March 11, 2013 - submitted by Carol , Brazil

Q. Dear Oracle,
Today I heard an interesting question on the radio....and I want to ask you:
If you didn't know your age, how old would you think you are?
love,
Carol.


The Oracle replies:

That is a very interesting question. How would one guage that? Tricky.
I once met an old man in Peru who had no idea how old he was. He didn't know how many children he had either.
What I have worked out over the years is that I don't know how I am supposed to feel at any particular age and am very aware that I don't feel old in my mind. I think I'd be useless at working it out even though the ageing process has shown very physical signs.
I may have intellectually progressed and matured in decision making but I suppose I still feel like I'm in my twenties when in fact I am in my... well, let's just say that my twenties are a long way behind me now.
I am rubbish at guessing ages and I never get it right probably because I just don't notice. I concern myself not with the age but the person they are.
I have many friends who are less than half my age and it doesn't feel strange at all.
If I didn't know and had to guess my own age I would probably rely on other people to help me. Thankfully most people put me younger so I'd go with whatever they say.