This weekend, Doris Day got a pretty big birthday surprise. Instead of celebrating her 93rd birthday it turned out it was her 95th. Doris must be freaking out, right? Wrong. She was actually pretty zen about the whole thing.
“I’ve always said that age is just a number,” she said in a statement on Sunday. “I have never paid much attention to birthdays, but it’s great to finally know how old I really am!
Which got us thinking: as certified ‘Young People’ we hear about age all the time – our economic experiences are set out by these ‘life markers’ we’re expected to reach, yet those seem to be getting further and further away – and it’s up for debate how much they really matter anyway.
So fine, we may be buying a house later, but we’re also getting married later, retiring a hell of a lot later and dying later. Maybe we should all be a bit more like Doris and chill – age is just a number after all.
OK, so say we do care about these ‘milestones’, it looks like we’re doing all of them later anyway. Let’s have a look at the stats.
UK: In 1960, people were expected to live to the age of 71. In 2014 it was 81.6.
US: In 1960, life expectancy was 69.77, now it's 78.94.
The point is, we do reach the economic landmarks we’re supposed to; does it really matter that we’re reaching them a little later? We all go through life in our own good time, so what’s the rush? Maybe it’s time we stopped worrying about how old we are and what we should and shouldn’t have done by now, cuz hey, you could be two years older than you thought you were anyway.