British Columbia, Canada
I have a somewhat playful personality. I like to have fun, be foolish and laugh. All of my friends are younger than me and I always end up with younger men. I don't think that is because I am immature (generally) but rather because I am bored with most people my age. They just aren't as active as I am.
Of course there are exceptions.
Some days I feel like I am being forced into a box because of my age.
Ditto here Susan. Gosh I am 63, ALL husbands were younger than me, and all my friends are way younger. Now that you mention it, I don't even know anyone my age come to think of it.
So, you have proven one thing - not ALL people put a lot into defining age. I never really think about age to be honest, but sometimes you are just so right - it boxes me in and my mind has a hard time catching up to my body.
Activity is the key! If you want to stay young, work and play damn hard! In my opinion, when you stop you age, then you "rust" and I vowed I was never going to die from "rust!" Now's there's a whole other thread, "What are you afraid to die of?" Mine, is definitely rust
Oh I forgot to mention that my Wii age is 32, and according to testing my "health age" is 47 so I will just take that as a good sign?
With my luck though, I will probably be hit by a Mach truck! ((*^))
In answer to your question about why we "dress" a certain way at certain ages I have no clue, because I sure refuse to live within those boundaries, but you are right - they do exist! It is in what we are taught, you change the lessons you teach the young, the outcome also changes.