When we reach the age of 20, we begin to worry about what other people think of us. At the age of forty, we no longer care what other people think of us. At the age of 60, we found out that they had not been giving any thought to us at all. Not Ann Landers but someone else came up with this saying about becoming older.
We disproved a post that was made on Facebook back in March, which claimed that Winston had remarked, “When you’re 20, you care what everyone thinks, when you’re 40, you stop caring what everyone thinks, and when you’re 60, you realise that no one was ever thinking about you in the first place.”
After seven months had passed, an almost identical piece was published, with the exception that the late advice columnist Ann Landers was cited as the source for this particular statement.
The blog article titled “Ageing Gracefully” that was published on October 17 opens with the statement that “at age 20, we worry about what other people think of us.” After the age of forty, we no longer care what other people think. When we reached the age of 60, we found out that they had not given any thought to us at all.