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View Poll Results: How do you feel related to you stated age?
Way younger. 45 44.12%
A bit younger. 32 31.37%
About even. 13 12.75%
A bit older. 5 4.90%
Way older. 1 0.98%
Would you repeat the question? 4 3.92%
Other. Get on down with your funk. 2 1.96%
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Old 01-06-13, 08:30 PM   #1
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Do you feel you age, usually?

Well someone has to generate these polls while Dnvr is on sabbatical. It occurred to me today that as I had nothing out of my normal routine, I felt really decent. I choose not disrupt the feeling by going on a humble 15 miler in 37F weather.
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Old 01-06-13, 08:49 PM   #2
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What if I lie when I state my age? That would be my stated age.
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Old 01-06-13, 08:49 PM   #3
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How exactly would I know what my age should feel like? I've only lived once, and this is the first time I've ever been 55.
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Old 01-06-13, 09:23 PM   #5
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The last year and a bit I am moving more like my father than my normal healthy self. Once I get a handle on an issue or two, I will be back to feeling like I did at 35 or so. Mentally though, that old bugger looking at me in the mirror catches me off guard.
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Old 01-06-13, 09:26 PM   #6
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I've been through so much crap in my life, I feel worn out and much older then my 40 years, People have always said I was an old soul anyway
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Looking around I see that I am able to do physically at work what a good number of other ladies cannot do who are around my age. I don't know if it's because I have this "get it done" attitude vs "I'm going to wait around until someone can help me" type of thinking.

I work at a warehouse and I do a lot of heavy lifting. Some of the women vendors that come have to have me help them lift the 70lb bags of product for them. I just hope that one day my body doesn't suddenly break down and give up on me.
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I voted, "a bit younger". That choice was prompted by comparing myself physically to people I encounter each week at work and at church who are in my age group (nearing retirement) and those whom I know to be younger than me. I know I'm in better shape physically than most of these folks, and I'm an ex-over-weight-ex-smoker. From a psychological viewpoint, I would choose "about even". I have a lot less tolerance than I had a few years ago for that commodity commonly known as "BS".
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At my age (80) the majority of our friends are already dead.
No, I do not feel my age 99.9% of the time
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I am friends with a few people around my age and I often wonder why they can do things that I can't and the reverse is true in that I wonder why they can't do things I can. Compared to my peers- I am more agile and do a lot more exercise than they will ever do. Then I go out on club rides and virtually everyone is walking all over me. People my age- People 10 years older and that 14 year old lad that got a new bike for Christmas. And I don't even think about those in between.
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I'm always shocked to look in a mirror and see how old I am or seeing relatives I grew up with and seeing how old they are. I do know my son (20) got a lot more active involvement such as leaping all over playgrounds than my daughter (11).
You're as old as you are and it's only a number. I've a ' condition' that gives mild highs and crushing lows but for all that, I just feel like 'me' and seeing that's who I is, I've no real option but to put up with it. Of course, I'm lucky that my body is more or less intact and mostly functional, life could certainly be a lot worse.
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Nothing works as well as it used to, but compared to those I know who are around my age -- upper 50's -- I look, feel and act younger than almost all of them. I don't have to take medication and I normally weigh only a few pounds more than when I was in high school, while many of the others are twice their former size, or more.

I voted for "A bit younger" to be conservative, but it took awhile for me to decide on that instead of voting for "Way younger". I'm somewhere in between, I suppose.

When I was 45 years old I ran the half mile in the same time as I did when I was in 9th grade. I've slowed since then and now I am closer in capability to when I was in 7th grade. So looking at it that way, I'm getting younger all the time.
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How exactly would I know what my age should feel like? I've only lived once, and this is the first time I've ever been 55.
Exactly! Or should I say +1 ? Aches and pains and the like. But I'm still active and alive at 55. Cycling has replaced basketball as my sport of choice, but not by my choice. The body made that one. I guess I'm doing well for my age, but like he said, I've never been 55 before.
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Now 60, I feel much younger in my mind (just started cycling again after 40+ years off) and ready for any challenge. On the other hand, some of those challenges don't work out well due to the multiple broken body parts!So, voted "about even"
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How exactly would I know what my age should feel like? I've only lived once, and this is the first time I've ever been 55.
+1, although I'm 67. I feel kind of like, well, me.
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I'm about to turn 54,, and I don't need Viagra,, I'm good
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Every now and again I "see" my hands and think, Wow, those are my grandfather's hands. But then I quickly realized they are mine. So, I kind of agree with Former FF; I don't really know what my age should feel like. I do know that I don't think of myself as "old" in the same context of old as I did my grandfather. This, however, was more than likely the result of growing up with some very ageist attitudes and beliefs. But, as I've come to learn, nothing dismantles an ageist attitude quite as quickly as getting older.
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How exactly would I know what my age should feel like? I've only lived once, and this is the first time I've ever been 55.
Ditto. But only 54....
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For the first time in a decade I feel younger than my chronological age. Riding and a drastically revamped diet will do that sometimes. In our area, where we grew up, cancer is very prevalent. The water system, for our neighbourhood, well was sunk into a pool of PCBs. (my dad was stationed here at the end of WWII and told us that our area was a federal dumping area for the Navy base that received loads of used batteries, drilling fluids and electrical transformers.)Many of my friends parents and a fair number of our High School classmates have either had cancer or died (most have passed away that had cancer) from such, in various forms.

When I look at the number of classmates now dead it shocks me that neither of us has had cancer, heart problems or a child with a birth defect. I suppose that riding and healthy eating has given me a much better outlook and feeling about my "Age" and what I can accomplish.

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The guy in the mirror looks way older than my self-image.
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Looking at the bar graph on the answers, it looks to me like cycling really is good for a person!!!
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How can anybody tell? I've never been this age before so I have no way of knowing how it's supposed to feel. I voted "about even".
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Do I feel that I age, usually? I do, yes. Haven't skipped a day of aging yet! No, wait...
I age a little every day and I probably age a lot like every one else so...
Wait, that's not what you mean, is it?

Gotta go with the crowd on this. Compared to my mental self-image, I freak a little when I see my hands or look in the mirror.
Having a few back issues lately (most likely from my trip and slip last year and packing too much winter weight ) which has slowed me down a bit (though NOT on the bike) and I have a variety of joint aches and pains but, by and large, I feel energized and just plain good. Compared to what I saw of 60 growing up, I have beaucoup more vitality and verve.

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I'm 65 and regularly get told by my wife to act my age not my shoe size. I hope I never do!
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