Numbers can tell a lot about a person.
Income. Debt. Weight. Hemoglobin. Blood Pressure.
You got the idea. We are attached with numbers someway.
Everything is relative.
Take debt for example. Someone who makes a million bucks a year probably thinks a $10K monthly credit card bill is reasonable and might even think that it’s low for the month. For others, that would put them into bankruptcy and depression. For some people who are not in control of their finances, $10K bill might be a way of life…even if there is no way that they can afford to carry that debt. It’s all relative, based on our own orientation.
Take income. A $50,000 raise for most people would put them on cloud nine with joy. For others, it’s just a blip on their radar…perhaps not even covering a monthly personal tax bill. Again…it’s all relative.
We all look at numbers in a different way and interpret them with our own personal internal reference system.
So as I said, I am a 27 – 40– 37.
What are you?
What do those numbers mean?
It’s a relative study combining a number of things. It’s partially mental as well as physical, chronologically. So, it’s unique for each one of us. Your daily routines, sleep schedule and exercises can change it over your lifetime.
I asked a couple of my friends what their numbers are. And I’ve received different kinds of responses.
In some cases, the first number is quite high. In others it’s low. Lot’s of times entrepreneurs and creatives have a lower first number. Others with a higher first number are more “traditional” and less creative. Less inquisitive. Less likely to do something out of the ordinary.
For some people, the second number varies quite a bit also. Athletic people have a lower number. Those with a higher number may be more likely to be overweight and with chronic diseases. Funny thing – those who think about the middle number (when they know what it is) will typically have a lower number. Those who don’t will probably have a higher number.
The third number is one that changes constantly for each person. It doesn’t fluctuate like the other numbers. You can’t control what this number is, but it is very important. And I have not run across a single person where this number has gone down with time.
What do the ratios mean?
You can also play with ratios and analyze interesting facts. The ratio (R) of the first and last one –
R < 1 == GOOD
R > 1 == BAD
But if the ratio is too less than one, that can be bad. (This consideration is made for adults, not kids)
Same goes for the ratio of the second number to the third. Over one is bad in most cases; under one is good to a point.
Now in both of these cases, you can impact your ratio by changing your first two numbers. And the third number, although changing all of the time, is not under your control. It will keep pushing that ratio in a different direction – in a constant battle against the first two numbers.
OK, so enough of this riddle. What are these numbers?
First, let me say this – it is NOT scientific. These observations are based on my own quizzing of people. It is NOT scientifically tested. It’s merely to make you think.
So let’s get started.
First, get relaxed and close your eyes. Then, think about how old you feel in your thoughts. Think of how old you experience when you look in the mirror. If you are verbally communicating with someone else and they can’t estimate your age by your voice, how old would they think you are? That’s the first number.
Second, you need to do an honest appraisal of your body and health. How old do you physically feel? Use any metric that you want. Any comparison that you want. But how old do you feel? Older than you are? Younger than you are? Be honest. If you cheat on this, you will only be cheating yourself. How old you physically feel is your second number.
The third number is your actual age. (Now Feb 29 birthdays – don’t play games and only say you are 1/4th your normal age)
The third number is your benchmark. It’s the number that you compare to all of the other numbers.
The first number, your “mental age” helps you understand your approach to everything. Work, play, relationships, etc. Are you younger in your mind than you are chronologically? Or are you older? Think about it. Look at the way you approach life. Does it now make more sense to you? This can help you explain a lot about your approach to many things. Give it some thought.
The second number, your “how I feel physically age” is very important.
- Have you been taking care of yourself?
- Eating right?
- Visiting the doctor?
Chances are that this number is lower than the third, ie. a ratio of less than 1. But maybe not.
Are you overweight? Sedentary? Smoke?
Then maybe your ratio is over one, and you can feel it. You may have health issues that you can’t avoid, but you can take care of yourself. But if your ratio is over one and it’s because of the life choices you make; It’s up to you to bring your ratio down.
Change is possible
Yes, you can get some control over the first two numbers. Life experiences and lifestyles to change how you feel physical and mental health are too diverse to list here, but the simplistic realization of your physical and mental age is the foremost step towards setting your goal.
Now go back and look at the analyses that I outlined earlier and re-read this post. Do the analyses that I described now make more sense? How about those ratios?
If you think and feel younger than your chronological age, you will probably stay vibrant and positive longer than those who are mentally and physically older than their chronological age. You will probably work to stay healthier, both physically and mentally, than others who don’t.
I think that these are positive indicators of our life.
Another thing to remember is that these numbers will change with time. As you grow older (I mean more experienced in life), how you feel physically and mentally will change? You can also potentially look at these numbers in relationship to others you have as a close circle of friends. It’s my guess that they will have similar ratios like you, although the actual numbers are probably different.
I hope that you scored well on your numbers. There is no right or wrong, really! People who continually look to learn more and do more take more control over their lives probably live a life that is “younger” than their chronological age. Yes, they have the maturity and wisdom of experience, but the raw energy and drive of youth. Is this true for you too?
So knowing this…will you go forth and look to “model” your ideal score? The score that YOU want for yourself? Or will you continue to passively accept the number that you have, even if you don’t like it?
The score is up to you.
Share with us YOUR thoughts on using these numbers. Am I right? Or am I wrong? Let me know in a comment.
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