Your tenses may give you self-identified life stage away. Geezerette, hear I come.
Older people seem to have a knack for past tense verbs. I found that out first hand by listening to myself the last few years. I have been through the whole verb evolution thing and here are a few of my observations.
As children, we tend to speak more often in the future tense. We say:
I would like to go to school.
I would like to be old enough to buy gas for my own car.
I will go to college.
I want to be a teacher.
I will write a novel someday.
In mid-life, most of us use the present tense more. We say:
I am going to school.
I am buying gas for my car.
I am going to college.
I am a teacher.
I am writing a novel.
When we get to semi-geezerdom, we often start our sentences squarely in the past tense:
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