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Favorite age

  1. 7-12

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  2. 13-18

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  3. 19-24

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  4. 25-29

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  5. 30's

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  6. 40's

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  7. 50's

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  8. 60's

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  9. 70's

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  10. 80's

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  1. Oct 26, 2005 #1
    If you could choose one age to be for the rest of your life, what would it be? You would still have the same personality, mental abilities, and memories. If you picked being in the body of a child, you wouldn't have the social and legal restrictions of a child, but you'd have the physical restrictions. For the older ages, you wouldn't have the wear and tear of a normal elder, but you'd still have less muscle and fat. Anyone be like Gandalf and be old forever but still kick butt?
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  3. Oct 26, 2005 #2
    25-29, duh. No wait, I want to be old and sick until I die.
  4. Oct 26, 2005 #3


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    I checked 25-29. From about 24-30 was my physical peak. My back problems and diabetes were behind me, the arthritis was just barely starting, and no lung problems. (Damn, I miss playing baseball.:grumpy: )
    Oh yeah... and no trifocals.
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    I'm glad you split the 20s into two groups of ranges. I went with 25-29. Definitely wouldn't want to be stuck being any younger, since you're kind of foolish and nobody gives you any respect yet, but 25 to 29 is a good range. You still have the physical stamina of youth and have acquired more of the mental maturity of adulthood by then, so it's a good balance.
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    I picked 19-24, because its where I am now, and it's been better than anything else so far. I'm kind of afraid of growing older, moving on etc, so at the moment I'd rather stay where I am. I'm sure I'll change my mind once I reach the 25-30 bracket though.
  7. Oct 26, 2005 #6
    I chose 19-24 for the same reason as matt :smile:
  8. Oct 26, 2005 #7
    You wouldn't be sick, you'd just look old. I just mean what age do you want to appear as. Obviously, tho, you won't be doing any backflips if you choose 80's:biggrin:
  9. Oct 26, 2005 #8
    oh really!:grumpy::tongue2:
  10. Oct 26, 2005 #9
    I picked 25-29. Does that mean that I would have to die before I turn thirty?:frown: :wink:
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    I chose 25-29. Emotionally I have not changed since I was 25, intellectually, I have declined since I was 11. :frown:
  12. Oct 26, 2005 #11
    I'm one of the "forties" choices.

    What's with this 25 - 29 crap? That's the age where women wish they could find a nice guy, have a baby or two, blah blah blah.

    The more forty-year old women I meet, the more I realize that it's the best kept secret for women. Independence, baby, independence.

    Guess how old Rosa Parks was, when she refused to give up her seat?


    Guess how old Maya Angelou was when she wrote "I know why the caged bird sings"?


    Guess how old Indira Ghandi was when she became Prime Minister of India?


    Women in their forties aren't concerned with men and babies and all that domestic bull. They are concerned with putting their two cents on the *world,* baby.

    And I didn't cherry pick, by the way. The forty-something women I know, are *amazing.* So I knew that most of the remarkable women in history starting making headlines in their forties. For this post I picked the first three remarkable women that came to mind, and googled to find out when they started to make a significant, lasting, historical contribution. Every one was in their forties.

    Forties totally rock.

    I'll be there soon. (And I'm in the best physical shape of my life.)
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  13. Oct 26, 2005 #12
    (And I would guess they all had remarkable children, as well.)
  14. Oct 26, 2005 #13

    Although, it was hardly a choice.

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    Actually, independence is another reason I went with the 25 to 29 age. What's this about settling down and having babies in that age? I think in the 40s is when you're stuck saddled with kids, and they'll turn into teenagers in that decade no less. They'll need rides to soccer practice and the library, and everywhere else under the sun, and you've gone from being the adored parent to not being able to do a thing right in your child's eyes. In the 30s, most folks are saddled with small children and can't go anywhere without dragging along a kid (even those of us without kids have other people's kids imposed upon us in the 30s or else we'll never see our friends). But that was definitely not a concern of mine in my 20s. Only the crazy friends with 6 kids started having kids that young. Though, if I had to live the rest of my life in my late 20s, I'd pick a different career path...I wouldn't want to be a poor post-doc forever! :tongue2:
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    Well if I could I'd stay 21, just because I have the energy :!!)
  17. Oct 26, 2005 #16
    There is also a certain area in which ladies tend to peak in their forties. Considering the way the twenty somethings I've dated are in that area I think staying a twenty something should help me out if I ever date a forty something.
  18. Oct 27, 2005 #17
    Life starts at 50...
  19. Oct 27, 2005 #18
    I picked 80's. I've done the childhood thing and had my twenties already. I'm started on my thirties and I'm just beginning to see the age setting in. So I've done all the youthful stuff and would like to try something new. I haven't done the 80's thing yet and I wonder what that would be like. It would be interesting living decades in the body of an elderly man. To me things seem more valuable if I have to struggle to achieve them. I would appreciate going for a walk more as an elderly man just because it is more difficult to do. I would appreciate grandchildren because I may not have long to see them. Every moment would be that much more precious because I know there won't be that many left. If I could have that level of appreciation and understanding by taking an 80 year old body then I would like to try it out.

    If I don't get that then I'll stick with my own 30 something body and I'll just have to wait another 50 years.
  20. Oct 27, 2005 #19
    I picked 30's, because up until my early 30's life had always been a learning project. In my late 30's life became a giving project, I was able to apply all the things I had learned, with a confidence that insured me I was heading in the right direction.
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