I wrote about people who hide their birthdate when they fill forms and I said that they do not want anybody else to know their age. This means that they feel uncomfortable with that number. I ask myself why actually that is? It is in the end only a number. It indicates how many years you have lived in this world. Of course they don’t want others to say they are old. But what is old and why do we feel old when this number, our age, has a certain height?
I cannot help but think of India again. My own mother and grandmother do not even know their birthdate or year. They do not know how old they really are. Of course, everybody has an approximate guess but two or three years more or less are not important for them. And when they don’t even know how old they are, how could they feel old?
I have this feeling in the west that people have problems with their age each time when they reach a round figure. It can be 30, 40, 50 or any other year after that. They have birthday and just think: I am another year older! So that number actually makes you old! Look at my mother and grandmother! They have no idea how old they are so they just live naturally without having this feeling of counting. It is only this feeling that makes you old, otherwise you can stay just young! Forget about numbers! Enjoy life and stay young forever!