I’m 22 and for the most part, I feel old. I can’t explain that one bit. I’d like to say it’s because 22 is the oldest I’ve ever been, but that’s a dangerously stupid reason to give.

Luckily for me, no-one else actually sees me as old as I see myself, so for the most part I’m fine.

That said, I will legitimately struggle to cope with being, say, 70. I could die from the shock.

Sadly, other than the aforementioned dying, there’s no way to cheat time and stay young, but one Dutch man is getting as close as he can.

Emile Ratelband is 69-years-old, but is trying with all his might to be legally recognised as a 49-year-old. The battle with the city of Arnhmen’s court is ongoing.

His reasoning behind the legal request is, if people can identify as any gender they want, then he should be legally allowed to identify as any age he wants.

Doctor’s told him that he has a health age of 45, so why not?

He said of his plight:

I have done a check-up and what does it show? My biological age is 45 years. When I’m 69, I am limited. If I’m 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car. I can take up more work.

When I’m on Tinder and it say I’m 69, I don’t get an answer. When I’m 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position.

Transgenders can now have their gender changed on their birth certificate, and in the same spirit there should be room for an age change.

Of course it all comes down to Tinder.

The judge says that while he understands where Ratelband is coming from, there are far too many difficult admin implications involved in making yourself younger in the eyes of the law. For instance, it would include legally deleting part of your life…

Ratelband is an entrepreneur and self-help guru which, I don’t know, seems marginally ironic.

Isn’t part of self-help loving yourself and being OK with who you are? It seems maybe a tiny bit counter intuitive to legally try to be 20 years younger if it’s happiness you’re after.

But what do I know? I’m miserable!

Images via Da Telegraaf