Does anyone really have an accurate image in their mind about how they appear to others?
A new woman just moved into our neighborhood with three kids. Her oldest is my son's age, 3 1/2 going on 4. Without really thinking about it, I assumed she was older than me. I guess she just seemed more mature or something. Then all of a sudden it hit me last night that my daughter is older than her oldest, and possibly, that could indicate that I am older than she is.
I always think this way. It's like my brother-in-law always reminds me, in his mind I'm still the 14 year old kid he first met when he was engaged to my sister. In his mind I'm 14. In my mind, I'm probably about 22. So why did I stop letting myself "age" over the past 7 years?
Along the same line, today I saw a picture of a girl I grew up with that I haven't seen in 8 or 9 years. She is married, has a bunch of kids and looks like a grown-up. If I didn't know who it was or exactly how old she was, I would probably figure she was much older than I am.
Is it me, or does everyone think this way about themselves?