I am 61 years old. There, I’ve said it.
This means that I grew up in the ’60s. The music that I listened to in high school, my music, is now considered “classic” rock and is still being played today. We didn’t invent drugs, but we took their use to whole new level. And we also discovered that our parents and the authorities were wrong – smoking marijuana did not automatically lead to heroin addiction. We didn’t invent sex, but again, we took its use to whole new level. We didn’t invent being anti-war but we took its meaning to whole new level.
There are many things for which I am grateful that I was born in 1951.
I’ve been telling people my true age for a while but I’ve never put it out on the Internet before.
Anything that is written on the Internet gets stored for a VERY LONG TIME. And it gets indexed. So the search engines will helpfully find all the personal information you’ve ever posted. So anything I write can and will be found by any future wife, any future employer, any future authority figure.
So, if this personal information is “out there” who could use it and for what purposes? I don’t know what for and for that I was afraid.
The Apostle John writes that “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.” 1 Jn 4:18 This is in the same paragraph where John writes that “God is love.” So the solution to my fear is to trust God.
That is easier said than done, but I can trust that God, who made it possible for me to have a Father<->Son relationship with Him, will take care of me no matter what happens in the future.
So I’m changing my Fb About page to allow it to display my birth year. Any on my next birthday, it will announce to all my friends my new real age. And I’m trusting God with how it may be used.
Do you tell people your real age? Why or why not?