Perhaps we have all at one time or another asked ourselves this question, and perhaps the answers we chose for ourselves were as varied as we are.
But the article linked below takes a statistical approach to this question, coming up with some general reasons why people choose the ages they choose as being the best ones to be.
From the article: "Researchers like Dr. Olshansky are trying to understand the mysteries of longevity and at what ages we feel our best and why."
"Many people in their 50s don’t want to be 30. Seventy-year-olds are among the most satisfied, perhaps because they are also among the group seen as “time affluent.” Less surprising is that no one, regardless of age, wants to look or feel old."
"One study says the best age to wed is between 28 and 32. If you want to have children, it’s best to start before the age of 32."
"If people could live forever in good health at a particular age, it would be 50, according to a 2013 Harris Poll."
The article goes on to list the advantages of being certain ages. At my age, 74, I found these comments particularly interesting:"Seventy is good when it comes to psychological well-being and life satisfaction."
and"Worry follows us from ages 20 to 50. That is likely due to the expected anxieties during those years about money, job, and children ... Those worries, along with stress, begin to diminish starting at about age 50, and well-being climbs to about age 70."
And I thought this was interesting:"Dr. Stone says he often asks people in their late 50s and 60s if they would prefer to be in their 30s. Except for one person, a radio talk-show host, no one wanted to be younger again."
"People at 65 to 74, the so-called time affluent, reported having more fun than any other age group ... The ones having the least fun were those ages 35 to 54."
But people can go against averages, which much of the article seems to be dealing with. For instance, I once knew a woman who told me she had had such a happy childhood that she would be very happy to be a little girl again. And it's likely that some would chose to go back and be a teenager, a twenty-something, or you name it, if they could do so.
But a thought that occurred to me in all this was the wise old saying: be careful what you wish for because you may get it. That is, if one could indeed go back to being a certain age, maybe once there a bunch of ills associated with being that age, that one had completely forgotten about
, would suddenly become real again, and being that age might not seem so good a choice after all.
So Tom Wolfe was probably right. We really can't go home again. Age-wise, anyway.
But it's all for some Friday fun, so enjoy the read! And post below what you
think is the perfect age to be! https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-is-the-perfect-age-1515844860