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17 February 2011 @ 03:42 pm
[Poll] Age Appropriate Clicking  
I'm reading a book that, well, it's good, but I'm getting that feeling I sometimes get, the sneaking suspicion that I am reading not essays but anthropology. Or xenology. My point is, the person who wrote this book is not like me. I'm pretty sure we're members of entirely different species, in fact.

And she keeps saying she talked to all her friends, and they all agree, and my basic thought there is, hey, maybe you should make some more friends. A social circle is more entertaining when you don't agree on everything.

Then it occurred to me that I should maybe check out her points of universal agreement with my friends (and acquaintances and people randomly browsing friends friends who are yearning to click on some buttons). So. A poll. Help me out, here, people, I am really truly curious.



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the cold genius: are you a good king or a bad king?angevin2 on February 18th, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)
I have enough trouble getting students to accept me as an authority figure without looking like an eleven-year-old.
agehanokoisexybee on February 18th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
I can't really imagine anyone (over the age of 12) who'd want to look like a 12 year old. Certainly not 12 year old me, who was super skinny, flat-chested, knobbly-kneed, covered in acne and topped with my horrendous experiment of a perm. And not 10 years younger either, because I pretty much looked exactly the same as now. But I still have moments when I cannot believe that I am some how a "grown up" now. I am convinced that it is some sort of trick, and someday someone will catch on that mentally I am still 10 and enjoy watching cartoons, staying up past my bedtime, and sneaking sweets.
(no subject) - thefourthvine on February 18th, 2011 12:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - malnpudl on February 18th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
misspamelamisspamela on February 18th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
If I was 20 years younger, I would be 14. So, NO. A BIT OF AN AWKWARD TIME THERE.

I put that I was unhappy with my life, even though I am pleased with how things are going at the moment, I am deeply unhappy with what I have (not) accomplished in my life. If I could set the course of my life differently from age 24 on, I would do so in a heartbeat.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV dogtagsthefourthvine on February 18th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, no. I would be 17. Slightly less awkward? And yet, NO.

What would you do differently with your life from 24 on? (I'm curious because I've always thought, well, all of that is what made me who I am now. And I like who I am now. So I can't wish it away, even if a lot of it seriously sucked at the time.)
(no subject) - misspamela on February 18th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC) (Expand)
Koreydancinguniverse on February 18th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
I'm also with the contingent of people who would be absurdly young if de-aged 20 years. Not a positive thing by hardly anyone's standards.

I'm actually not hugely happy with my life at the moment, though I checked that I was. I am doing all the things I planned to be doing, and I have more plans that are being set into motion right now. So while I may not be as happy as I'd like at the moment, I hope that the things I am doing now will change that within the year.

I never know how old to feel. I don't feel like I'm the age I am, though that's the box I clicked, but that's because it swings wildly from, "Oh my God, how can you trust me with this, I have no idea what I'm doing, I'm just a kid!" to "Jesus fucking Christ, I've been acting like an adult for years now, and you're the same age I am. How are you this immature?"

Which is the same situation I've found myself in for about 8 years, I think, but those swings just keep getting wider and wider. You know, as you get older, people actually do entrust you with more and more important things, so there's more to worry about when you don't know if you can handle it. And from the other end, the older I get, the less I understand people my age acting like college freshman who just realized they don't live with their parents anymore. Shouldn't you have gotten all that out of your system when you were a college freshman? Or at least in college at all?
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV flowersthefourthvine on February 18th, 2011 06:51 am (UTC)
I don't feel like I'm the age I am, though that's the box I clicked, but that's because it swings wildly from, "Oh my God, how can you trust me with this, I have no idea what I'm doing, I'm just a kid!" to "Jesus fucking Christ, I've been acting like an adult for years now, and you're the same age I am. How are you this immature?"

Oh, man, yes. I had the biggest dose of "how can you trust me with this?" when we brought the earthling home from the hospital. It totally displaced the previous record-setter, which was when we bought our first house and took out a seriously scary mortgage. In both cases, I kept waiting for someone to notice that this was ME they were trusting. ME.

And I spent much of my undergraduate career doing violent eyerolling at people who were all older than me and yet could not do things like, you know, laundry. Or feeding themselves. Or figuring out that maybe drinking a fifth of vodka and taking a handful of muscle relaxants is a bad idea. Or or or or. I just. Seriously, people.
(no subject) - dancinguniverse on February 18th, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
I'm not fluent in your dialect of crazydine on February 18th, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
at 51, I could certainly drop 20 years (and a bunch of weight) which would be ok - not essential, but I wouldn't mind. and without some of the weight, maybe a few of my aches & pains would also vanish, which would be keen too

Malmalnpudl on February 18th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
Ditto, likewise, and me, too. :-)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on February 18th, 2011 06:53 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Tim Middleston Appreciation Societywax_jism on February 18th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
I already look ten years younger than I am. Another ten would just make it all ridiculous.

Responsibility and whatnot makes you feel grownup, I'm sure. I don't have kids or a house or a ~real job, so I can just flit around carefree as a bird in the sky. I can't say I feel any particular age, though. I just feel kind of the same as I always have.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV lettersthefourthvine on February 18th, 2011 06:58 am (UTC)
I can't say I feel any particular age, though. I just feel kind of the same as I always have.

I sort of feel the same way - I mean, I don't sit around going, "I might BE 37, but at heart I'm a pup!" I assumed this meant I felt the age I actually am.

(You do so have a real job, though.)
(no subject) - wax_jism on February 18th, 2011 01:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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cricketkcricketk on February 18th, 2011 05:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, if I don't get the functioning of the younger me, changing the outside is not worth the bother.
(no subject) - thefourthvine on February 18th, 2011 07:01 am (UTC) (Expand)
A pink plastic crypt that fits in your palmfiveforsilver on February 18th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
I wasn't sure what to put for "how old do you feel" because it's not that I feel a specific age, it's just that I feel young, possibly because I spend a lot of my social time with people quite a bit older than me. But anyway, I'm almost 30, so I feel like I'm supposed to be some sort of moderately mature adult with my life together and on track, whereas in reality...ok, moderately mature, sometimes, but on track? Definitely not.

Overall I'm pretty happy with where I'm at currently, though there are some pretty big "but"s there, like I have no money and no job and no health insurance. All those things (assuming it was a job I liked okay and useful health insurance) would improve my life considerably. But there are other things that outweigh that in the happiness consideration.

And as for age...ten years younger and I wouldn't be taken seriously, twenty years younger and I would be a child, so absolutely not.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV shoesthefourthvine on February 18th, 2011 07:07 am (UTC)
But anyway, I'm almost 30, so I feel like I'm supposed to be some sort of moderately mature adult with my life together and on track, whereas in reality...ok, moderately mature, sometimes, but on track?

And this reminds of me a Paula Poundstone bit, where she stood in front of the audience and said, "Everyone who knows what they want to be when they grow up, raise your hand." And almost no one did, of course. I mean, my life can't be on track; for it to be on track, I would have to have a GOAL. Somewhere for the track to GO to.
(no subject) - fiveforsilver on February 18th, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
the pirate queen of norwayashkitty on February 18th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
I forget how old I am all the time for reals. My sister sent me an email after my last birthday that said 'so how does 36 feel?' and I stared at it for a few minutes trying to figure out what she meant. 36 what? Bra size? Temperature? Then realised and felt silly. Most of my friends locally are about 24, so that's what I put down for how old I feel. We're in about the same place in our lives. I'm happy with where I am, but do feel a bit as if time slipped away when I wasn't looking and wouldn't mind at all rewinding it a bit.

So yeah, I'd take a pill that made me look 16. That year wasn't THAT great, but in another couple years I'd look like I did at 18, and frankly, I was smokin'. ;)
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV bluethefourthvine on February 18th, 2011 07:10 am (UTC)
True fact: I probably shouldn't be asking anyone how old they feel. For months and months, I thought I'd be turning 39 on my last birthday. And then the birthday came and I did the math and found out, no, actually I'm turning 37. Embarrassing! Usually I need to subtract to figure out how old I am, but at least that means I'm usually RIGHT.

So yeah, I'd take a pill that made me look 16. That year wasn't THAT great, but in another couple years I'd look like I did at 18, and frankly, I was smokin'. ;)

...You realize that now I want to see a picture, right?
(no subject) - ashkitty on February 18th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - sheldrake on February 18th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
ella404 on February 18th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
I would look *two*. I imagine that would make functioning like an adult a little bit tricky. And cause complications in my romantic life.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV brownthefourthvine on February 18th, 2011 07:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, that wouldn't work out so well. (Which was much of the point of this poll. In the book I'm reading, the author says, "Who wouldn't take a pill to look 20 years younger?" And I thought, um, lots of people, actually.)
bleedtobluebleedtoblue on February 18th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
I'm very happy with my life. I've accomplished a lot, but I have gone back to grad school to embark on a second career. I hope to accomplish much more! I doubt if most people under fifty would like to look twenty years younger, but I'd be really pleased to look thirty again. I wouldn't have plastic surgery to achieve it, but a pill? I think so
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV dogtagsthefourthvine on February 18th, 2011 07:16 am (UTC)
Makes sense to me! (And, oo, second career. I'm curious, because I'm still trying to figure out what my next career will be.)
(no subject) - bleedtoblue on February 19th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
opheliastornopheliastorn on February 18th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
Haha, I'm sure my life would vastly improve if I looked all of two years old! Um ...

Mind you, forget 'looking' 20 years younger - I've got dodgy joints from both sides of the family, so if as I grew older someone gave me a magical ankles/knees/wrists-don't-give-out pill, I would be on it like a shot. Also shoulders.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV flowersthefourthvine on February 18th, 2011 07:19 am (UTC)
I would totally love a pill that rolled my body's FUNCTION back. Lungs! Lungs that actually WORKED! That would be so awesome. And hips and feet that weren't fucked up from pregnancy. That is the pill I want.
Teeny Gozer: All That Sarah Jane!teenygozer on February 18th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
I am 52, and I feel about 30. If I took that pill, I'd look how I feel, so I'm down with that.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV glowythefourthvine on February 18th, 2011 07:20 am (UTC)
Makes sense to me!
Rosfoi_nefaste on February 18th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
I'm 27, and quite happy with it, really, so no, I wouldn't like to look 7 (or 13, or 17, for that matter).

That said, if I had the opportunity to go back to being the person I was at 13 with the knowledge I have today? Damn right I'd take that!
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV Katamari Damacythefourthvine on February 18th, 2011 07:22 am (UTC)
I wouldn't. I just couldn't face living through adolescence again. The first time through nearly killed me. *shudders*
Stasiastasia on February 18th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
I'm another of the people who'd rather have a pill that let me actually go back in time. There are things I'd do differently, large parts of my life that are, well, livable but not good which I could do better.

As could we all, I assume.

After I broke up with my ex-husband, I spent a few obsessive, slightly unhealthy months determining exactly when I should go back to.

*ahem*

Stasia
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV lettersthefourthvine on February 18th, 2011 07:26 am (UTC)
Okay, now I'm curious - when exactly should you go back to?

(No, you don't have to say.)

I've always been of the "that suffering made me who I am today, and if I changed it, I might end up as an asshole" school of thought. I mean, there were a lot of truly sucky parts of my past, but - I don't think I could take the risk of changing them.
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Gummo Bergman's "Silent Strawberries"marginaliana on February 18th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
I'm 30, but I get frequently told I look 17, so honestly, I am not ready to look any younger!