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Do You Hide Your Age Or Tell It Proudly?

Updated on March 17, 2015

The HubPages Question of the Week

While some people tell their age with great zest, other people shy away from the question or simply refuse to answer. I was out to get some answers when I asked this question recently of the HubPages community:

Do you hide your age or tell it proudly?

I received several answers and thank all hubbers who responded to the question. Here are a few of the answers, along with my musings about the aging process.

Looking Young and Proud Of It


Hubbers Write Their Views about Ageing

Hubber emilybee

emilybee writes,

"I tell it proudly because everyone tells me I look like I'm 18 after I inform them I'm in fact 23. lol I really don't mind, it's a good thing, at least I don't look old, and when I really am old I won't look it :-)"

Emily shares how old she is when asked because she has received feedback that she looks younger than her actual age of 23. Yes, she proudly puts her exact number within her answer at HubPages.

Emily often leaves me kind comments on HubPages and she posts great hubs about making delicious treats. Perhaps another reason she readily gives her age when asked is because she is such a genuine, straight-forward person in character. Thanks Emily for your great answer!

Kids Answer the Question

Hehe you're one hundred - well you asked me!
Hehe you're one hundred - well you asked me! | Source

Hubber justateacher

I laughed as I read justateacher's answer to my question:

"As a teacher of students in kindergarten I am asked my age quite often...I first ask how old they think I am...I am amused by the answers...I get you are must be at least gosh your old...are you a hundred? I always give my age proudly...its nothing to be ashamed of..."

I like this comment about aging for many reasons. I like that justateacher asks a question back to her students rather than offering the answer. She is holding off telling her number until she extracts more information from the children about their thoughts on aging. I notice other people use a similar technique, answering the question with a different question to change the subject of conversation. Some people do avoid having to answer the original question of "Just how old are you, anyway?"

I also like the answers that justateacher receives from the kids in the class. As adults, we would never think to say to another adult, "Gosh you're old... Are you a hundred?" Yet when children say it, we laugh at the comment and they likely giggle as well.

The children in the kindergarten class do not have the same conceptions about aging that we seem to acquire over the years. justateacher does not look anywhere close to one hundred years old in my opinion and common sense tells me other hubbers agree. Yet children do not have the reference point to know what one hundred "looks like" in terms of face, hair, changes to body, and other characteristics.

Hubber sandonia

Another great comment was written by hubber sandonia:

"I tend to neither hide nor share my age proudly. To me, it's a simple fact of life. It would be nice to be younger with the wisdom of the years, but it is what it is."

I like the statement here that age cannot be rewound or sped up. The number of years need to be faced for what they are: a set number that will increase with each birthday that comes. Yes, a simple fact of life.

sandonia writes about wisdom as it relates to how old a person is: "It would be nice to be younger with the wisdom of the years..." Why do we often get wiser as we age? Is it because we have likely lived through more experiences by the time we are sixty than we have as a 20 year old? Does the mere act of living a longer time make us wiser?


Aging and wisdom: Are they linked?
Aging and wisdom: Are they linked? | Source

The Complete Story

I say thank-you to all of the people who answered the question that I posted at HubPages. I enjoyed reading all of the responses and the positivity of many of the comments. I would love to hear your thoughts on aging and whether you tell your own number proudly as well.

The complete list of answers I received can be found at the link here:

Do you hide your age or tell it proudly?

A Question For You About Aging

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Glad to hear that, thanks!

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      Ageing.... 4 years ago

      Great hub and I really enjoyed a lot after reading this .

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Jools, you are right that people do make a big deal about the age - I say you have a great big cake and keep smilng :) Thanks for stopping by to share your experiences here.

      Mary, Hehe you make me laugh!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      It's just a number to me Christie but I have to admit that since on next birthday I will be 50, people keep telling me I should be celebrating such a 'milestone' and they say '50 -it's a BIG birthday'- well, I rarely need an excuse to celebrate so I will but I imagine it will feel just the same as being 49 :o) ....just one more candle on the cake!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I never apologize for my age! I don't mind aging as long as everything works!

      Great Hub. I voted it UP, etc.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Alecia, you got it! Age is more how we feel and you are a great spirit!

      Rolly, LOL I love your honesty and comfort in yourself. Now that must be why I love following your hubs xx

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Christy... still trying to decide which is older, the dirt or the grass. I was born somewhere in between them. Now that is old... lol

      I never have minded sharing my age... 65 on the nose and loving it, grey hair an all.

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I think age is a number. As long as you keep yourself mentally and physically active- it won't matter. Nice hub!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Thelma, thanks for sharing your experiences with me. That is funny that you asked the woman at the spa when she had nowhere to go :) I think you look youthful and as you say it is about more than the number. You have a great spirit! Take care

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      When somebody asked me a question how old I am, I answered with "you guess" because they didn´t believe me anyway how old I am until I show them the photo of my 30 years old son. Sometimes when I went shopping with my sister in the Philippines, someone asked her "Ah your younger sis from abroad is visiting you?" I know, it hurts my sister but she just smiled and I said " no, I´m the eldest of my siblings". I always said sorry to my sister about that because I know she feels older than her age.

      When I was working before in a spa, many women had sat errect from their lying positions in the massage table when I answered them how old I am. They were shocked and it was funny to me for I always tell the truth about my age. And they kept asking me what kind of cosmetics I used and what did I do to stay young looking.

      It does not really matter how old I am because for me, it´s only a number and I do even count the year when I was born when somebody asked me again for I forgot sometime how old I am.

      Christy, this is a very good hub. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @lovedoctor, You are so cute, stopping by to tell me that! Hope you're having a great day!

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Hi Christy, you're right! You don't look your age either. It's probably in your genes too. That was a very cute response.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @lovedoctor, I chose justateacher's response as my "best response" on the Q&A :) So cute! In a few years you will be smiling when people ask your age :) Thanks for the great comment.

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      I don't mind revealing my age either, but the problem is that nobody believes me because I look a lot younger. They still ask me for ID whenever I go to a restaurant and order a drink. I like the kid's response to hubber justateacher. Lol.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Janine, what a funny story about your brother and being called the younger sister! I am told that in the future I will be happy that I look younger than I am and I see you're in the same boat! Thanks for the comment, share, vote, and for the positive words!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Loved reading this and I am akin to emilybee on this one. I just turned 35 and yet no one ever thinks I am anywhere near that. My brother was recently asked how old his younger sister is. Well, guess what not only am I the older sister, but by 6 years. I am kind of proud at that fact, but when I was younger and no one believed I was even legal it would annoy me, but as I am aging I truly love the fact that I don't look my age. Thanks for this hub and am sharing and voting up of course.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @dwachira, When I had a large response to the Q&A I wanted to explore it more and share the views of hubbers with other people. Glad you like the hub and hope you smiled :)

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      When you work with young ones, telling the truth matters a lot, i work in a college and often this question is thrown to me. I always state my actual age. Thanks you asked it, i liked the funny side of it.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Crazzykylex, I also know women who say their ages proudly. It may depend on the individual, the culture, and other factors. Thanks for your comment!

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      Crazzykylex 5 years ago from Incredible India!

      I think this question should be narrowed to girls or women. Unlike men, they have the tendency to hide their age, just to appear younger and appreciated. I really don't know what's psychology behind that.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Lord, don't encourage Brain hehe!

      @Brian, you are the only one so far to notice I didn't give my age! I am told I look younger than i am :) Tongue in cheek perhaps..!

      @Vinaya, You are a very forthcoming person. Nice to see you and thanks for the comment.

      @Cathleena, Hehe that is easy to do! After all, how many times do we say our own age? Thanks for stopping by to read and comment.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Lol to Brian!! Ops! Sorry Christy!

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      Brian Slater 5 years ago from England

      hi Christy, I thought you might have dropped out your age, well you may have done but I missed it. People seem to get very nervy about this subject I'm not sure why we all get older at the same rate, so this was an interesting hub. Although I think you started out with your tongue in your cheek hopeing to catch people out. voted up :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      During my research for hubs I found so many men and women were evasive when it came to tell about age.

      But I don't hide my age. There is nothing to hide.

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      Cathleena Beams 5 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      I thought I was truthful about my age until my husband pointed out to me this year right after my birthday that I am older than I said I was. Somewhere along the way, I managed to forget a year!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @namishika, Water is a great way to stay healthy! I'm pleased you are doing well. Thanks for the comment.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Bill, your comment has me laughing! I love seeing you here, thanks for catching up on my hubs. I appreciate it.

      @Phil, I like all of your comments, thanks! Just how old do green fish (your avatar) get to be anyway?!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fun hub! There is no reason in the world for me to try to hide my age. Everyone knows I'm older than dirt.

      Great hub, lots of fun!

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      My birthday is just around the corner and it is usually only around that time that people ask me how old I am. As a result I occasionally forget how old I am because I have not had to recall it because I do not get asked.

      I never hide my age, if someone asks me what it is, I simply say it. There are some things I value to keep to myself, my age is not one of them as it is totally out of my control.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Jane, Yes you should be proud! And you have Bertha at your side too :) Thanks for the great comment.

      @VibrantViews, Hehe you are not alone. Note to myself: buy hair color (oh dear my roots!)

      @Rolly, Good for you! Those competitions are great ways to test ourselves and it's a great feeling to reach the goal isn't it?!

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      Jane Carroll 5 years ago

      I suppose I quit trying to hide my age when I stopped coloring my hair. There's little question now...not that there ever was...that I'm old enough to be a grandmother...a fact that I'm very proud of! Great article!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Christy... nice hub and a great question. There are times when I share my age openly and times when I like people too think I'm

      I was recently in an endurance competition and without a doubt the oldest competitor. I stood tall and accepted the award then spent the next three days hobbling around the house.... lol

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @ASchwartz, thanks. I thought the answers were so interesting and liked that I got such a great response to my question. Nice to connect with you; oh and yes 30 is pretty close to 33! :)

      @Rajan, what an interesting comment. You act differently depending on the age of the person you are with. I'm glad you found my hub interesting to read as I do value your opinion. Take care.

      @endless sea, glad to hear!

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      ASchwartz 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Great hub. I love how you incorporated the other answers.

      I'm not ashamed of my age, but for some reason when it comes up I always want to blurt out "I'm 30.", when in fact I'm 33. It's like my brain just stopped counting after 30!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting hub. I liked your commenting on the responders too.

      I don't feel awkward lying about my age and display it on my profile on all sites as well.

      Aging in terms of years has very little bearing on how I feel and look. I feel like a child with children and an adult with another and act accordingly.

      Voted up on all counts, Christy.

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      Akhand Pratap SIngh 5 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

      I'll make sure to share those amazing experiences with all of you as well :)

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @sandonia, I am glad you appreciate the mention. I enjoyed your comment. Nice to be following one another as well :)

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      sandonia 5 years ago

      I almost feel like a celebrity being quoted. :) Thanks.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Lord, good for you and tell your age proudly! Write a celebratory hub :) I also am behind on hubs and will be over to check out your poetry soon. Nice to see you.

      @Teaches, you do have a genuine, young spirit! I see that in your writing and am glad we connect :)

      @Starmom, some people do not mind being asked the question while others refuse to answer. It is interesting to learn the responses. Thanks for sharing here!

      @yoginiijoy, Right on, you are looking young and sound happy! Those students have much to learn from you!

      @Paul, a smile is a great way to connect with people and yes also keeps you young in spirit! Thanks for stopping by and for the vote too (oh and here's a smile!)

      @mjboomer, Thank-you for sharing your wisdom here with us.

      @endless sea, you are experiencing much at your young age and that is great! You will have many experiences to share with us at HP. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Marc, you make good points here! I do think that some people look older than they are and perhaps that is a reflection on their lifestyles. Thanks for stopping by to read, buddy!

      @ChitrangadaSharan, I like your thoughts about viewing our age in relation to our contributions to society and family. Thank-you for sharing your views here.

      @Emily, Glad to see your smiling face here! Thanks for contributing to my question and stopping by to read too.

      @nochance, aha your mom has good perspective! Nice one!

      @justateacher, Thanks for stopping by to read and glad you enjoyed the hub. I appreciate that you stopped by my question and participated, your comment is such a good one!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      I did answer on my last hub with a piece of poetry... Young lady. Catching up with some magnificent hubs of yours. Yeah what the heck, Will be 50 in 5 months, on the fifth.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Kids do ask your age, they are just curious and age to them is a BIG thing. Loved justateacher's response. As I am getting up there I have found it is better to just tell it. I feel a lot younger inside than I am outside anyway.

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      Starmom41 5 years ago

      nice hub!

      I wrote one on similar topic recently, too.

      To answer the question: I consider the subject as irrelevant & nosy as asking somebody how much they weigh-- so I'd just brush it off.

      However, I think it has a lot to do with being in an area these days where people ask all kinds of nosy questions (like 'how much money do you make,' etc.) & never fails to rattle me.

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      yoginijoy 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      What a great idea for a hub! I enjoyed reading it. I always tell my age and no one ever believes me. I tend to look quite a bit younger than I am. As a professor, it can be a problem b/c many folks think I am a student! I don't mind though, I figure when I am quite old I will still look fabulous! That will be a good thing if I were to look in the mirror. :)

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      This is a very interesting hub. As a teacher, I,too, am quite often asked about my age. Just recently when some of my fifth grade students queried me on this matter, I told them to guess my age. The first student said 45 and I was flattered. I then told them the guess was incorrect and said they should shoot for a higher number. Another student said 50 until they reached 70 at which I told them to go lower. I never did give my exact age, but left it as being between 60 and 70. I regularly dye my hair and try to keep a smile on my face. If I didn't, I would look much older. Voted up and sharing.

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      Mike Elzner 5 years ago from Oregon

      Very interesting question, for me age is relative. It is about how you feel and also about where you are in life. I work with friends who are considered very old, average age of 85, so to my friends and to me, my age of 55 is young.

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      Akhand Pratap SIngh 5 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

      I never saw that question otherwise I would have answered it right there, but now I got the chance. In my case I tell people my real age proudly cause when I tell them that I am 18 now they are shocked by the very fact that being 18 I got such amazing things to talk, share and do my activities differ from 98% of my friends and colleagues. I visit a school near by my house it is school helping poor kids those are not financially strong we teach them free of costs and during other church activities I come across many kids I can say thousands of them and they end up saying ,"what is your age?? let me guess 21??" and to that I reply do I really look that old?? I am still in my teens. That point is kind of funny moment for me cause I like kids calling me big bro. Contrary to that many people around whom I meet in church and other places many times via social networking site they call me cute which makes me feel like a small kid aging 1-2 haha!! its funny how I can feel exactly same on different answers by different persons. Even though I always am true about my age.

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      I have to say, the difference between 18 and 23 these days is not really noticeable! You have kids who are in high school who look like they're older than 25 these days (and some probably are). The real qualities are those in their 50's who people mistake for their 30's, and those in their 30's that people mistake for their 50's - the real reason people don't ask other's ages...

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great Hub, interesting reading. I would say, aging is a natural process and it is just a number. What is important is how you perceive it. One is as young as he/she thinks. I am on the wrong side of fifty, but I love to sing romantic songs, be along with people half my age. I am quite enthusiastic to learn new things from the young generation.

      One should be young at heart. Rather you feel enriched and complete and have a sense of achievement to see how you have contributed in the making of society at large and your family in particular.

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      You compiled this so nicely!!! Thanks for including my little tidbit :-) In all honesty, age is just a number, really nothing to hide. Great hub!

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      Chloe Davis Smith 5 years ago from Minnesota

      My mother who is 49 likes to tell people she's in her late fifties. Because then she looks really good for her age. Her philosophy: Why say you're younger than you are because then you just look like you aged poorly.

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I loved how you took your question and turned it into a funny, interesting hub...I am honored that you chose my answer to write about,a well!