Look, it’s one thing to lie about your age to try give the illusion you’re a wee bit younger than you actually are but it’s a whole other thing entirely to go to court to try and legally change your age to make yourself twenty years younger.
A 69-year-old Dutch “positivity guru” named Emile Ratelband says he does not feel his age and has taken his battle to court in his hometown of Arnhem, southeast of Amsterdam, to change his birth certificate to say he was born on March 11, 1969, rather than on March 11, 1949.
Ratelband claims his official age does not reflect his “emotional age” and doctors have told him his body was that of a 45-year-old man. He also said his official age is hampering his ability to pick up on Tinder.
“When I’m 69, I am limited. If I’m 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car,” he said.
“I can take up more work. When I’m on Tinder and it says 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."
When asked if he could just lie about his age he said; "I don't want to lie. I want to be myself, so don't force me to lie."
Ratelband also claims that his desire to change his age is no different to a transgender person wishing to legally change the gender they were assigned at birth.
"Because nowadays, in Europe and in the United States, we are free people," he said in an interview with The Washington Post.
"We can make our own decisions if we want to change our name, or if we want to change our gender. So, I want to change my age. My feeling about my body and about my mind is that I'm about 40 or 45."
He said he was willing to renounce his right to an aged pension.
A verdict is set to be delivered in the coming weeks.
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