[A] Acting your age – huh? What’s that? #AtoZchallenge

I have never really understood this age business. What is really meant by “acting your age”? Being restrained in your behaviour? or looking serious and sombre, to be taken seriously? Well I have seen these qualities in some 20 year olds and let me tell you, there is one word to describe them- morose. Yes, many people do develop a certain persona with the passage of time and exude an air of sophistication; but I always wonder, isn’t he/she feeling stifled inside? By controlling every word, expression, smile, laugh, body movements etc, isn’t the person heading for an empty life eventually? Hey , If that sounded too “pseudo”, lemme put it simply. I always wonder to myself – this person has every word, action, reaction measured; as if he/she is always on a stage, performing- when is the explosion/blast gonna take place? And if the blast doesn’t happen, then surely they will end up becoming insufferable and disgruntled- a real pain to be around?

Acting your age- Does it mean dressing a certain way and foregoing the teenage-ish type of clothes? But really, it’s more about how one carries an outfit. I wear the dresses that used to fit me like a glove till about 2 years back; and now I have got them altered to fit my currently-a-“wee”-bit-heavier ( 😉 😉 ) frame. And I don’t feel self-conscious wearing them. Should I? I know I am not svelte nowadays, but the point is, I absolutely love wearing them. According to me, that should sum it up- do what you want to and say what you think. That’s like “acting yourself”; and when you are acting yourself, you are acting your age!

I have also never understood the concept of lying about one’s age. Hey, if I say that I am 38 instead of 39; would that make me a tad bit more attractive, or would it increase the desirability quotient? How’s that gonna increase my worth? To all the girls out there, any age that you are in, is quite fine. Many people are wistful about their 20’s and hate the fact that they are fast approaching mid-life. I too look back fondly at the bygone days ; but hey, I am quite ok in my present life too. The clarity that I have now, about certain beliefs of mine; was simply not there earlier. And I am more than happy with the present unselfconscious “me”, a state that was reached after years of gaining experience and understanding

In the arena of life, you win some and you lose some; but you always gain something. And what have I gained? Well I have gained a state of mind where I don’t understand the term “acting your age”. Do you?

© April 2018 Sapna Dhyani Devrani

Author: Sapna Dhyani

I am Sapna Dhyani. I write about everything that crosses my mind. I write about life as I see it and like to infuse humour into my blogs. I belong to Dehradun but now live in a new city after every two years, being an army wife. This uprooting of base every couple of years, setting up a new home in a new place, meeting new people and forging new friendships, exploring new cities; all this ensures that I go through and am blessed with a myriad of experiences.

18 thoughts on “[A] Acting your age – huh? What’s that? #AtoZchallenge”

  1. I often ask that, too. I’m in my 60s and forget that I am until I look in the mirror. If anything has been consistent about me through the years, it’s that I’m still not the norm with others around me. Except for the Husband and our Molly the Cat.

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    1. Hello and greetings! It is great to make acquaintance with you here. Hats off to you for being spirited and not ageing mentally. Not many people stay like that. And I am sure that secretly, the “others” must be dying to be like you. The husband and Molly the cat must be glad that you are the way you are. Cheers and regards.

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  2. Hi, Sapna – It is wonderful to meet you at the ‘A to Z Challenge’. I agree that worrying about ‘acting your age’, or worse, ‘lying about your age’ really makes no sense at all. Thank you for this very thought-provoking post.

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    1. Hello, Donna- It’s so nice to connect with you here.I am a rookie as I am participating for the first time!Yes, I am always amused when I see anyone lie about their age. As you say, it makes no sense. Thank you for your feedback. Glad that you dropped by.

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  3. Hahahah – love this. Like you, I don’t know what is the meaning of this phrase – acting your age. Very lovely post. And the comment that it is usually used to put people down is very true.

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    1. Hi, Kalpana- Am very glad that you loved it. I think that those who make such comments, themselves want to be like the spirited ones. Thank you for your comment and for dropping by. Cheers!

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