Age is Completely Relative
Children are born with predetermined genetic characteristics. Their environment varies greatly. In addition to these two factors, each child is born a free will agent. This last characteristic overrides the other two in some respects. But, not with regard in many instances, to longevity.
People die at various ages, even if there are no catastrophic accidents hastening death.
Not only that...during the "last quarter", if you will, the rate of aging is completely relative. For some individuals, the process of aging is moderately slow. A few wrinkles this month. A bit of arthritis next year. Some loss of teeth or bladder difficulty a year or two later. However, for some, the aging process is quite rapid. Sight damage this month, heart arrhythmia next month, diabetes in two months. The *rate* of aging varies greatly.
I'm afraid I'm one of those whose rate of aging is proving rapid. But should I be surprised? While I've lived a moderately improved life over that of my parents, I've also outlived them both. The genes are stacked against me, it would seem.
So why am I writing this? Because I do hope no one will think that, because I'm not eighty, I should not be "acting" as if I'm older than I am. Would you do that if you met me?
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