People in this country look really young. Somebody I thought was 50 told me he got his PhD the year I was born. And he was normal age when he got it.

This happens to me all the time.

10 thoughts on “Young”

    1. Americans don’t smoke as much, especially not educated people and/or people with money. That’s really it. It’s not diet b/c people say American diets are crappy and I’m not sure Americans on the whole exercise more and do more beauty interventions.

      For comparison: Clark Gable was 38 years old in Gone With the Wind. So many people smoked back then.

      You know who is 38 now? Channing Tatum and Lin Manuel Miranda. Smoking really isn’t a thing now and it wasn’t while I was growing up. I don’t think they even look like they’re all the same age and a 38 year old today looks younger than one in the 1930s.


        1. Is this question addressed to me or to Shakti?

          I’ve already told you — you look like a 1960’s hippie girl!


          1. I definitely don’t look ancient is what I’m saying. Other than in the post-surgery photo where I do look like a hag. But that was an isolated moment.


        2. Yes, Clarissa, you are doing all the things people say you should for young, dewy skin. You don’t smoke, you quit drinking years ago, you eat lots of produce, you avoid sugar, and have started eating a good deal of salmon, you protect your skin from the sun and you exercise.

          If you want to feel great about yourself, snap a selfie of yourself for the Olay Skin Advisor. Daylight and moisturizer subtract about six years from what the algorithm thinks is your “skin age.”


      1. I look much younger than most of my school mates who stayed back in Godforsakia. Some of their aging is brought about by smoking and smog, the rest is the compound effects of many small stresses: little control over one’s life conditions, never enough money, tumultuous political situation, less comfort and fewer conveniences (e.g., few people own a dishwasher), working more and lower-paid jobs and in worse conditions, so many other people in your face everywhere (neighbors, public transport, relatives), less access to greenery, less control over quality of food/water/meds. Also, maybe American food is crap, but I know how to cook and produce is (more or less) produce; the cuisine in my home country is drastically more fat-laden than what we eat here; the versions I cook would make my Grandma roll in her grave by how light on grease they are.


        1. “the cuisine in my home country is drastically more fat-laden than what we eat here; the versions I cook would make my Grandma roll in her grave by how light on grease they are”

          • Same here! I can’t even eat what my parents do when they come to visit any more. Everything is way too salty and floating in grease.

          The rest of the factors you name are crucial, too. I remember traveling with my mom to the village where she’d been born and grew up. We were approached by an ancient old woman. “This is my best friend from high school,” my mom said. The woman literally looked like the best friend’s grandma. My mother had changed how she would age by moving from the pre-industrial village environment to a big city.


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