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I'm turning 38 in two weeks. Most men my age are fat, balding, have much facial hair, and wrinkles. You can clearly see that they are 38, unless they are a model and then you only see their touched up photos or they use makeup. I have never used any anti-aging products nor have I lived a totally healthy lifestyle. I even smoked for over 10 years. However, many people swear that I look more like 25 than 38 and they often demand to see my ID. Before the newer plastic credit card style IDs came out, I used to have to sign a book whenever I went to a bar or bought alcohol at a store stating that if I were caught for minor in possession, the establishment that served me could not be charged. Most people would probably kill to have this condition. But trust me, it is more of a curse than a blessing. Because I look so young, I often attract younger women who freak out when they find out how old I really am. Women my age don't want to date me because they look way older than I do. I am wondering if I don't have some kind of hormone imbalance or something. I have searched the internet for anyone else that has a similar problem, but cannot find anything about it anywhere. There are hormone imbalances that age you quicker, but none that age you slower. It only seems natural to me that one could not exist without the other. I really need to know if there is a possible health risk or if there are others out there like me.
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IT's NOT AS FUN AS YOU'd THINK!!

I am 33 and most days I appear to be 17 or younger.

I have been disrespected by people who thought I was a teen mom. I have been ignored by sales clerks who think I was a teen just browsing. I( have been talked down to. And I have put on weight - ON PURPOSE- to try and have a more mature look.

Female peers think I am lying about my real age- and men overlook me because they think I'm jail bait..... Even my son says, geez mom - you look as young as some of the kids in my school (he's in middle school).

I'm tired of being called "sweetie" and "that girl".
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Aleks85
@: tinaki
hot.
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@: Aleks85
Youth doesnt mean bueaty stupid. There are ugly young people if u haven't noticed.
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True, however, if you are handsome as well as youthful, you have it all. ;)
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@: GaryR60
I'm 31 and still waiting for my puberty >_<
My height increased a lot by age 27.

Good sign is I'm still growing taller despite of my current age and feel really good about my health.


Sid
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@: smsid
By "puberty," I take it you mean you can't grow facial hair yet? I couldn't really grow a mustache or beard until I was about 50.
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@: GaryR60
Sadly shallow and glaringly obviously cannot be true.

If you are handsome and youthful then you have looks and a youthful appearance and nothing else.

You also may need intelligence, perception, compassion, understanding, strength, loyalty, focus, concentration, enthusiasm, generosity, love, hope, fidelity, integrity and a whole host of other atributes, both positive and negative, that will nonetheless be useful in life.

I think the crux of this post is that these concerns come up out of the notion that we do not and can not ever live up to the visual standards of what the media says we should be. Truth is the media do not celebrate diversity or anything deeper than looks and status symbols.

But life is a long learning curve. If you choose to pay attention or care to dare to be different.

;) (This wink is ironic)
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You're calling someone stupid while trying to convince them that your opinion is right and you can't spell beauty. That is, how shall I put it, hasty, at best.
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@: tinaki
i relate to you and i know how it hurts. Its the very reason im here right now.
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@: revlon
Me, too. I found this page by doing a search for the number of people who look many years younger than they are, as I am one of the "club," myself.
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@: tinaki
I know how you feel! I just turned 38 and I still look no older than my 18 yr. old daughter! I wish I can understand the benefits of looking like a teenager. No, I don't wanna wrinkle before my time, but I'd like to look like an adult. It's been a holdback. I've been rejected teaching positions as a result of looking like a kid. Too many babies want to date me and worst of all the public sees me and my daughter as sisters rather than mother and daughter. So I know what you're going through. I want someone wise to tell us what should we be thankful for.
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The benefit is that, as long as you remain in relatively good health, you'll probably always continue to look many years younger than you are and this will tend to follow you through every decade of your life, so enjoy looking 40 when you're in your 50s. :)
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@: tinaki
Start writing. Open up a blog. Teach and educate people and society, who doesn't know that being a 'physically over-grown' has nothing to do with mental maturity. In your eloquently articulated convincing and persuasive open letters, readers will get impressed by you, without having a picture of your face and body. It will boost your confidence too, as you will get to know that there are people in this world who judge by quality and maturity (MENTAL MATURITY of course) and not by appearance. BE A SOCIAL REFORMER AND FIGHT AGAINST MENTAL ILLNESS. This is coming from a gentleman.
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@: tinaki
I was about where you are now when I was your age. I began to notice there was something different about me when I was still in my teens and I have always known it is genetic because my father was the same way and so are my brother and sister. It probably, as nearly as I can tell, is a genetic inheritance that really begins to "kick in" after puberty. If you're like me, you probably have abnormally oily skin and hair, right? This is because our sebaceous glands - the glands that produce skin and hair oil - produce more than the average person's does. This is important in aging because it is our skin oil that keeps our skin youthful looking and supple. I found, into my forties, that I had an "embarrassing" problem with my face being oily and I would slip into the men's room a couple of times a day, at work, to blot up the excess oil with a paper towel. Anyway, this is one of the physical traits I have identified, myself. I have been trying to find a scientific basis for my "condition" for many years, but it is so comparatively rare and that it has apparently gone unstudied. Anyway,as you and others here have expressed, and as i will attest, myself, it is a curse when you are young. No one takes you seriously and you're viewed as a freak. However, don't despair because we get our "revenge" later on. I am 60 years old and will be 61 in October of this year, however, by all accounts from the people I meet, I look like I am 45. At 21, I looked 14. At 32, I looked 16. At 42, people still thought I was about 22, and so on. I have figured that, given my past experience and the apparent widening of the gap between my chronological age and my apparent age, I should look 60 when I'm 80. The other day, I met an old woman on a bus who looked about 80 and was actually 92. So, while we are rare, we're not total freaks. In fact, since my thirties, I have noticed that the number of people who are in their twenties and still look like teenagers has increased, somewhat. Another anecdote: the actors who portrayed Bill MacMurray's sons in the 1960s TV show, "My Three Sons" were all in their twenties when they portrayed teenagers in the show. Looking back, my advice is to enjoy the ride because it only gets better. :)

Gary
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@: GaryR60
I know what you are talking about when you talk about being referred to as a freak (or worse yet, a pedophile). Believe me, I'm 38 years old and I could easily imposter Justin Bieber and he's half my age. I don't even LOOK 38. A lot of people look at me and think that I'm underage. And it is definitely a curse. That is why in business situations, I have to look like I'm running for president in order to avoid being lumped in with somebody much younger. A lot of people think I'm stupid and they dont take me seriously. If you looked at me, you would swear I was a teenager. And I dont have an explanation for this. Although I will say this: This is definitely an asset if you end up working in the entertainment industry. I am flying out to CA for a writer's conference in under a month and that is where looking young is to my advantage, especially if I try and get acting roles within the projects that I wrote. I can't count the number if times I have had people GAWK at me for at least thirty seconds thinking I'm JB or yell something directed me saying "THERES NO BIEBER FEVER HERE! YOU COULD PASS FOR JUSTIN BIEBER!" This was being said even when I had a buzz cut military style. I stopped doing that because of the fact that I also have a permanent surgery scar on my head from having brain surgery and i don't want to draw attention to that and have people refer to me as being crazy. There's one way to tell us apart: I don't have tattoos on my arm and my ears aren't pierced. (And I don't mean any disrespect in that area.) But by all accounts, with minor variations we must be brothers, because our body type is similar in every other aspect.

With regard to how this is a curse, I can't count the number of times people have told me to grow the f*** up, probably more out of envy than anything else. These situations in life piss me off and make want to slap somebody. I'm not doing anything wrong so far as I'm concerned, I am just trying to live my life. When I hear people say that I'm not acting my chronological age, I want to tell them to suck an egg. Most of my friends are half my age, because that is who I identify with. I basically use this as my excuse to be a kid at heart -- I have interests that revolve around video games, much to the chagrin of people like Dr. Phil who want to pick on me for something I have no damn control over. I personally don't care. I play PS3 games and 3DS games because that is what people "my age" do. And because by all accounts, I grew up with an 8-bit NES so I don't see what is wrong with how I choose to live my life. As long as I am not on illegal drugs or doing something to get myself arrested (I'm on SSDI currently because of issues that revolve around job discrimination due to having epilepsy since two), then I don't see what the big deal is.

I have told people my actual age and they exclaimed "EXCUSE ME!?!?" because in social situations they were talking down to me like I was 12 and I had to remind them that I at the time was 37. They were treating me with abuse, not knowing that they were taking to someone who had been around the block more than a few times. I'm also 5 feet 11 inches , only a few inches taller than the king of Twitter. He hasn't followed me yet, but maybe that will change. If you put me and JB next to one another, you might have difficulty telling us apart. (And this is by no means a fan obsession that I have with him, although I did use that briefly to my advantage in order to get my scripts optioned and possibly sold.) And nothing has happened yet, but that could change in another month and I could be worth seven or eight figures somewhere down the line.

But with that being said, looking half my age definitely has it's advantages, especially if I end up working in Hollywood soon.
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@: DJM2759
I will post my website address once I see what type of response this gets. (And no, this website has my script projects on it that I'm trying to sell in another month.) But for all intents and purposes, when I'm wearing shades and dressed casually, people tend to do a double-take (or they chastise me and say they are getting tired of this s***). I look the way that I look and I personally don't care about the vitriol and anger that other people have toward me because they want to treat me with kid gloves.
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@: DJM2759
I totally can relate to you. Im a 28yo guy and people think Im 13-16. I'd like to talk more to u bout this. U can search me on FB, my SN at hotmail dot com.
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I typed in your email on fb. You're really 28? That's quite impressive.
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@: tinaki
I'm also ur age and people take me as 10 yrs younger. the worst thing is that im still unmarried and men my age don't take interest in me. when I was in my late 20's i used to be approached by men 5-6 yrs younger than me and now i'm approached by men who are more than 10 yrs younger than me but obviously they don't want to marry me when they find out about my real age. People who don't know my age treat me as little girl and I feel extremely embarrassed. They are shocked when i tell them my real age so its hard for me to tell anyone my real age. Sometimes I feel that I'm deceiving people. Am I a vampire? :(
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@: naz786
You're only a vampire if you feed off blood to maintain your youth lol.

Anyway I find that people are very close-minded when it comes to the age thing. It's just a number in the end. I don't mind if a girl is more than 10 years older than me, but looks the same age as I do. If two people share the same level of mental maturity, then I don't see why not. Guys who reject you based on your age were probably not meant for you anyway. But I'm sure you'll find the right one who accepts you and your blessed youth. :)
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@: naz786
You not the only one my youthful looks ruining my chances of meeting someone special. I am an 34 year old would like to settle down with someone special, spotted this site and want to tell others my story. Reading people's stories made me feel better I am not the only one with this non ageing much gene. When in company of people younger then myself I feel embarrassed because I know I am much older then them, but people think I am the youngest. Plus side of looking younger get on with people younger then yourself ,but i feel its a curse don't really want in my life. True story from last week I lady approached me when out asked me to go to a bar with her, had a dance first and we got on we'll with each other, but once she asked my age didn't want nothing to do with me. Happened a few times now try to joke it off at times and tell others I am immortal. Everyone around seems to be meeting others and dating, then getting engaged and getting married followed by kids.
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@: tinaki
I'm 24 and don't have facial hair and I look like im 17 to 19.And no one believes my age.it sucks but maybe we will live longer.
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@: tinaki
i think you might be an incarnate taking on your true form

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaAWdljhD5o&feature=kp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlYMZHn-6jAv

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPKAwJKGSDc


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjGx-ffbS_4

these guys have been able to tell the cabal bend over in short order because they want to fix these problems

your child might have some unusual abilities maybe really good in math or some form of precognition the clips above look just like me and i have aged either i look not a day over 20 some would say 18 and i am 30 i have telepathy to some small degree and really advanced remote viewing skills that required me to use non standard protocols but still work

you have an outdated desktop computer you do not use instead you opt for the laptop but you got a new desk

now i wish you luck in both how your treated and your future tasks





i can not say what you are just that your not from here and you will have a very long life span and you will gain great intellect

you might have noticed allot of people with that look in the music industry
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I am 35 years old, and will turn 36 in September. Less than one week before my 34th birthday, I was carded for a Rated R movie - I had to show ID to prove I was over 17!

Trust me, it is more annoying than it is complimentary - I have 13 years of professional experience (received BS degree in 1997). Yet, during an interview, I find I have to work my age into the conversation in order to get the potential employer and/or the potential client (I started my own business last year) to take me seriously as a professional. Most people who interview me as a prospective consultant/employee have to be convinced that I'm not some new college grad who lied on her resume to get an interview for a senior-level position and/or to negotiate a higher salary/consulting rate.

Regarding dating: Not only do I get asked out by 20yo kids (or even high school jail bait!), I also get asked out by 50-60yo men who like *really* young girls and who are thrilled to find that I'm legal but don't look it. EW!

No offense to the young people on this board, but I just don't want to date 20yo college students. I am looking for a serious relationship with a man who is ready to get married and have children in the next few years. In most cases. a 20yo college student is just finding out what it means to pursue a lifelong commitment to a partner - usually someone his/her own age - and most college students aren't interested in becoming parents until they are in their mid-to-late twenties. By that point, I will be 40yo, and my risk of having my first child born with Down's Syndrome goes up quite a bit.

So, it's an interesting challenge - how to get people to take you seriously as an adult when you show every sign of looking like a 17-22yo kid until you are well into your forties. I'd love to hear strategies that have worked for all you other ageless folks out there.

So far, what I do is work my age into conversations early in my personal and professional relationships. When I want to build a long-term personal or professional relationship, I know that first impressions count. So, I make sure our first conversation provides either a clue to my age (like the year I earned my BS - 1997) or a direct statement of my age.

It's actually sort of funny to watch a person's face as he/she completely readjusts his/her mindset upon discovering that I'm about 15 years older than I look. It's usually a very visible process - the person's face will register shock first, then *maybe* a bit of embarrassment, and then enlightenment. Then there'll be this thoughtful pause, as the person mentally readjusts his/her concept of me, and then revises his/her end of the conversation on the fly to bring it in line with my true age and professional experience level. :)
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do you get the "but you look so young!!!" or the "oh my god whats your secret?" or the "that can't be real"
or the "how do i know this isn't your older brother?" (errm... because i has my photo printed on it?)
or the "i know a guy that prints these out of his basement" whenever you show them your ID?
because i get these comments every single fucking time.....
i'm 25. i look 17.
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All of that, plus, "You must have had some work done!" Hahaha!
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Or "What's your secret!? I really wanna know!". I've got that a couple or so times.
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damn you are a fighter
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I appreciate your observation. It's insightful indeed
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The last time I was carded was at 32, while having dinner at a restaurant with my father, who was in his 60s at the time and looked like a man of about 48, himself. :)
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i always looked younger also.when i was 30 i married a girl 18 and so began to hang with younger people.i'm 56 now but easily pass to be in my mid 30's. because i hung with younger people since 30,i'm not attracted to women my own age and i think on a much younger level as well.i'm into 80's music and much of the current stuff as well(other people my age are typically 70's finatics) and i enjoy doing much younger things than any 56 year old(six flags,carnivals,roller coasters,theme parks,hanging out,cruising,actually having fun).when younger girls are attracted it bites me in the ass to have to eventually tell them my age.cause they begin to avoid me when they find out.but overall,looking younger will be your friend when you begin to reach mid 40's and into your 50's.believe me,you'd rather be around people in their 30's when your in your 50's unless you become 'old fashioned' and tend to build a shrine in your head dedicated to your high school and graduation years(don't do that i warn you).i never did so.i continued to listen to the cureent music of the day as wellas my preference(80's as i said) and that along with looking much younger has helped me feel and remain physically much younger./don't knock your youngish apperance./when your in your 50's and can attract women in their late 20's and 30's,you won't have to tell them your age..now if they ask,i just say"well how old do i look" and if they say "30-ish" i just smile and reply "that sounds good enough to me" . appearing to be younger has it's drawbacks but overall it'll be your best friend in the future.believe me.
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I straight out tell them my age when they ask. I don't ever feel the need to lie to them about it. I find that they are always more impressed than freaked out. If they ask how I do it, I just say it's a result of my clean lifestyle and fitness. Females appreciate that.
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I am a 51 year old male. I believe my aging process started slowing down when I was 12. I don't mean I look 12 but each year after it seemed it took three or four years to look another year older. I never paid too much attention to this until my late 20s when people would make comments after finding out my age. It is difficult for me to tell you how old I think I look but strangers think I am in my 30s. Maybe it is because I am half Italian. My father died in a plane crash in his 60s and his last photo taken four months before his death appears to be a person in their early to mid 30s. The only sign of age on me is when I get lack of sleep my eyes look tired. Also my eyes are very sensitive. I don't mean for this to sound scary but my eyes hurt if I am in bright light. I don't like the sun and I prefer to go out at night.
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Interesting. Your' story is similar to mine. I didn't stop growing until my late 20's. But while I don't have issues with the sun my eyes are a bit sensitive. I'm half Italian also.
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For me, my height stopped growing when I had my growth spurt at 13 to 14, but I couldn't grow a beard until I was in my fifties.
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Thank you! You have just supplied the corroboration I was looking for that this starts right about at puberty. Another factor, for me, was that, by14, I had attained my full adult height of six feet and never grew another inch afterward. This made me appear very tall and skinny for my age and I was teased mercilessly for it, but it was part of why I looked so much younger, also. By high school, I was amazed at how old looking the kids in my classes were. I remember being envious of guys who could grow a beard at 16 and who could pass for 21. I later realized it was me who had the real advantage because when I saw those same people at my 20th high school reunion, they looked like old men, with wrinkles and grey hair, whereas.
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@: GaryR60
Hrmmm different for my case. I hit puberty at 12-13 and completely stopped growing at 15. I'm still the same height now. But back then I actually looked older than my age. At 14, everybody said I looked 16. At 15, I looked roughly 17. My aging must have slowed down at 18 and came to a halt around 19-20. I still look the same almost a decade later. So I think this 'irregular' aging thing could kick in at different times for different people.

Oh and I was able to grow a beard/mustache ever since 16ish. Never had an issue with being sensitive to light though.
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I have the same thing I stopped aging at 16, im 22 now and people still think im a high school kid. I always thought it was a slight genetic mutation because I also havnt been sick even with a cold since then and im somewhat hypersensitive too light. I was a fetus near the Chernobyl nuclear accident in the Ukraine so maybe thats it.
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@: Inter
Interesting. There have been times when people have asked me why I'm squinting and I tell them it's bright and they disagree. This still persists for me, even now, in my sixties.
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@: Inter
I forgot to tell you that it IS genetic, for sure. This runs in my family, on both sides. I have photos my great-great-grandfather in his early sixties, taken in the 1890s, and he looked like a man of about 48 or so. This was true for my father, as well. On my mother's side, my grandfather, though he was bald by his thirties, still looked like a man in his 60s when he was in his early 80s (and male pattern baldness is not an age related thing, but also is genetic).
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@: GaryR60
I definitely agree that genetics play a huge part. My mother and father both look young for their ages, and so do my brother and I today. But, our parents definitely did not look as young as we do when they were our ages. I'm thinking it's probably cause my brother and I are both fitness enthusiasts and we eat healthy. So it could be that we would already look young from our genetics. But on top of that, we further prolonged our youth with our active and healthy lifestyle.
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@: Inter
After my aging stopped at around 20, I found that my immune system improved and I rarely ever got sick. Even if I do on rare occasions, my healing rate is incredible. I don't have the issue with light though.
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i thought it was just me who feels this way!
i'm 24 years old and people say i look like i should be in junior high! but have you seen junior high kids lately??? most of the 8th graders are giants!
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Let me give you a simple but effective advice. Use difficult and tough words regularly, the meaning of which the listener has to think out. First, people might think that your are over-matured and showing off to make an impression (because they think you are a 'kid' by looking at your face)...but, if you make it a habit (for which of course you have to give time in your study and develop your rhetorical skill)...people's view about you will gradually change. They might not like you for your maturity out of envy, but they will certainly avoid calling you a 'kid', because linguistic proficiency and prowess is a definite sign of ripening
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I know just what you mean, but I never had to put on airs. In fact, because of the way I speak, which is not much different from the way I write, people my age thought I was "weird" for a teenager (though I was in my early thirties). This became even more apparent when the conversation would turn to topics the average teenager has little to no knowledge of, or when I'd describe events from the 1950s as if I had been there myself (because I had been!).
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I've been there, too. At 24, I wanted a date with a girl who was my age and she wouldn't agree to it because she thought I was 15, and she on,y thought that because we were working together and she knew I had to be at least 15 to legally work.
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Oh, another thing: At 22, fresh out of the Air Force, I went back to school and no one thought I was in my twenties, of course. But, for financial reasons (called making a living!) I had to drop out and I didn't return to complete my degree until ten years later, at 32. Even then, I still fit right in. I remember sitting in class one day when the guy next to me said, "Man, you're going to look old before your time." I smiled and said, "Uuumm...look me up when you're 32 and we'll see what you look like, eh?" He said, "You're 32?!!"
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I checked online to see if there were others like me and I see here there are. I remember being about or exactly 25 or so and the plumber nearly falling when he found out my real age. Fast forward. Now I am 43 and in the same boat. I am a returning college student. My experience should be that of someone looking like they headed back to college. Well I have to live with teachers telling all of us in class we are too young to know what it is like to live without computers or that we are the next generation so take care of the environment. There was one teacher who said she is older than us all. Sorry Teach, I think you are younger than I am. It is embarrasing. I try to avoid clues of my older experiences with many a person. I cannot easily feel I can correct people especially teachers and others in authority. One teacher only suspected maybe I was older because I acted more mature and when I imitated Shultz from Hogan's Heroes he outright asked me since young people today he said don't know any shows or movies past their birthdates. I feel like an undercover cop and in school I'm afraid to grow a beard. It does have grey in it and the contrast even though not enough to make me grandpa makes me nervous. Yes women my own age would not give me the time of day and what do I do with those who look like me and are young enough to have been babies when I was first in college? Fortunately I seem to be hooking up with a female 2 years younger than me who also does not look her age. My siblings also look younger which is a relief since if I am to age slowly I sure want them to as well. How young we look seems to go in birth order, so my younger sister is worse/better off than I am. It is hard to get people to sympathesize and indeed it has a nice side to it, in theory at least, but still there is a great deal of embarassment. I'm hoping everyone in my generation ages more slowly too so I will look more insinc.
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I have wondered for twenty years why i am not aging, I am 51 and i still look and feel 28, I think as a 51 year old, my children are 31,30,29, they accept me and understand. others between the ages of 35 to 60 normally make fools of themselves by saying treating me as a twenty year old. when they discover that i am 51 the same reaction, embarrassment. i have 6 grandchildren also. I have searched and searched online for people like me. i found them on this site i will post my picture and profile another day. but thank you for speaking for me. I am attracted to women my age who took care of their bodies and i am attracted to women 28 and up they seem to be more compatible to me. and i am more attracted to them. thanks
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Same here, James. No wonder I used to love watching "Highlander" and identified with the character. ;)
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Just wondering, do your kids look young for their ages too?
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I am also a late bloomer and finished school at age 26. one of my teachers always used to say "how old are you guys 21,22" and I go oh God.
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I'm a medical professional and I've been practicing my specialty for 16 years, not including the 4 years of professional education, which gives me 20 years of experience in my field.

I am 40 and I look like I'm in my mid to late 20's. It's a curse. Patients don't take me seriously. Female patients over the age of 40 are the worst. They question me on my age to the point of harassment. One patient just last week asked me if I just graduated from college. I told her no and gave her the year of graduation and she was surprised. She kept pressing the issue in a condescending manner and finally I told her I was 40. I was about to pull out my driver's license!

I've been listening to the same commentary for 16 years, and I'm a little sick of it. When you're in my position, age comments are not a compliment, but an insult, because the patient is questioning your authority and your credentials.

I used to wear eye makeup to make myself look older, until I developed an allergy to all of it. So, now I look like a kid again.

I don't dye my hair anymore because of a hair dye allergy. I do have a few scant speckled grays but not enough to help.

My latest scheme to look older is to wear suits and skirts that are earth tones or darker in color (no pastels). Dress to the nines. I also wear glasses that are not youthful and trendy, but of more traditional style.

I do have same problem with dating. I would date a man who is as old as 60. But the young 20 somethings keep asking me out and granted, they are cute, but I'm not into the cougar thing. The men my age stay away from me because they think I'm too young.

I even have had people MY AGE call me "sweetie" or "honey" or have had them talk to me like "when you get to be my age ..." Even my own cousin, who knows I used to babysit him, said, "Yeah, when you get to be my age ..." I said, "DUDE, I'm OLDER than you!!!" He was like, "Oh yeah. That's right."

Ugh!!!
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@: 40or26
i feel you. It is a sad world for us.
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@: revlon
Are you guys serious?!!!! LOL!!! There are alot worse things to be afflicted with than youth! Im 33 and i look the same now as i did at 17. Its freakin awsome!!!! Its just not on the outside either, i FEEL young and strong, who wants to grow old and wrinkly?! There are a few minor inconviences buts thats all, oh! and when people talk down to you and try to demean you its cause they ENVY YOU!!!!!! So stop sobbing about who and WHAT you are and get out there and have fun. Any of you are welcome to friend me on my facebook page, my name is the same as it is here! You're a freak and you have superior genetics than everyone else! You should enjoy them!!!!
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I totally agree with this guy (joshburns). It's a precious gift to be young looking. Cherish it, you are charming. You would insult God if you call the blessing that has been bestowed upon you, a 'curse' ?! The other guys...don't even count what they say. They are jealous towards you. They envy you because you are capable of attracting beautiful young sexy woman(in case of a guy) or a handsome hunk(in case of a girl). Your natural delicacy and tenderness gives you a charismatic appearance. Learn to despise those who are judgemental towards you and harshly criticize you (ridiculing you, laughing about you, or making caricatures). Be proud of your unique superiority that defies degeneration and erosion. People might try to make fun of you to humiliate you, degrade you deliberately and purposefully due to their meanness and narrowness caused by inferiority complex. A baby-faced guy is capable of stealing the heart of those precious youthful women in heat, whom they fall for. They cannot tolerate. Spit on their ugly face and enjoy your life as much as you can with this gift.<BR>By the way, I am a guy from India (unfortunately) of Caucasian descent. Vast majority of people in India (almost all people in rural India) look like Sub-Saharan Africans !! Gorillas !! They have broad moustache and even beard in some cases, at a very young age ! And, to a Caucasoid eye, they would look like "daddy", because of their facial structure and facial hair
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Exactly, and it only gets better with age. However, it IS a curse when you're young, for the various reasons we've all stated here, i.e, not being taken seriously as an adult, being rejected by the opposite sex, etc. These are serious difficulties that can lead one to have feelings of inferiority, etc. It's nothing to be taken lightly. However, as I have experienced (and continue to, as I near my 61st birthday), it has its rewards later on.
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@: 40or26
Found your post by accident, it resonated with me .
I'm turning 36 this year and married with 2 kids. I've always looked young for my age, and coupled to that I'm only 5 ft 5 inches tall, with a normal bmi at 24.
I've been a qualified doctor for 12 years now and I still look extremely young. To the point I have been asked for Id to buy alcohol 3 times this year alone.
My manner is mature, i am overqualified in terms of medical experience/training for my hospital grade.. it's a strange existence seeing people sometimes over 10 years my junior look older than I do. Often the medical students I'm lecturing look older than me.
My wife complains that I make her look and so feel old. that upsets me.
I guess it's all part of life , but it's not the normal run of things. I definitely find it a disadvantage from a work point of view, especially exams and interviews. Thank goodness I have passed all the exams ill need now.
I missed out on a major training opportunity 2 years ago despite being 5 years senior to the other candidates. During feedback I was told, "you look very young".. "How old are you anyway". So yes it does matter, I have dealt with it , now by trying to publish more than anyone else I know! There is none of the prejudice with written communication.
I actually now feel its a form of prejudice, call it genetic prejudice, and could be viewed in same category as racial prejudice. Short skeletal height, soft unwrinkled facial features lack of visible facial hair .. i need to shave daily but the stubble is not very visible due to a fair complexion.
It crosses my mind that I may be ageing at a decreased rate, but that's hard to really know,or it might be just a cluster of genetic attributes that people associate with youth. I suspect the latter.
Anyway your not alone, I understand and I'm glad you posted.
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@: 40or26
Exactly my experience. No one took me seriously at all when I was younger. I remember trying to talk about politics and history with my co-workers when I was 20 and being told, "Aw, you weren't even born yet!" When I was talking about events that I have personally lived through. I can imagine the difficulties in being taken for an experienced physician. You always have to prove yourself, continually.
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Yep, you found us, the same way I did! We're not freaks, after all.
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It's because you are all aliens. Everyone knows that aliens don't age normally.
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@: bigtoy
Neither do vampires. >:D
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gizzie56
There are lots of people out there that look much younger than their actual age. It is just a natural thing that occurs with some people I have known several people that were in their thirties that looked like they were in their earlier twenties. There is nothing wrong with you just enjoy it while you can because it wont last eventually your age will catch up with you.

I was carded when I would go to buy beer all the way up to the age of 30 so it is more normal than you might think.
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The whole point is that this isn't at all normal. The norm is that most people look their age.
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I kinda know how you feel, I'm 18 and look ridiculously young, I can't get into 15's without ID, let alone get served (and I know 13 yr olds who can get served ffs)
you probably will appreciate it more when you get into late 40s/50s though, that's when some people seem to start getting really self conscious about their age, and you can put that off somewhat.
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i can empathize with you. because women of your age will not be attracted to you(as they will look so young compared to you! and women tend to prefer men older than them) whereas those younger women that you attract will freak out when they know your real age!
But thinking in a positive side, you will look young when you are old, it is a good thing!
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i mean look old* compared to you!
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Women always tend to date men older than them because they always think about finding a man who can protect them and the social stigma of being too young to be matured (for a guy) , psychologically prohibit the women from dating young cuties
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True, unless you can pass for the same age as the young cuties. ;)
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True. When I was in my twenties, I was pretty much confined to dating high school girls and this continued until I was around 30 or so. When I met the first woman I ever proposed to,she thought she was picking up a teenage boy, at first.
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I have often wondered how many people are out there who don't age. And why science just don't pick them up and do some research since so much resources are spent on anti-aging cream, etc. Majority of people want to look young as they grow older but there are a whole bunch of us who just can't even seem to get pass the next birthday without going into reverse mode! I'm 42 this year but I look 25. My brother is 44 and he looks 18! And it is just not the face but the entire body remains in a frozen stage. I don't exercise and eat like a normal person. The funny thing was when I was 15, I looked much older. Things started to reverse after I turned 30. I am just curious where all this will head to. And like Inter(20716), I haven't been sick since giving birth to my second child. I used to get really bad headaches. But after year 2001, I don't even know how a headache feels like. But my eyes are very sensitive, to wind and light. Isn't there someone who's interested to know why we don't age?
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I'm so glad I found this. I too have this "problem". I'm in my mid-30s, but anywhere from 17-22. That's what people say. I'm not perfect, like I have some age symptoms like balding, but basically I look young. Women my age call me "dear", their daughters think I'm "hot". I attract way young girls, I can't really relate to "old" people my age. I saw this guy from my high school the other day, recognized me right away, twas weird older guy, hehe. I mostly relate to people in their early 20s. People just think I was in my late teens were it not for my hair. This sounds really hot, but the reality is it's kinda freakish and weird sometimes. Girls like me that are way way young, but women my age tend to mother me, of course they like me to, ha. Ok, well this sounds like bragging but it isn't. Glad to know there are others like me.
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Balding is NOT a symptom of aging. It's genetic defect, known as male pattern baldness. My hairline began to recede at 18. The good news is, it stopped by my thirties and I never really lost that much, as I have always had a "widow's peak" hairline, to begin with. I probably got the gene from my mother's father, who was bald by 30 (but looked 60 at 80).
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There's nothing wrong with going for 18 year old girls if you're in your 30s though. I mean, if you look roughly the same age as them, and they're mature enough to handle somebody your age, I don't see why not. Age is just a number. So go for it. ;D
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im 33, ive always been guessed younger unless i had facial hair then older lol, i feel young as well, my girlfriend is 2 yrs younger and im way way more active than her. im confussed by it, blessed i guess but dont understand why? ive had younger ppl attracted 2 me and freak out when they find out my age and ask 2 see my license. weird 4 sure lol!! ive taken vitamins steadily since i was 17 and didnt drink alcohol much my entire life, like once a week. i get told i match my girlfriends 15yr old daughter's boyfriend in pics and im like nooooo!!!!!!
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oh and i was born april 12 1978 in centreville hospital just outside of st. louis!
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Where my mother was from. :)
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I like your post alot. I wonder to why science does not study ppl like us. Im 63 and have the lifestyle of a 30 or 40 yr. old. I have always looked very young for my age. It has now at this time caused all types of different problems but I still do enjoy the benefits. I party alot and have the hrs of young people. My sex life has never vained at all which is awkward but I do laugh about it. I have no friends over 50 and most of them are in their teens, twenties and thirties. My body is amazing. I mountain byke and swim. I would not know what it is to be sick. But as so many posts say in here my eyes are very sensitive to light and wind. I will admit though that I do take care of myself to a certain extent. My energy levels seem very high for a 64 yr. old but I enjoy it. I have no brothers or sisters but my parents also looked very young for their age as well.
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Aha! I thought I was the "old man" here. :) Do you find yourself still attracted to teenage girls? (A compulsion I've had to suppress for many years, now)
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@: GaryR60
It's perfectly normal to be attracted to teenage girls. By the time females are 15-17, their bodies have already changed and matured. They are technically women in many cultures. We males instinctually respond to what we see. But most of us are in denial, because the society we live in has invented an arbitrary number of 18, and to look at girls below at age is deemed to be immoral. Most people are also too fixated on the age gap thing, that they look down on couples with a difference greater than 10, 20, or whatever. Those are just silly standards people make up.

When I was 19-20, my peers stopped looking at girls below 18. At the time, I thought I was the only one with 'misguided' thoughts. I'm in my late 20s now, and it still hasn't gone away. But I've long realised by now that it's quite normal. Although I never act on it of course, because having matching maturity levels is very important to me.
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Frankly, I'm not very comfortable with the idea of being 'studied'. We're human, not lab rats, lol.
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Shhh! Don't give the scientists any ideas!
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Yeah, I look younger than my age too (23). I've found that dressing older, growing a beard, and acting older help people figure out my age easier. You might want to try the same.
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I ve stopped aging around the age of 40. People would remark that i look liek a girl of 18. I ve since settled for a more "mature" appearance of somoen in late 20ties.
I feel myself out-of-timeline. I see other peopel having plans and expectations and I see my own life as a sort of flat-line..just remaining the same forever!
I am now 53 and still dating guys in their 20ties struggling with having to justify and explain how is it possible to look this way. I would add that I am a spiritual person , believing that Now moment is all there is.
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I'm also very spiritual and living in the now. :) I'm not fixated on the time thing at all. Age is just a number to me, as I don't believe the chronological passing of time necessarily has to be associated with your physical appearance. I notice people dreading their birthdays or freaking out about getting older. And these are the people who age the fastest. I'm all about enjoying life and doing whatever I want, because I have plenty of time on my hands. I'm completely limitless with how I think.
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Im turnin 37 in Nov. I look like I am between as young as 17 and 26...most people think I am in the early early 20's or late teens. I feel young yet I feel old. I would like to mature a little bit more but gracefully. I am confusing young men all the time....I am confused myself....I love the way my skin and body looks, but it is kinda strange looking and feeling this way. Sometimes I wish I could jus be the age of 21 so I wouldnt have to explain my condition. Overall I would rather anti-age than age I guess...I dont see myself ever getting old...I got my first gray hair a couple months ago. I dont feel my age and thats kinda weird. But lets not complain.
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I am a 25 Male... i was ID'd when i tried to buy the game Counterstrike (17+) by a kid who was 18... i was not amused.
i can't grow facial hair yet... i just recently stopped growing (i'm 5'10) and i've had a 14 yearold girl invite me to a grade 9 party once randomly because she thought i was hot. i had to show her my ID to get her to fuck off and leave me alone.
when i was 12 i actually looked like a normal 12 yearold.
when i turned 15 i still looked 12
when i turned 18 i looked 14
when i turned 20 i looked 15
and now when i'm 25 i look 16-17.
now i think its a blessing, i'm forever young. i tapped into the fountain of youth and all.
what ticks me off is that i don't know why. i see all the people i love growing older and more mature looking... when i'm still the same little kid i was.
it ticks me off whenever i walk up to someone in the office, ask a serious question, and they treat me like a little kid. and don't get me started on chics. i asked out a 22 yearold chic and this is what she told me "i don't date younger boys, sorry"... i'm 3 fucking years older than her lol...
over the years i've started noticing that my aging lag is growing.
i went to multiple doctors and did a shitload of tests and exams to figure this shit out only to have the doctors puzzled because everything indicates that date on my birth certificate shouldn't be my actual date of birth.
i came to a conclusion that i'm just gonna be 17-20 forever.
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I was looking for something like this when I typed "I've stopped aging" in my search bar. I have always looked young to everyone around me. I was so glad when my hair started turning gray that I was almost in tears. The funny thing is, I was talking to a girl the other day on Facebook that I haven't seen in 20 years and she said she knew who I was instantly because I look exactly the same as I did then. That was in 8th grade. I am fixing to turn 35 and I can pass for a high school student. In eight grade I looked older than everyone else. I looked like I could be sixteen or seventeen then and I was only fourteen. Now...I still look like I could be sixteen or seventeen. I smoke, I drink, I don't eat right or exercise, and still I'm not aging. Weird, huh?
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At 50, I was finally able to grow a beard, but a few years later, I started getting grey in it - still the only grey hair I have now, at nearly 61. When I shave, as I now do, people think I am 45. If I let my beard grow, they think I'm about 50.
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I have a very similar experience to you. I looked older than everybody else in my early teens. At 12, I looked 14. At 14, I looked 16. Every teacher at school said I looked mature and could pass as somebody a couple of year levels above myself.

But around 17-18, my aging started to slow down and it completely stopped at 20. Been stuck ever since. At the 10 year highschool reunion, everybody else have matured into fully grown adults. I still look pretty much the same age-wise.
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It's normal. Ever since I was around 22, I've looked around 10 to 20 years younger than I am, depending on who looks at me. I also dont think about my age at all since I dont feel my age and dont have the lifestyle of people my age. I also dont tell anyone my age for that reason.

Both my parents look a lot younger than they are and have never had any wrinkles. My dad died in his 60s and his hair never had any grey in it. Most of my family on both sides look at least 10 years younger than they are, and many of them marry younger people. So I think for me looking younger is a mixture of genetics, a healthy lifestyle and my attitude (I feel much younger and never even remember my age; when I hear the number I never feel it applies to me). I am now in my late 40s and look anything from my late 20s to my 30s, depending on the observer.

Younger guys always date me and older guys think I'm much younger than them. However, most of them also seem and look a lot older than me so I don't become interested in them; their lifestyles are also very different from mine. Most of my friends are also younger. It can also be hard since Ive often felt disrespected because of it.

I like it and I think it gives me the chance to be younger for longer. I remember thinking when I was younger that there was something wrong with being that way and I even felt ashamed to tell people my actual age, but now I think it is great.

There is nothing wrong with it. It is usually about your genetics, level of health, attitudes and lifestyle.
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@: Lara1
Well, it's normal for some people, and I have observed that our numbers seem to be growing, but, for the vast majority of humanity, it's hardly the norm, which is why we're all here writing about it.
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I'm a 50 year old male. I decided to research this as I've been mistaken for younger all my life. It is not uncommon for someone to think they look younger than they are. But it is uncommon to hear it most everyday. For the record I'll say that I'm approx 6'0", few wrinkles and have all my hair with no noticeable grey. I've never used any cosmetics/moisturizers. I even smoke! I'm fit and have been a fast healer all my life. I have dark eyes, hair and skin. My skin rarely dries out. Only 5 or 6 hours of sleep no matter what has happened the day/night before. My wife (we have 2 kids)is 16 years younger than me. I was 36 when we met. She assumed I was around 25. Sometimes I have to get aggressive professionally when people mistake me for a younger person. It can be a pain in the wallet. No ego here. My 55 year old brother is the same way. My 52 year old brother is not? But it most certainly is GENETICS. My mother (Italian) was the same way until she gained weight in her late 60's after a foot injury. Let's not let it go to our' heads. We're not better than anybody but we did get lucky with GENETICS. Pass them on!
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Some common points with you: skin that never dries out, I can never sleep more than 5 to 6 hours, even if I want to, and my siblings are the same way. Differences: I inherited the gene for male pattern baldness, but it has remained arrested since my thirties, I was a heavy smoker from age 16 to 20, then quit, and I have no kids and it doesn't look likely that I will, unless I can snag a 24 years old. ;)
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Oh, come ON people! Stop complaining about how old you are and how young you look or feel. I'm 32, I LOOK 32 but I sometimes feel 62. Try living with THAT and give me a f-ing break.
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@: pims700
AMEN BROTHER!!! Im NOT complaining about my youthful appearence! I get barely-leagal chicks and hot milfs and cougars! Its an endless supply of tail and choices abound!
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@: pims700
The old expression, walk a mile in my shoes seems appropriate right now.
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@: pims700
Exactly. The grass always seems to be greener on the other side. That's why it's important for us to appreciate what we got.
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What are you guys talking about? Besides the minor annoyances of people thinking we are younger, the benefits waaaaaay outweigh all of that. I am almost 36...people think I'm in my early 20s. I'm recently divorced. I have no problem getting any guys of any age to want to go out with me. The younger ones like me because I look young. The older ones like me because I'm as old as them but I look younger. I have 2 kids. The only annoyance I've had is people trying to say I had kids too young, but I started at 29. Yes people thought I was 16 and pregnant back then. Oh well. I'm a stay at home mom though, so I don't have a job and have anyone questioning my age because of that. But actually I KNOW why i seem to age slower, it's because I actually do. I recently found out with a genetic test that I have two copies of a gene called APOE 4. This is a little bit bad, because it puts me at very high risk for alzheimer's disease...but it's also good because people with this genotype have longer telomeres and age more slowly than others. If you beat this and don't get alzheimer's, these genes are an advantage and are the longevity genes that blow all the other longevity genes out of the water. (At least that is what I read on some website.) I got my genetic test at 23andme.com but there are other places that test for it.
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The problem comes for those of us who are in our teens/very early twenties. It's the time of your life where you want and need to look as old as you can, not just for social reasons. I have become socially awkward because of it and avoid telling people my age at all costs and just go with whatever they think I am.

Imagine how difficult getting a Job is? Making friends? GF? I can't go out with friends my age and never have, simply because I look ridiculously young. Old friends even patronise me. So it is a problem.

Could be worse I suppose, I'm not gonna go and get depressed about it.
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@: slate93
Exactly. Those who do not share our "problem" can never understand what it is like to live with. the very fact that we all wound up commenting on this and sharing our stories, which have so many parallels, is evidence enough to prove it.
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Yes, in the long run, the benefits do, by far, outweigh the negatives....once you are older. Until then, though, it is not a benefit at all and is, in fact, a hindrance to a normal life.
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Im 19 and I could easily pass for 13.

Im at college (in the uk), so I am with 16-17/18 year olds, who all look way older than me. I've made friends but I cant escape the feeling they are aware of the weirdness of my age. One of my friends has commented on it before and I cringed so badly and went quiet.

I live with it, but I have become so socially awkward it may aswell be anxiety. I cannot wait for the day I begin to age properly; but I dread it will never come. Still I can only hope that if I am stuck with this it doesn't stay as bad as it is. I wouldn't particularly mind being 30 and looking 20.Its just at the worse possible time of any ones life to be my age and look 5-6 years younger...
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@: slate93
I can identify. When I was 19 and in the Air Force, it was the same way for me. When I turned 21, I was telling a friend that it was my birthday and he asked how old I was. I told him and the couple who were visiting with him looked at me as if I had two heads. This happened all the time. At 36, I was talking to a woman in her fifties and we were looking at an old photograph of a group of people, taken in early 1952. She looked at me and said, "And you weren't even born yet!" I looked at her and said, "No....not yet...." And she got this funny look on her face like she couldn't figure out what I meant. I was born in October 1952.
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We should all sign up for secret services... imagine how valuable we'd be?
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Hey everyone!
Can all slow agers please fill in this survey: http://freeonlinesurveys.com/s.asp?sid=v93gr9evv7vpt40160869
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@: MayaR
Thanks, Maya! :)
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I've got the same problem - I have men in their 40s warning me that they are older than me and I'm 50 this year. Men love having a younger girl but not a woman older looking much younger. My ex was always upset and was always asking me to slow down. Now I'm fed up warning potentially interested men that I'm older so I had to sign on a cougar site to get rid of the age problem!!! but the worse is when you travel, your passport gets checked all the times - sometimes I need to wait a few minutes for the officer to do all the checks - yes that's right ultraviolet light it's a genuine passport now close your mouth wide open in stupor and release the passport gently back to me! that's it! thank you!! my mother warned me that's a family curse, my grandmother had to get a 20 year younger man to cope with, my mother had to go to a matrimonial agency to find someone who would not freak out, and I'm having lots of success on a cougar site :D now I need to get my head around some of the very young men though!! :0 we should make our own dating club onsite - you look much younger? then date us on the wwww.youngerlookingpeople.com :D that would be nice :)
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At 60, I would love to find a woman my age who looks like she's in her forties. Unfortunately, most of the women my age look seventy-five.
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@: GaryR60
LOL, by the time I'm in my 50s, I can still imagine being into women who are in their 20s or 30s.
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People thought i was twelve my senior year of highschool :( its good and bad cuz not many girls take me seriously because of how old i look. But on the bright side in twenty years when they r saggin i will be lookin haaawt
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We all age and die ... this is silly.
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Yes, it is silly to those who haven't lived it and don't have a clue as to what we're talking about.
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Everybody ages at their own rate. You'd realise that if you observe people around you. That's the point of this topic thread.
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what 38 year olds have you been hanging out with? most of them r normal looking
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Ollieo
Brag troll. Pathetic.
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@: Ollieo
Definitely. Do I detect a note of jealousy in his retort?
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im 17 and people think im 14, but i guess it'll fix itself eventually ... and i too think this is more a curse than a blessing.
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@: xcmm92
Hmmm....three years difference? We'll see. When I was your age, the gap between my real age and my appearance was about the same. I am now 60 and look 45.
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@: xcmm92
I'll bet that your age lag will continue to widen. We've all looked our ages to begin with. But during some point in our childhoods or teens, our young genes kicked in. That's when the age lag starts to become noticeable.

I still looked my age at 18-19. But by the time I reached my late 20s, the age lag already widened to 7-8 years. I can imagine in the decades to come, it will go beyond 20+.
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I don't know why you are complaining. You should take pride that you are not aging as fast as your friends. I think I have something similar to what you have. I am 23 and I look like I am 16 or 17. I always get carded when I go see an R rated movie or even buy a Mature video game. It comes with the terrority. My fiancee said that if I was to go to highschool then I could blend right in. It's frustrating at times, but you know what dude, when you are 70 then you are going to wish that you look like a 50 year old, so might as well bask in it now.
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sheva
thats just lame because you are 23 and look like 17... but being 38 and looking like 25 is really cool, you are lucky you stupid bastard! be happy
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@: sheva
Sheva, he's not stupid, just inexperienced. Those of us who are older had to go through the same thing, as I'm sure you recall.
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Let's get something straight, here. we are not "complaining," we are sharing our experiences of a very real problem that we've all had to deal with. The fact that you have not had to deal with it suggests that you know little to nothing about it and couldn't understand what we've gone through (or are going through now) if you tried.
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I wonder if you are like me...

Give it more time, as I have to, to be sure. I'm currently 25, I haven't physically aged in 5 years now. I have many more.. "abnormalities" beyond just that though. I've signed up here considering seeing if anyone has some answers.
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I also have the same aging problem as you. I am 26, 27 in two months. I still look like I'm 17 or so. I often get the bewildered looks when I tell people my age, as they tend not to believe me. I think there must be something more to this. I have many abnormalities with myself in addition to the aging. I have what is called central heterochromia in both of my eyes. It is a condition which only happens to about 1% of the entire world population. It's when your eyes are two-toned. Mine are green with a brown starburst pattern inside the green. I can post pictures if you need, but wiki my condition you'll get the idea. Not sure if this has anything to do with the aging problem, just an observation. I am alos somewhat of a loner and do not have lasting realtionships with friends or otherwise. I had a rare blood disease when I was young that nearly killed me. It is called HSP (henoch scanlin purpura) (may be spelled wrong) but I lived through it. This was said to be a 1 in a million thing that people get, and of those 1 in a million survive. I'm what you may call "unique". Basically, every situation in my life where I should have died, I've lived. Does anyone else have any similar stories?
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Interesting. I haven't had your particular conditions, but I was born a dyscalculic, which means I have a congenital defect in the left parietal lobe of my brain that prevents me from being able to do math in my head, or to understand higher mathematics. I'm one of about 4 to 6% of the world's population who have it. Mine is a mild case, as I am able to do rudimentary arithmetic in my head, but very slowly. With aids, such as a calculator, architect's scale and the measurement tools in Autocad, I was able to maintain a 30 year career as an architectural draftsman.
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Hey Im just going to brieflly tell my side..im currentlly 30 going on 18..im as healthy as a horse and I feel and look 17..I constantlly get mistaken for 17 year old. Not only do I look young I feel young. I can run a marathon ..run up mountains ..I have unlimited energy ..Im strong as hell and I dont even realise im getting old. LIke if it wasnt for my friends reminding me of my birthday I wouldnt even know im aging. I hang out with 18 to 20 year olds because poeple my age act old too old and I feel like Im hanging with adults and grown ups ..I always refer to them as old people. My friends know my age but they swear im lying and im just caring a fake id. Most places think I have a fake all the time. I have a extremlly high metabolism.. hi energy and I dont ever get tired of anything Im a work horse .. the best part about it is im reliving my teens with new knowledge every year .. I do eat healthy most of the time but fast food doesnt hurt nor cause any issues ..my skin is extremmlly fast healing you could cut or scrape my skin and in 1 day or 2 its heal completelly ..i have only a few scars from a few car wrecks and skating accidents but other then that I heal at a high rate..I shattured my knee joint in track , my doctor said i was permenetlly going to walk with a limp.. guess what i walk straight as a arrow no limp and a full recovery docters couldnt explain it.All my friends I went to school with have aged normally and It feels weird to be around them because they feel im like my own son comming to hang out with their teens lol so i honestlly feel i have turned off the aging process some kinda natural behavier my body is supposed to do is not and its great
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I remember my high school friend (he's a doctor now) telling me we go downhill after 25 and saying to expect that happening to me soon. That's all nonsense. Maybe it applies to most people, but not us. In my late 20s now and still have the body of a 20 year old. I'm also always full of energy and I have super fast healing too.
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Maybe youre Benjamin Buttons kid or something. At any rate, just figure that when your 60 youll look 40 and can get non-wrinkly ass.
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True. The 17 year old waitress at a restaurant I go to has a crush on me. I'll be 61 in October.
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I am 18 and i find your situation very bold and alluring. I would date you. If you have a problem with how you see YOU, being 38 and looking 25 is a very well comment and i think look on the bright side and trust me any woman who is really beautiful won't care about age because AGE DOSEN"T MATTER! Your a pretty man and lookin good :) hehe
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I felt like I was reading my own story. This is something I started researching a few year ago when I noticed that the people around me were getting older and yet I stayed looking the same age. I think I stoped growing older at around 25.

I've been searching the internet and I
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Oh, you're aging, alright, as we all are - just at a slower rate than the rest of the population. It will be interesting to see whether, like me, the gap between your real age and your apparent age widens as you get older. mine has. At first, the gap was about five or six years. then, it expanded to ten and now it is about twelve to fifteen years' difference, at age 60.
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I felt like I was reading my own story. This is something I started researching a few year ago when I noticed that the people around me were getting older and yet I stayed looking the same age. I think I stoped growing older at around 25.

I've been searching the internet for years and I found NOTHING....NOTHING! I think that's weird in itself.

Feel free to contact me. I'm intereested what year you were born and where you were born.

I have a CRAZY theory. I don't share it with many people but since you're the only person I've found on the net with the same issue....I'd love to explain it to you. Warning...it involves vacines and government experiments in the early 1970's wih babies.

I'm not nuts, possibly just an overactive imagination but yet something tells me you and I may have a lot in common! brady969@live.com
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I was born in the midwest in 1970. This is weird because I have heard of this theory before. I was subjected to many experimental vaccines and antibiotics as a child.
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I thought I might be only one. im 39 yrs old I still get carded for cigs. I don't dare try and go to a bar or restaurant for a glass of wine without id. the oldest I have been guessed is 26. that I think is because people are expecting me to be older than initially though. the only signs of aging I have is grey hair, you can only see on close inspection. I have been smoking for 19 yrs gone through fazes of drinking heavily and some drug use. people think my little sister is my older sister. I have zero wrinkles, besides a little bit of a smokers cough am in good health. I do sympathize with dating thing. it makes it very difficult. if I was less honest I would probably take advantage of younger women. but that's not how I am so it makes life more difficult on that level. curious about your theories. I know that this post is very old. no pun intended. yet hope you still respond.
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Count me in :)Same with me.I'm from the same "breed".Turning 36 soon ( december),but i look like i'm 10 years younger:) And i'm happy about that.:))
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this is normal im 18 and my mom is 40 and ppl ask if we are twins... and i dont look old i look 18 so yeaaa :)
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they are just hitting on your mom
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Basically my friend, do this. If you meet a girl simply tell her you are 28. You date a while, things escalate, the relationship becomes monogamous and serious. Then when you really think you love each other... you let her know. Most likely, if you built a true love then it shouldn't matter. But if it does and she gives you the "you lied to me this whole time" bs.. simply ask her if you didn't would you have even spent all that time together falling in love. I guarantee that will be the easiest bet to finding a woman who one, you will know will truely love you if she stays with you. And two, at least having your fun and being young even if it means she leaves.
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Personally, I don't see any need to lie. But if it works for you, go for what you feel is best for you.

The feedback I get from girls are always positive. They tend to be impressed by the fact that I look years younger than my true age.

Believe me, there are many girls out there who couldn't care less about the age thing. They are open-minded enough to be totally comfortable with dating much older guys.
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i was doing some research on the internet about people who don't age. i found your post and it got my attention. i am currently engaged to an older man but you can't even tell he's 34 and i'm 19! yeah i know you all are probably saying gross! but you know what i love him and the thing is that he has the same problem he looks like he's 23. all the girls my same age are attracted to him and they also freak out when they found out his real age. So enjoy while it lasts, because there are younger gross that won't care your real age and will date you or even marry you.
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some people look young , its normal. have u seen Criss Angel? he's 42 and looks like 25
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There's absolutely nothing wrong with looking much younger than you are, in fact, I think, that's really good, even if you are questioned at the cinema's entrance or other people are rude to you thinking you are much younger, you have a voice and life experience so you can put people in their places making them feel ashamed for misjudging and misbehaving.
I look much younger than I am but I am really proud of it and not concerned that either older or younger men wouldn't want to have a relation with me as that's not want's important. People like them are just waste of space and they consitute a natural selection :)
So, younger looking people be happy and enjoy your luck don't be frightened!
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my mother is 44 others have other times believed that she was 18-25
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Welcome to the club! I am turning 50 next year and people always tell me I look like I'm in my early 30's. Few grey hairs not visible unless you look closely, few wrinkles and I'm fit. But I also have medium brown skin. I look so young that my blonde/pale wife felt she was "forced" to have cosmetic surgery (brow lift, eye lift) even though she is a few years younger than me! I always get a kick asking a woman in their 20's to guess my age? Nobody comes close.
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I'm 35 and I look like if i was 24 - 25... and I enjoy it, because I'm not married and I still dont have children. I can date girls and my old friends don't... all of my old friends are married or have children, and they look their age, so it's kind of weird, sometimes some of them get jelous about it but I dont want to stay away from my old friends.
My advice about this situation: when you are dating a young girl dont tell her your real age, cause she'll freak out and won't talk to you again... just lie, and if both of you get in love then tell her the true.
The point is, we are not alone, with the new anti-ageing technollogies more and more people will start to live what we are living, look at Madonna and Tom Cruise looking 30 when they are in their 50s... ageing slowly will be normal and ageing quickly will be weird.
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I actually use my youthful looks to my advantage. I've never had a girl freak out by my age before. They are always impressed when they find out how old I really am.

But go with what you feel works best for you. :)
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I have the Same issue. I am 20 and when i dress in normal clothes i look 12!! I have to dress in very sexy/revealing clothing which sucks. People think im in middle school. I smoke and drink and still no aging! It scares me because alot of men don't believe me or demand to see my ID and then there are those that want to role play daddy/daughter with me and I just go with it. It is a curse
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I go through the same thing, too. I was recently at the airport at my final rest, and was asked if I am home from school. I'M 41!! I think it is genetic, something to do with Telomeres... Just like people have different color skin, some are short while others are tall ... Some age fast, others age slow. It's genetic. The age thing has proved awkward for me, too, when seeking dates. I don't want to date a woman in her 40s because I still want to start my own family and don't want to adopt, but younger women in their 20s don't go for guys in their 40s ... essentially their father's age! Guess I have to look for that particularly good-hearted young lady who will like me for me and won't care how old I am.
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Believe me, I've personally met many girls in their 20s who have dated men in their 40s. They are out there. I hope it works out for you!
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Enjoy it while's it is there ..one day will creep up and you WILL look your age ..I think the important thing is to feel young on the inside and that can be till the grave ..
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That's just it, we won't ever look our age. I am going to be 61 this October and, if anything, the gap between my apparent age and my chronological age has widened over the years. I now look 45, whereas, when this began, in my teens, the gap was about 3 to 5 years.
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@: GaryR60
Agreed. Most people will look their ages, but not us.

I looked my age at 18-19. But 10 years later, the gap has already widened to 7-8 years. I'm eager to see how much wider the age gap will become over the next few decades.
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I am right there with you. I'm going to be 38 too. Some 20 year old carded me beer and she acted like she busted me. Guys at my gym talk about thing won't be so easy when i'm there age and i'm older.
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I have that feeling too of flat lining in age. If any of you still come on here, how have things been working out?
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I posted here about my uncle but for some reason they didn't put it through but he's 53, looks 3os. He's so out of place with people his age tho, like a 25yr old compared to them.
Girls of all ages love him , I always wonder if they know his age, I know some do and they're like whatever. He doesn't pretend to be anything he just is what he is but I see it does give him some grief.
Like he reckons 60s not far of but it's all wrong and so he doesn't know what to do with it, his in the wrong body and mind , he is too !
He's very agile , moves about like someone 1/2 his age,
all his music , talk , dress, tastes , the lot, all sort of fit him but not his age number itself. Most his friends are much much younger , they just like him and he does fit them far more.
It's really strange tho , I often think what the, when I'm around him, like it's the number that's not him as such. He has heaps of clashes and issues with people because although he's a very smart guy but because of his looks and way about him , if it's something serious or dealing say an older typical type I dunno , you know people in councils, law, issues with his houses I dunno anything on lifes more serious side , they tend to be a bit stand over'ish with him although his tall and no pussy , he does come across much much younger.
I spose the 60 things a way of yet but mg , couldn't imagine it with him , I said you'll have to go away , make a new life and just take of 20 yrs and then all will be normal and to hell with the number. He reckons he's actually thought about that because he doesn't have in himself any issues but that number stuffs him up almost all the time and just makes everything too weird for what he actually is , sick of it he reckons.
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Yeah you see sometimes , someone looks incredible , even some of the celebs but then ya see em a few yrs later and it is showing - finally , or in other light often does it too .
I dunno , you'd think it'd be a great thing , dream come true but then if your like a fish outa water , gotta be weird too.
Wonder if he did go and make a new life , took of 20 yrs , maybe subconsciously the body and soul eventually believes it too and he automatically lives 20yras longer , I reckon that's possible , the minds a powerful thing any literature will tell you.
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But too , what about all the friends yrs younger and fitting into things and places that are years younger , how's all that work ? Wouldn't it get well - strange ?
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well,,,,have same problem and i am a male..

I have these solutions:

1) Never laugh with your cheeks swollen and mouth wide open ..:) just smile occasionally...Don't look slouchy....its very important..

2) Try to keep beard and moustache, if possible

3) Wear a photochromatic spectacle with thick frames..

4) Wear professional cloths, not like fashioniesta..
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There's a rare condition where people can't age. There's a girl from Maryland who's should be in her late teens, but she still looks like a baby! I don't think you have this, but like you said it could be a hormonal imbalance. Some people look older than they really are and vice-versa. When I was in my early teens, people often thought I was in my mid-late teens and occasionally early twenties. I think that assumption was based on me being precocious. I'm now in my late teens and people occasionally guess higher Then my actual age, but it's a bit rare. If this bothers you then you could see a doctor about a hormonal possibility.
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I'm glad to see that I'm not alone. I'm a 30 year old female and people think that I'm lying when I tell them my real age. Some think I'm still a teenager. When I play the lottery, I often have to show my I.D. or give my date of birth. People a little older than me talk to me like I'm a child. I always hear "honey" "sugar" "sweetie. One thing that I am tired of hearing when I mention that I want children/marriage someday, "Oh you have plenty of time, you are still young!" That is SOOOO annoying!!!! My boyfriend is 34 and goes through the same thing. It seems like the world doesn't take me serious at all.
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Got you beat I'm 40 now and I haven't looked any older since I was 17.Nobody believes me when I tell people my age they think I'm lying or joking around.Glad I'm not the only one maybe we should form a club.
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It's not a competition, Peter. We're all affected by the same thing and just happen to be at different stages of our lives, that's all.
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Hi! I'm not sure when this article was posted, but I would greatly like to get in touch with who wrote this! I have remarkable news!
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Do tell, if and when you ever come back. I see it's been a while.
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I think that comment about being from poor areas might have something to do with it in fact. I dont mean about poor areas, Im only a student so I dont have much money either and I still look a lot younger. But Ive been spending a lot of time in developing countries (even though Im from a developed country) and it seemed that the poorer classes in those countries often aged faster. I thought it had something to do with both attitude and lifestyle. In those cultures many people thought they were "very old" as soon as they hit their late 20s or 30ish, and then seemed to give up on everything, not have fun any more, etc. Also, people didnt seem to know as much about nutrition and most of them didnt exercise so much, especially the women. And women often had lots of kids. So I think it has a lot to do with one's thinking and how healthy one lives.

On the other hand though, lots of my relatives didnt go out of their way to be healthy or have good attitudes either and they still look really young! So that would be the genetic factor.

About the age "kicking in", I dont know really since Ive met people in the 70s and 80s where it never kicked in, not yet anyway. But those people tended to have really good attitudes and healthy lifestyles. Also, I have cousins, men and women both, in their 60s who look 40. It seems to me it only kicks in if the person has had some unhealty living for some time and when they hit a certain age that suddenly starts to show.
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@: Lara1
I do think it's a mixture of genetics and lifestyle. Yes, you can be blessed with youthful genes, but you could further prolong your youth by living a good life. I'm sure we can all agree that stress ages you faster. People from poorer countries most likely had to work worker to make ends meet. And they don't have the privilege of having the nutritional standards we do.

My parents both look young for their ages. But my brother and I are aging even slower than they were at our ages. I'm thinking it has a lot to do being better off and eating healthier than they did.

There are many factors that contribute to this, but I believe you can yield maximum results when you have more than one criteria down.
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This is bs. If there were people who aged as slowly as you claim you do, you'd get 40 year old athletes who could still compete at the level of a 25 yo who don't have to retire. You'd get celebrity model/movie sensations who look half their age. You'd see 80 yos who aren't grey and wrinkly. But ya don't. Sure people age differently, some better than others, but the signs are still there, the ageing process is still going on in the background. No matter who you are you'll look like a living corpse if you got to 120. You can count on it. Biologically impossible to avoid ageing without scientific intervention...
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Ever heard of Floyd Mayweather? That undefeated boxer in his late 30s who still beats up 20 something year olds? What about Pharrell Williams? 40 year old singer who still looks like a 21 year old? People like that do exist, if you look around properly.

Anyway it's clear to me that you've missed the point of this thread. Nobody's saying they are gonna live forever. They are just saying how they look young for their ages.
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I know this was asked years ago, but lol, this is so silly. I mean, not to sound rude, but a lot more people than you think look a lot younger than their age. I just can't believe that something like this puzzled you so much that you actually had to go online to see if something was wrong with you. NOTHING is wrong with you. In fact, I'd feel flattered if I were 38 and people were telling me they thought I was 25. And 38 isn't even all that old anyway.
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Lizzy, apparently, you either haven't read or haven't understood what we're discussing here. We don't merely "think" we look younger, we DO look considerably younger than we are and this is confirmed by all the people around us, throughout our lives.
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@: GaryR60
Yeah, but isn't that a good thing? So what's the problem? Haha! You should be thankful to have great genes. :)
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Yes, it is, and I am...at this point in my life. But, like all the others here, I wouldn't wish what I went through when I was younger on anyone. It's great now, but it came with a price.
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I'm currently 26. 27 very soon. People assume I am 20-21. In fact, I've always looked a couple years older than my real age during my teens. I looked my age when I was 18-20. Since then, my aging practically stopped. I notice all my family/friends getting older, but they tell me I haven't changed a single bit all these years.

I see it more as a blessing. It seems so many people here are taking their youth for granted. But personally I enjoy it. There are so many people around me constantly complaining about 'getting old'. They'd love to have what we have. Plus, the slower you age, the longer you live right?

Another great thing about this is I have more options dating wise. I could go for chicks closer to my age, or ones a few years younger, whatever I feel like.
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Ever since I can remember I have always looked younger than my class mates. When I was 12 everyone thought I was only 6-7 years old. It only got worse when I went to high school as people were convinced that I was either some child genius that moved up a few years and due to me being a bit shorter that seem likely. After going to college I noticed that others still seemed older even those that went to college after me (the younger kids) looked even older than me, the worst part was when one of them said to me "hey little guy what are you doing here?" How embarrasing! At this point I looked 15 years old when I was in fact 18 years old. As I was working in a restaurant it was about the same then, think about it this way Saturday night after a rugby game so you can only imagine.

Eventually I went to uni and still my age kept shocking people as they thought I was younger and must be about 17 years old. And I'm still look the same.

My father said that its a family trait and we tend to age slower in our family. He is 49 and only looks to be late 30's early 40's. He also mentioned that when he was my age that the exact same thing happened to him.

I know some people mention about how much of a blessing it is and I will be happy when I'm older but I don't feel happy about it! I don't like people younger looking down at me, thinking I'm some sort of child! I'm training to become a veterinary surgeon and so it involves a level of being professional but how can I be when I'm questioned constantly?

Had to get that frustration out guys lol. I should mention that I'm a 23 year old stuck in a 17 year old body :(
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@: mj1989
23 looking 17 isn't really that bad actually.

I knew one girl at 28 who looks 15. And another 27 girl who looks 13-14.
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At last, I've found some commonality. I'm 31, on my 30th birthday I realized that I wasn't aging. And it's not a good thing, it's a burden. I've had people perform background checks on me because they believed I was using a fake Id. I look as I did in my high school senior pic, and I don't like it. My girlfriend broke up with me over this. What should we do, I need answers from people on how to deal with ordinary life over this. Also, are there health risks involved?
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Sorry to hear of your misfortunes. I've had some run-ins of my own with people who thought I was lying about my age and I expect that when/if I apply for my Social Security benefits, they may give me a hard time then, also. As to the failed relationship, that's the story of my life. By my late 30s, I'd had some 30 women in my life and stopped counting beyond that point. The longest relationship I've ever had was less than three years, when I was married, at 47.
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I'm 52, and look no older than my late twenties.. 31 TOPS..I don't know, i've always looked younger than my age.. when I was 17, people thought I was 14.. I tell people my age, they never believe me. I got carded for cigarettes two years ago.. its a little annoying.. I don't have a line on my face.. I do take care of myself.. I guess I'm just lucky, or great genes.. I have guys 23 on up after me... its whatever, I just say.. enjoy life.. and for all you people on here that have stated you look so young.. much younger than your age... THAT'S awesome... better than the OPPOSITE, lol.
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My mom is 50 and looks like she is 35, my dad is 53 and looks like he is 40. I am 25 and am guessed around age 18-20. My brother is 23 and he looks 17. Our diets and lifestyle is very different.

So I was wondering: what is you guys diet like, do you eat a lot, or not? Healthy? vegan? Exercise? Do you wear sunscreen, moisturizer?

Someone should do a survey about this with all options in it :)
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@: MayaR
Maya, my diet and exercise regimen have been all over the charts over the course of my 60 years, so I don't think it's a diet/fitness issue, but rather, a genetic factor. We have all inherited a genetic predisposition for aging very slowly, which seems to kick in at about puberty. Even if we have health problems, we continue to look many years younger than we are and I expect that will continue to be the case over the course of our lives.

One thing, as a genealogist, that interests me is whether we are all from the same haplogroup or not. A haplogroup is a genetic "clan" from which one descends. The earliest progenitor of each haplogroup was a single individual whose genes mutated and that mutation was passed on to his or her descendants, right down to the present day. There are several haplogroups, each descending, in turn, from earlier haplogroups, going all the way back to the first humans who left Africa, some 60,000 years ago. It would be interesting to see if this trait we all seem to share is a mutation passed down through only one haplogroup or from more than one, and which one(s).
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I look about 10 years younger, just turned 35, male. More recently my age peers have really started to accelerate in terms of their ageing and I feel more and more out of place. My late teens and early twenties were actually ok as everyone looked relatively young. On the whole, I have a myriad of the usual stories to tell of disrespect, being treated with contempt or simply ignored. To anyone not affected, imagine wearing a mask of a different person, the person that people perceive, but being a completely different person underneath. The real killer is that the person people perceive is a youngster with little experience, knowledge or anything, while underneath hides a grown man with a wife and successful career. I am effectively disabled and class myself as such. With my condition I am unable to participate in normal society. The real downer is that deep down I have a positive, confident and generally happy and extrovert character. Tragically, by the way people typically treat me, my condition has made me bitter, confrontational, introvert and generally withdrawn from society. My life would be essentially ruined would it not be for my beautiful wife, who takes me for who I am !! I am so lucky :)
My agelessness is definitely abnormal and all I would wish for is to simply fit in with the rest of society, not too much to ask in my book.
I agree that medical/genetic reserach needs to be undertaken into this abnormality.
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I'm in my early forties and I have looked younger my entire life and now people still think that I am in my twenties. Many people spend thousands on plastic surgery with the hope of shaving even just a few years off. I think that looking younger is a blessing. If you have kept yourself fit and healthy and you still look young, that is something to be proud of. My Grandmother was in her eighties and she could pass for someone in their sixties. I thank God for my good genes and my good fortune.
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Hi I'm so happy to come across this page I was starting to think there was somthing wrong with me. I'm nearly 32 now and mother to two wonderful toddlers. I am constantly told I look not even 18 it's a big problem as now I'm a mother it can be quite isolating looking so young. It played a Hugh part in me becoming a single mother also which is another story. My background is after graduating from unversite I started working in the media as first a photographer then a film director in fashion. I never even though about looking so young as I worked with a real mix aged group it did not seem to be a problem but now after moving to a new area I'm finding it impossible to make friends with the same age mums as I they look down their noses at me and make me.feel complenty inadequate. I'm small with very good skin and small features a combination resulting in looking extremely young it kinda makes you grow a bit of a chip on your shoulders and people that feel the need to say somthing well I'm sorry but they would not like it if I turned around and said you look like your 80 when intact your 40 where are these people's manners. As to dating again I have no idea how this will work I never had a problem before dating same age guys as myself and I'm told I'm attractive but the older I get the more it concerns me that I will be single for ever. Well maybe when I'm 40 I will end up marrying one of the models I film haha seriously though I'm trying not to let it effect me but Im also really sick of it effecting my life. Im well spoken clearly well educated and love to start new hobbies like snowboarding I'm anything but dull so I guess if people can't Handel my young face then who cares.
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Lizzie you clearly have know idea how this can effect your life people are saying it is effecting their ability to get work and others like myself it can be isolating. I use to know this girl who was the same age as I at the time 19 she had a full head of grey hair and looked a lot older she never got asked out on any of the girls nights out as it looked like they were taking their mother with them it works the same way the opposite end and looking young it's fine if it's just a few years but I look abut 14 years younger then I am and it makes some parts of like very hard.
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I'm just like everyone else on here..I'm 22 (23 in a couple of months) but I look like I'm 16 or 17. It's a little embarrassing right now because I work at Little Caesars and everyone that works there are around 16-18 years old and I look like the same age as them but it's also kind of a compliment when they ask how old I am and they say that's amazing when I tell them my age and...I hear that when I'm 40 I'll look 20 so I'm kind of looking forward to that. lol
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Great to finally find what I've been looking for for many years, now, i.e., others who share my "condition" and some validation of my own theories as to the causes, etc.

Reading your comments and relating them to my own experience, I see a common thread:

1. This is a genetic factor, possibly the the result of a genetic mutation.

2. It seems to kick in around puberty and the gap between one's chronological age and apparent age gradually increases from about 3 to 5 years on up to 10 to 20 years' difference.

3. It doesn't seem to matter how one lives or what state of health one is in, if they have this mutation, they will continue to look younger than they are over the course of their life. There is a possible exception to this, however, with those who have abused drugs. My "little" brother would be a case in point. He always looked much younger than he is, also, and, in fact, still does, at 56, although his many years of drug abuse have him looking older than me, and I'm almost five years older than he is.
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If anyone is interested in stats, there are 56 of us here, so far, by my count (excluding the trolls and the "advice" givers who didn't say whether they are one of us).
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I'd like to see your pictures. Some people tell me that I look a lot younger than my age too (I'm 25), but I don't really think it's true.
I think that when I dress like I'm 14 people think I'm younger.
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So glad I found this! At 21 I was the only one of my friends carded constantly to get into a 16 age limit night club. From 20-25 border guards asked if my parents knew where I was. I got carded seriously up until mid-30s. Now at least I look in my 30s but am mid-40s. My boyfriend is 27 and other guys in their 20s keep asking me out. I have very little grey hair and my wrinkles are more what I see in 35 yo women. I've never smoked, drink in moderation and started eating healthier & taking vitamins in my mid-30s. I have very oily skin like some mentioned. Also I have that issue most of you mentioned with sensitive eyes& light and most pics of me look like I'm squinting. What about moles? I've always been quite moley and they say that is a sign of slow aging. I think this is genetic as my mom & grandma both got gray hair much later than their peers. My dad has always looked good for his age & had a great gramps on his side who lived into 90s. I have 3 kids and all of them have my genetics & lots of moles. My 24 yo & 11 yo have baby faces and look younger than their peers so think I've passed this onto all my kids. Last week a friend's kid said to her mom that she knew I was a mom but that I looked like a kid!
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I have this same problem too but I think its the best thing ever. I am 37 but look 25 or younger depending on who you ask. I use it to my advantage any time I can. Its so much fun to be able to prolong those years of your life forever. I can still wear all the teen trends and not look silly. I can go to concerts like Warped Tour where everyone is no older than mid twenties and fit in. Most of the concerts I go to everyone is way younger than me and no one ever knows. Its so much fun really. The best part is way younger guys hit on me and want to hook up. I like younger men. Men my own age are old and wrinkled. I will admit I have had botox but I think everyone including celebrities have to do a little bit of something to help slow the aging process. I work out almost every day to to stay in shape even though I have a natural thin figure. Also I never sun tan ever. Never have. I think that keeps your skin from aging. Always wear sunscreen and avoid sun exposure on your neck, back , chest and face. Keep your neck and chest out of the sun and your skin will look like you are 18 forever.
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I was felling pretty depressed today because I had been rejected by a few girls recently ages 18-22 I am 25 years old born 8/23/88 I look 15 to 17 so I was Google searching why some people don't age normally all I was find was anti aging stuff and people how age to fast this sort of condition is vary rare and odd its hard to live with for me I isolate myself most of the time but I do have friends that I hangout with all younger than me 21-23 not to much younger anyway I came across this and I never thought there where gonna be so miney people with my problame but there where reading all your post really made me fell like maybe iI'm not such a freak after all this sort of thang is a lot harder to deal with being a guy I know there are some girls out there in the same boat but not nearly as miney guy I guess I just wanted to say something for the next person with this problem will have one more dude that knows what they have to deal with and to all you that don't know its a hell of a lot to deal with just trying to be a normal adult is almost impossible

If anyone wants to talk about this you can email me at blackviper87652@aol.com

Thanks and try and.keep your head up peace
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@: slack88
Dude, you should try think of it as a blessing, instead of as a problem. Because it is true. The people who 'age normally' are the ones who should be envious of us. Nobody wishes to grow grey and old fast. You are living the predicament everybody else wants.

I'll be 30 next year. People still think I'm a student in university/college. I'm loving it. :)

My advice is to find things about your life that you appreciate. Cease focusing on the other stuff. Good luck.
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@: slack88
I'm 30 years old and my aging slowed right down from 18. Even my partners mother a few days a ago said I look the same age as her youngest daughter. I saw someone on the bus and when I spoke to them they were shocked and thought I must be my younger brother as I have hardly aged. But I wonder if perhaps people look older nowadays on average than in the past ie people who look 40 these days would have looked the same as 30 year olds 50 years ago. I see some 15-16 years olds today and they look a lot older to me than when I was 15
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I think everyone in this discussion are elves, ever young and immortal.
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violent10dency
Yea it might kick in anyday now, so just be warned you will get old, we all do. Not all men in their 40's get fat and bald, I know some who are quite attractive, but old guys are just not for me, not right now anyway.
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I am 33 and I still get asked to show my ID all the time. I just dated a 20 year-old this September. I f**king love it man...what r u, some kind of psycho freak? Why don't u go on a quest and find the fountain of aging?
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Do you live in a poor area? I have noticed poor people age faster. So if everyone around you is really poor and you are not as bad off it might just seem like you aren't aging as fast.
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People in poor areas look like age faster because of stress depresion. They stay up late at night causing baggy eyes and dark circles which takes away alot of that fun, youthful looks everyone strives for. There lips start to hang because they haven't smiled as much as they should causing there smile to look old and frail. So you could be right in a different situation, those are just minor, and can only make you look a few years older than you are at the most. He's 38 and people think he's in his mid 20s. thats almost 15 years appart not 2 or 3! which I personally think is a lie or an over exageration.
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I've stayed up late since I was a teenager and I get no more than 5 to 6 hours sleep per night. I have no bags under my eyes. It's a genetic thing, not a lifestyle issue. My lifestyle has varied tremendously over the course of my life and hasn't affected my youthful appearance at all.
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@: GaryR60
yes sir I am same way. drinking drugs smoking. I believe its in the genies. ive abused my body in every way but needles, just doesn't seem to have effect on my appearance. not a single wrinkle. im 39.
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don't hate cuz you look old......
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I have feeling you found this sight looking for answers on how to slow down your own aging process.
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a store clerk thinking my niece was my wife is not an example of flattery. that would be big boo boo...
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great! now you can be a pedo
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And you'll still be making messed up jokes. It isn't funny to joke about that, hopeislife...
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Not funny.
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first of all, if people say you look 25, then why would they ask to see your ID? The US age limits are 18 for beer and 21 for wine. I'm not sure about where you live, but I'm guessing its the same. So most likely thats a lie just put in there to make you seem younger or make it seem more like this whole thing isn't some big lie. secondly, "most men my age are fat, balding, have too much facial hair, and wrinkles" ARE YOU A COMPLETE IDOIT? THERES SIMPLE WAYS TO AVOID THOSE "DEFALTS" IF YOU COULD EVEN CALL THE THIRD ONE THAT!
fat- ummmm excersize and diet maybe?
balding- a wig or some hair growth stuff...?
facial hair- thats the stupidest thing I've ever heard, they want it like that to look mature and wise! All they have to do is shave if they dont want it!
wrinkles- this is a little harder on your tiney brain so I dont blame you... wear sun screan and try to stay out of the sun mid day. oh and have fun so you arent stressed!
I have a feeling this whole thing is a lie. the only reasonable explainations to this are 1)This whole thing is one big lie and you just made this to make you feel better about yourself (idk how, considering its not even true but hey, u have ur hobbies, I have mine) 2) a few people made a huge exageration to make u feel better when the usual is "you look no older than 35!" and you took it a little far thinking your the only person in the world that ever had a few really nice people say you look 15 years younger than you really do 3) You are just over exaggerating, people probably told you that you look like your in your early 30s but u wanted to make it sound better so you changed it to 25 and added that ID stupid lie on there 4) -I already know this one is a lie because a minor is 18 and you said "everyone thinks I'm 25"- everything you said is true and your just bragging.

Good job, my 12 year old little cusion read this and saw right through your little act. Everything typed above was by her! I know her 4 yr old sister could never figure that out! Your so smart!
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should I send you a picture love? make you a believer? I look at myself in mirror every day. if you think a man who has hard time being takin serious because I look like a young man, is flattering oneself, your gravely mistaken.
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I don't think you understand how rules work.

If the legal drinking age is 21, the bouncers have been told to ID anybody who looks under 30 - for security precautions. In countries where the legal drinking age is 18, bouncers have been told to ID anybody who looks under 25.

They do this because they are aware some people look much older than what they really are. That way, it will prevent the underagers from entering the venues.

So it doesn't mean cause got IDed, then you must you look under 21! The topic starter was 38 looking 25, and she still looked under 30, so of course she's gonna get IDed.
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