Why I always say my age

31. I was born December 1980.

Many people, specially women, do not like to say their age but I *have* to, yes, I do. See? I don’t look my age yes, I know “how lucky”. This is not a post to complain about how I look, it’s a post to explain why I have to say my age all the time.

Here are some of the comments, I’ve heard:

While working at Martial Arts studio, a year after graduating from University:

  • And why are you not going to school? You need more than high school, you know?
  • What would you like to be when you grow up?

At restaurants, liquor stores,  and casinos until I was about 27 (not that I drink and gamble)

  • ID, please
  • I’m sorry madam (to my mom in the States) she cannot drink even if she’s accompanied by you
  • Where do you think you are going?
  • You can come in as long as you don’t leave your mother’s side.

When people find out I am engaged

  • You can NOT marry so young, you have your whole life ahead of you! (After I told this person my age, she said “oh, you are not married yet at 31?”)
  • It’s OK to get married young, but don’t get pregnant and abandon your studies, wait until you are older!
  • What do your parents think? Shouldn’t you wait a bit?
  • No! Enjoy your youth! Marry when you are closer to 30 instead.

Said by people younger than me (you would think they are 80 years old)

  • You will understand once you are older
  • Wait until you get my age!

At my own business

  • How cute! You are helping your parents!
  • This is *your* business? Do you have people with professional training working here while you study?

While some are plain funny (like getting carted at a dollar store while buying a lighter for a birthday party) or just a nuisance, others are very judgmental, condescending, and doubt my capabilities just because of the way I look (good thing I’m not blond, eh? 😛 ) Usually, these people change their tone once I manage to sneak in my age during conversation and stop the attitude.

And now to wait for a couple more gray hairs 😉 Until then:

Happy ramblings!

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  1. #1 by kyooty on July 25, 2012 - 2:58 pm

    yes once the hairs come in it’s all down hill.

    • #2 by FairyWithT on July 25, 2012 - 3:05 pm

      I found a gray hair in my eyebrows!

      • #3 by kyooty on September 5, 2012 - 1:02 pm

        I’ve got a whold head of those. 🙂

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