The Perfect Age

Editor’s Note: According to a recent online poll by Harris Interactive, the average American adult ranks 50 as the best year of life. In this month’s edition of Iowa Alumni Magazine, we asked people in all different stages of life what the perfect age is for them. Here are some of our favorite responses:

“I’m liking 40 a lot. Old enough to know better…young enough to do it anyway.”

-Jill B.

“The perfect age is not a number, but a vitality of spirit. The perfect age is when you are healthy, engaged, and enthusiastic about life.”

-Diane B., 76BA, 87MA

“16, because you get a lot more privileges like driving, playing more contact sports, more freedom, and you might have a cell phone.”

-Jack, aged 10

“25. You’re old enough to do all the important things and your car insurance rates drop, but you’re still in your prime. Those were the days.”

-Jeff S.

“One year younger than I am.”

-Rich R., 71BA

“6, because you get to be in kindergarten and first grade, and have the best teachers ever. Also, you can pump really well on the swings.”

-Lizzie, aged 6

“The perfect age is the age you currently are. You can never be anything else, so you should embrace it and enjoy it.”

-Melissa R., 95BA

“40, because you have a lot of experience and people take you seriously, and you can be President, but you’re still attractive, and not old and weird.”

-Nikki, aged 16

“The perfect age is 17-20, when a young adult can decide to apply or accept admission to the University of Iowa.”

-Mary S., 09BA



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One Comment

    Posted December 20, 2013 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Present age is wonderful since am happy with wife Constance. But am practicing not die-ing & at age 84 am doing OK. But am also enjoying 7 adult kids (there were 8 but Phil died of cancer at age 50). & 15 grown grandchildren & several (how many) greatgrandchildren.

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