Is Your Birthday Killing You?

A Birthday Party is a time of celebration, of commemorating another year of life. As a child, we look forward to getting presents, as a teen, to a driver’s license, and then to becoming an adult, and then, perhaps, to simply having a reason to eat an ice cream cake! I have often wondered, however, if this marker of the passage of time hastens the end of our existence. Hear me out…

We all have a general idea of the average life expectancy (somewhere around 78, with variations in regard to gender, genetics, geographic location, etc.) and as we age, we cannot help but make a mental note of where we currently are on that time line. How often have you heard or made the comment, “I’m too old for that”? How many instances of the proverbial “mid-life crisis” have you witnessed?

What would happen if we didn’t keep track of our ages? What if we lived our lives, not knowing when we would reach that proposed or assumed midpoint of our days on Earth? Many people like to say that “age is just a number” and “you’re only as old as you feel,” but how much regard to our ages is actually lying in the subconscious, affecting our everyday actions?

I think it would make a fascinating experiment, but almost impossible to implement, as we use our age and birth date for identification purposes, among other things. There are also many legal restrictions associated with certain age markers; thus, we may never know the implications of such a possibility.

What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Please leave a comment.

Today, as it turns out, is my birthday. No, please, there’s no need to buy me a present 😉. And if anyone asks me how old I am, I’ll just say that I’m simply ageless!

Published by Brandon Ellrich

I live in Central Missouri and enjoy reading, writing, playing tennis, watching movies, and exploring creative outlets. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and I love to take my readers inside the minds of my characters.

9 thoughts on “Is Your Birthday Killing You?

  1. agree. I don’t feel my age (mentally, physically, or in terms of maturity).
    I think each generation is destined to live longer than the one before but we still carry the same stereotypes (you have to be married in your 20’s, have a career in your 30’s because in your 40’s you have one foot in the grave, etc)

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  2. I’ve certainly felt as fit as a seventy-year-old man when I was in my teens, and am in the best physical shape of my life now at 37. Mentally I feel like I’ve never aged since high school though, lol. So yeah, I think age is just a number, and that we should just take each day as it comes. Thanks for this, Brandon, and happy belated birthday 🙂

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