crowdI was wondering today why it is that some old people look young, and some young people have a knack for looking old. Then again, why is it that some people have eyes that always seem to be smiling, while others betray their smile with their eyes?

Pretty simple thought processes going on in my head today. How we make instant judgements about the people we see and meet.

Whenever I get the opportunity, I just love to observe people. Not ogling or anything perverse (although some may think so), just quantitive observation and mild conclusion. Shopping areas are my favourite places, because people are so lost in their own concentration, they hardly ever notice me giving them the once over.

I have found that cafés are not so good, as people tend to be doing what I’m doing, so we get of a lot of embarrassing eye contact as we try and quantitively observe and mild conclude each other.

Anyway, my point is that when people are relaxed and do not feel they are being observed, they act very naturally and do not have their social guard switched on. You can really see how this works if you notice two people meeting each other by chance in the street. Their bodies snap to attention, faces take on a whole new personality and you can almost see the computation taking place as they try to remember each others name. This is usually accompanied by a lot of false smiling as well.

My favourite people to observe are in fact old people. Well, old in the sense of older than me, so that pretty well narrows it down to very old people. My fascination is with their eyes. How some seem to have a permanent happiness implanted in their eyes, even if their mouths and wrinkles point south. You can also sense a brightness or openness in their thinking from their eyes.

Then there are the young. Eyes that can betray their youth and beautiful skin. Eyes that are bored, unhappy, tired and unsmiling even though their mouths point north with a false smile.

I wonder what I look like?

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3 thoughts on “Young and Old

  • 04/02/2010 at 8:05 pm

    Wow i have never thought about old looking young and young looking old until now!

  • 04/02/2010 at 8:18 pm

    Ahhh,,,,Living in South Florida has made me think about age quite a bit. I have alos noticed and wondered why there are some folks that are in their 80's and look 50 ish and the othe way around. Then you get to know them and you understand.

  • 07/02/2010 at 4:34 am

    Ahhh very good observation Derek.
    I've hear it said that 70 is the new 50. That's what I keep telling my mother. haha So, I guess that 50 is the new 30.
    On the topic of appearance, Maybe it is partly life style, partly genetic, partly attitude, (Laughter is indeed the best medicine)and a big part depends on which part of the country that you live in.
    Ahh The eyes… The eyes are the windows to the soul… Old people seem to have a certain innocence in their eyes.

    BTW You look marvelous ! Men seem to become.. umm Many men seem to become more attractive with age. Double standard but tis true !

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