After watching the video, I had several thoughts about how I view age myself.
I just turned 25 a few weeks ago (“Happy Birthday to me!”), and it seemed only yesterday that I was at the first year of my University education, but it had actually been 6 years already!
Whenever new friends asks how old I am, I will ask them to guess. I feel that I’m at an age where people are starting to have expectations on how I should look like, and how I should behave. Surely I shouldn’t still be behaving like a 19-year-old, nor wearing cutesy clothes meant for preteens anymore?? Plus it doesn’t help that I am super small-sized, so I can really easily pass off as a schooling teenager.
But the fact is, the numerical age that I’m feeling right now, is at most a twenty-one; not twenty-three, and certainly not a twenty-five! My dressing is often casual on a day-to-day basis (I don’t wear office-wear to work), I don’t wear heels, I wear sneakers, and I still have a skip in my step sometimes. In all honesty, I don’t behave like a 25-year-old…
Which is why I have no qualms revealing my age, but I would prefer that people not know, for it may alter how they see me. They may think.. “Why is this 25-year-old still so childish?”
According to new global research conducted by Dove, only 10 percent of women are proud to reveal how old they are and will often conceal their real age.
In my job, I meet many people, and part of my job is to ask them to fill out a registration form. This is an interesting phenomenon, but I find women more likely to leave the box for their ages blank, and this is despite having filled in their year of birth already! Some even jokingly say, “Oh no, now you know how old I am!”.
But in my heart, knowing that number doesn’t change the way I view them, nor how I treat them! To me, it’s just a number that tags along with the person I meet, but doesn’t define him/her!
What defines a person are her values, dreams and hopes, how she interacts with and treats others. How she exudes confidence and how she carries herself.
So I’m thinking… maybe this is all in our heads. Age is just a number, and I can be who I am, and what want to be.
What about you? After watching the video, what are your thoughts when someone asks for your age? Like and join in the conversation using #MyBeautifulSelf at Dove’s Facebook Page. And also check out other meaningful videos at Dove’s Youtube Channel!
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