“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was?”

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you was?"

Satchel Paige once said, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was?”

Chronological age

Many of us consider that chronological age defines who we are.

More than that, for many people, personal identity is given not only  by the name but by  the age too: the age will follow always  the name

But, How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was?

If you really want to know it – don’t look in calendar!  The calendar will only say to you  about  the Earth’s revolution around the sun.. Are you passionate in Astronomy?

For scientists chronological age cannot be used as an index of aging. If we have a life  problem to be solve not chronological age will help you  but culture, level of knowledge, direct experience.

For many people chronological age tags so deep their identity that they make a real crisis when their birthday cards is turning 40,  as though  40 make them a different persons than they were the day before, when they were 39 years old and 364 days.

Even though most of realize the arbitrariness of age, we still place a great deal of stock in it especially when we reach those infamous decade markers

But If you’re able  to give up the grip that age has over your self-image, then you’re ready to answer the question above and  to calculate your true age.

The true age will cease to be a simple number anymore but it will be a combination of biological age, psychological age, and social age.

Biological Age

The biological age is the age of body’s systems determinates by blood pressure, respiratory capacity, aerobic power, and blood glucose levels.

Unfortunately, most people have a “biological age” that is older than it should be.  The scientists say that four out of five people, for instance, have an older heart age than their current age. So, the risk factors are very high been older than your actual age.  Biological age formats like heart age  may act as a wake-up call to motivate people to change their lifestyle and reduce their risk factors.

Risky behaviors such as smoking or eating an unhealthy diet can all dramatically increase your biological age.

The  simple measure of  your High is a estimative method of your biological age – It is told that people “shrink” with age; actually, people loss 1 cm every 10 years after the age of 40 due to loss of bone density, which causes the vertebrae to compress. However, exercises  can lower the rate of bone loss and therefore keep your bone age younger than it would otherwise become.

Psychological Age

Philological Age  depends by cognitive functioning ( your abilities to learn and remember)  and emotional functioning (your ability to handle and manage your feelings).

Thus, old people have memory problems; on the other hand old people improve their abilities to cope with negative emotions.

Developing   creativity, learning foreign languages, acquiring knowledge, new skills, experimenting new and challenging activities keep your physical age young.

Social Age

Social age is related with “social – clock “of life.

The social clock represent those expectations that people have about when the major events of a life time should occur. We have 2 major areas of social clock: family and work area.

The family social clock of European culture expects that people become parents in their late 20’s or early 30’s, grandparents in their late 50’s or early 60’s. ( that is the norm).

What if you merry at 40’s and you have children at 45’s?  If so , you have  deducted at least 10 years  or more from your social age.

The work social clock asks to graduated from high school in our late teens, from college and other studies at early 30 and to start the career. We retire in our 60’s and then the work social clock stops ticking.

But what about a sport campion  retied at 25 years ? that means that his/her social life becomes  65.

What if you will change your career path? That can keep your social age young.So, you can calculate your social age; it can be much younger or older than the norm.

People can speed up or slow down their social clock at dizzying speed- so, you have the  freedom to determine your own social age.

How old do you feel?

So, knowing all the information above ,  how will you answer to the question: How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was?

Or forgetting all the information above –  How old do you feel?

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