Tonight I was at a work-related party. Beer in hand, I was talking with a volunteer I hadn’t met before. I knew she had kids and that she had recently moved back from Seattle with her husband. I should add that she’s a very attractive woman.
While we were chatting–I can’t remember how this came up–she revealed that she was 42 years old. My genuine response was, “Really?!”
She laughed and said, “How old do I look?”
How old do I look? The ageless question. Women, is there any right answer to this question when you’re over 30?
I have tried for years to find a good answer to this question. Obviously their actual age is off limits. You want to go younger. But how much younger? I’ve tried going way under their age, but this comes across as disingenuous. But you can’t get too close to their actual age either.
So what did I say tonight? I answered honestly: 35.
“35?!” she exclaimed. “People always tell me look much younger than that!”
Well, people be lying. But here’s the thing: Who cares? Who cares if you’re 42 and you don’t look like you’re 27 anymore? Why not be happy that you’re a pretty damn hot 42 year old? That seems like quite an accomplishment in itself.
I’m so curious to hear what you women think. How old are you, and what age do you want men to say when you ask, “How old do I look?”