Monday, September 16, 2013

Age Matters

      There is so much emphasis on looking young and being young in this culture that we sometimes forget that there is value with age. The thing that few people  tell you is that with age one gains insight about life that one does not get from anything but from having lived a bit. This is only a plus. I was fortunate to have someone actually tell me this years ago. Of course at the time I thought she had three heads. But this acquaintance at work told me that she was happy to be the age that she was and that she finally felt confident and comfortable with her lot in life. At the time I hoped that when I would be her age that I would feel the same. I am not yet the age that she mentioned, but I now I see a little bit more of what she meant. I too am more comfortable with who I am and who I have become than I was in my twenties which helps make up for the fact that I'm not actually in my twenties .
     When I was younger I would listen to adults talk about different time periods in their lives nostalgically and I could not exactly relate to it. Now I can and its not all bad. Its fun to be part of the youth culture of the day, but its also nice not to have to worry about always keeping up with it because you know that today's trends are the not too distant future's glamour don't.
      Decade to decade attitudes change as well as fashion. One really has to find what one is comfortable with and stick with it. The pop philosophy and attitudes  of the day will always change. It does not mean that you have to.

1 comment:

Mighty Garnel Ironheart said...

Maturity comes when you realize your parents were right for making you eat our peas and do your homework.
The problem is that popular culture is obsessed with use. We are shown young figures as dynamic and creative while the elderly are portrayed as demented invalids. How many times did the age factor come up in Obama vs McCain? Shouldn't the guy with years of government experience as well as army time been preferable to a community organizer whose only accomplishment was writing a couple of books about himself? But the opposite happened.