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I love the story about a very mature gentleman whom someone asked, "What is your age, Mr. So-and-So?" His reply: "Why, that isn't really any of my business!"

My husband also is adamant about not divulging his age to others. "I don't record my age" is his standard response to the question.

If it's true that we are what we think, then I'm still stuck at 12 years old in many ways. The literature I enjoy reading is written for kids, and since I love kids, I think being like one is more fun than being a grown-up. Although I can drive to the movies and I have more spending money than most of the kids I know, basically, I don't see much of a difference. Trying to behave responsibly and set a good example is as grown-up as I get.

But if you crunch the numbers, I am definitely not 12 anymore. There are days my body argues certain facts and figures to get me to admit the discouraging news that I'm not getting any younger. But I find it it more useful to focus on what I can do, here and now, to claim youth as well as maturity.

I have heard age described as an accumulation of areas of our life that have gone unchallenged, unchanged. These become larger and overwhelming if left that way. One example might be that avoiding exercise as a normal part of one's daily routine can be harder to reverse the longer we put off doing it.

Another example: If you are used to criticizing others and you don't attempt to stop thinking critical thoughts, eventually the polite veneer wears thin and you say what you think, causing others to see you as crabby. On the other hand, what about those people who have patiently worked to find the good in every situation? Eventually, they will find themselves reciprocally benefited when others treat them with patience.

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