getting older and just stop and let your body run on ahead? If you are stumped and have no idea what I’m talking about, I’ll give you a hint how you might figure this out. I am about to be 50. But sometime around the age of 23, just out of college, I refused to get any older. I was young, free, finally out on my own and well, I liked where I was, and saw no reason to move beyond it.
I know I am not the only one. I ask people all the time how old they are and how old they really feel. My mom is 73 but feels 40. At 55 my oldest sister still feels 24, my other sister is 52 but thinks of herself as being 35. My friends are Beth 48 but really 25, Kay 58 but 30 in her head and Kim at 45 feels 31 but won’t mind my saying she often acts ten. My friend Suzie (she knows who she is) wishes to remain anonymous. But at 45 feels 20 years younger.
Marny, on the other hand, is an old soul. When she was just 19, she felt 40. A really challenging childhood puts it in perspective. While I’m one of the oldest among my friends, I am the youngest in my head. I’m sure they would all agree, I often act the most childish.
My son’s guitar teacher is 54 but looks and feels 25. And finally, a woman waiting on us at a local restaurant the other night, was dreading her 30th birthday arriving without a husband and kids. But when I asked her how old she felt, she said 19. So see, there’s still plenty of time.
Last year, I got to go on a Caribbean cruise with my 23-year-old niece. How perfect could it be? I may have a few more laugh lines around my mouth, a few gray hairs under my highlights and cellulite that just can not be mine, but she and I are mental equals. At times on the cruise, you might have thought she was actually older.
Maybe it’s healthy living, more exercise or better access to medical care…or maybe it’s a glimpse into our eternal future. You’ve probably heard people ponder how we will recognize each other in heaven. Will we be like the angels?
I just wonder how old we will be and if my new glorified body will be 23?
“Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”
Philippians 3: 20-21
How old are you? Really? Seriously? You can tell me! 🙂