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: