Your Age Is Not An Insult

Growing old is a privilege.

Aabye-Gayle F.

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Three-tier birthday cake decorated with fanciful pink and white frosting. Cake topper is a sparkling gold number forty.
Photo by Justin Heap on Unsplash.

I know people mean it as a compliment when they tell me I don’t look my age (forty-two), but it isn’t one. It’s something more ambivalent than that. First of all, telling someone she looks younger than she is can’t be a complete compliment because your age isn’t an insult. It’s a matter of reality. Even if some try to live in denial or actively (perhaps even surgically)…

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