My boss turned 50 the other day, but I found that I couldn't join my young colleagues who spent what seemed like hours whispering about how OLD the boss is. I just could not accept that 50 is old. How is 50 OLD? Doing a quick calculation, it was clear that I am not too far from 50 myself. Let us assume that I am 10 years or thereabouts from 50. 10 years ago doesn't seem that long ago. I suppose since the colleagues in question are in their 20s, to them 50 is still almost 30 years away. Therefore 50 would seem old to them, but it sure did NOT seem old to me at all!
But this got me thinking. There are 50 year olds who look and act 'old'. But there are also those who (like my boss) at 50 still look and act as they did when they were in their mid to late 30s. Similarly, there are 70 year olds who seem really ancient, bent over and can't walk without the aid of a walking stick. While others even at 75 are energetic, youthful, full of vitality and run marathons.
What does this mean? Well, it means that age is just a number. Age is chronological, whereas being 'old' or 'youthful' is a state, not just a number. So how OLD are you?