"Age is just a number" which creates issues. If you ask a 5 year old his/her age, they will gladly and with excitement put up their small fingers and say "FIVE". When you ask a fully grown woman/man their age they might give you a wrong number or be secretive.
Why be secretive with age? Is it a bad thing to be older?
If given a chance 40 year old will rather be 25 forever. The common concept in our society is that it is always good to look young. Women are secretive when it comes to their age, i guess society looks down on older women and sometimes aging in women is perceived negative but aging in man men is perceived positive. Feeling older and looking older are two different things. You can be old and look young or be young and feel old.
People hide their age simply because society focus more on youth, sometimes people hide their age because they are unaccomplished and have low self esteem, people are expected to be successful when they are in a certain age, not having things that other 30 year olds put pressure in age telling.
Human beings are a unique species and do not age the same way, woman are admired for their beauty and youthful looks, while men are admired for their status. For women youthful looks are tied with sexiness that is why they stop aging at 25. Heavy make up, anti aging, and anti wrinkles are used to conceal the natural beauty that was created by the most High.
People stress when they wrinkle, age should be enjoyed and all stages enjoyed as they come with different challenges, that is why we become infants (kids), teenagers, youth, adults (parents) and so on. Aging comes with with knowledge and wisdom. Concealing and not telling the real age does not change anything or make you younger, being proud makes you grow and builds your esteem. Issues of looks, achievements, and background should not make us feel ashamed but we should embrace the stages of life.
when you are young you want to be old, when you are old you want to be young. Embrace who you are now or what you have turned out to be, because some people will never reach or never reached that stage. Remember, age is an ever changing variable, if i am 30 years old now, in five hours time i would be 30 years and five hours in the world.
Anyway i am 20 something years old *smiling*
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