You’re how old? When your face doesn’t match your age.

This is me. I don’t often post photos of myself, but for the purposes of this post, it was necessary.

I’m writing this post because lately I’ve had a lot of people treating me like I’m someone much younger. And by much younger, I mean someone just out of university.

I’m thirty-seven.

It seems that the gods of genetics saw fit to give me youthful looks. I’m not complaining – being mistaken for someone younger can be at times incredibly flattering but also amazingly frustrating, especially in a professional situation.

My regular outfit is basically what I’m wearing in the photo, or some derivative of jacket and trousers. I don’t think it’s an outfit that makes me look too young, and I do make a conscious effort to not wear anything that would make me look even younger. Unfortunately, the strategy seems to be failing.

I’ve been for a lot of job interviews lately, and pretty much everyone has seemed surprised when they meet me. My graduation date and employment history gives a good idea of how old I am, but the brief shock on their faces when they see me is visible.

I was also outright asked how old I was by one interviewer, to which I replied ‘that’s not important, why do you ask?’ He didn’t have an answer.

Needless to say, I didn’t get that job.

I don’t mind looking young. I’m just wondering if it is hampering my professional image. And wondering if that’s why I always end up being spoken down to by people.

These days, I don’t assume anyone’s age. I’m living proof it’s hard to judge. People usually place me at around 26, some have me at 30 (they’re the ones who treat me slightly better) but to me I just… look thirty-seven, because I am.

I don’t know. I’m just finding it hard to be taken seriously lately!

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