Why I’ve stopped lying about my age 225



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I was one of those people that, up until a few years ago, was very offended when someone asked me how old I was. I’d promptly reply “45”, even though I was in my 60s. I refused to believe that I was 60-something, and didn’t want anyone to know it either.

It all started when I was 24. I decided that becoming 25 was going to be all too sad and just started telling people I was 21. I kept up the charade for about 8 years until someone called me out for it. It really hurt because I knew deep down how old I was but I didn’t want to be old. Because being old meant I was going to get boring, or so I thought.

My mother always got upset when she was asked how old she was and I never knew why. She just said it was impolite and back in her day, no one would reveal their ages. I was brought up never knowing my mother’s true birth date. I know how odd that must sound but my mother lived her life like a 45-year-old, even when she died at 90. I remember finding out how old she was and being shocked. She seemed so young! But then I thought about the tragedy it was that each year of her life wasn’t really celebrated in a way.

It made me think, I’d hate for all my years to blend into one. For memories of when I was 38 to be blended into a random year’s events. My daughter also called me out on my childishness when one day she said, “Mum, you’re really 62, aren’t you?”. I felt oddly proud and I snatched back my licence from her and said that yes, I was. She questioned why I’d ever lie about my age and I said that times are different now with all the plastic surgery and ads everywhere encouraging you to look younger. So the older you are, the even older you’re made to feel.

And suddenly, I realised it was all just bullsh*t. I was worrying about other peoples’ perceptions of what an over 60 should look like and be like but I realised that yes, while this world loves young beauties, it also is favouring those who just embrace who they are. I love being myself and now, I’m proud to say I’m 63! Like they say: age ain’t nothing but a number.


Tell us below, have you ever lied about your age? Why? What age do you feel?

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  1. I have a friend like that and she looks younger than what she is and she has no surgery, but she forgot last year on her Birthday and told the truth by mistake. She is 60 and told everyone was 49years old. People were shocked but simply because she did not look her age. Nobody really cares..just be yourself it is so much easier and you don’t forget what age your supposed to be lol

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    • I don’t think anyone looks a certain age. I just think people look the way they are meant to look and a number doesn’t come into it. LOL

  2. It has never worried me about getting older.Even my grandchildren know my age and have since the first little one lisped”how old are you granny.”

  3. I haven’t ever lied about my age I believe. When I was younger people always thought I was a lot younger , now I’m 62.I’m proud to be still working and fuming it, who cares about a few wrinkles, it’s the double chin and bigger ears I would like to be without 🙂

  4. I am with you. Why lie. If everyone told the truth ageist behaviour could be a thing of the past. And who cares if you look 60 or whatever. Everyone has taken different paths in this life. Some have had it a lot harder than others. I for one am so greatful that I have made it this far. A lot of people have not.

  5. Always loved my age. Love having a birthday. inside and actions make me feel about 23. It really is such fun!!!

  6. As if everyone didn’t know. Lying about your age diminishes you as a person. Bottom line: It has always been and always will be about health and wellbeing. Focuse on age is such a shalow simple outlook.

  7. 62 and proud of it. I have stopped colouring my hair because l couldn’t see the sense in putting unwanted chemicals on my hair and in turn skin. Its natural all the way including food and lifestyle. Cheers Pat D.

  8. I’m proud to tell people I’m a young 65, still working, I swim walk and have a busy happy and very full life. No point in lying.

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