I was interviewing a local business executive late last week and she made reference to others like me, young professionals in their 30s.
Except I'm not in my 30s.
I happened to reference that in passing in my reply and follow-up question, and she told me I was probably about the age of her children -- one of whom's 29 and the other in her early 30s (32, I think).
I turn(ed) 25 this month.*
It's not the first time someone has overestimated my age by a few years. But it is consistent in that it's always overestimated, never underestimated (except by 13-year-olds), and it's usually by about 4-5 years. It's been this way at least since I was 14 -- I distinctly remember being told I could pass for 18 at one point, and at another being asked what college I attended (that was when I was a freshman in high school).
I usually chalk it up to maturity. (It could also be half-baked fashion sense. I don't exactly know.) A friend from college said today that it was because of my confidence. If it's indeed because of either of those reasons, then hey, I'll take it as a compliment.
I mean that quite sincerely. After all, who wouldn't want to be thought of as a sensible, confident woman?
*Ambiguity intentional to preserve my privacy. :P