Last week, I wrote a post on LinkedIn about my ambiguity of the expression “Age is just a number”. It hit a nerve and I therefore think it deserves a longer post here on AgeingUpwards.
What I wrote on LinkedIn was that I believe the saying expresses a resistance to our age. Of course the message is that age shouldn´t be important. We are just a diverse group of human beings regardless of our age. But age IS more than a number. My age is undeniably a big part of how I see myself. Most of the comments on LinkedIn expressed their agreement to this and many of them referred to ways in which they are positively different to their younger selves. Wiser, more mature and able to love and be at peace with themselves were some of the things mentioned. This is backed up by studies that have found that our emotional intelligence improves as we age.