I write this after being inspired by a friend’s Facebook post which got me all Fuzzy and Nostalgic as I looked back at how far I have crawled and traveled through life.
Okay, writing this post may reveal my real age [blushing]…Damn to the person who planted the idea in young people’s heads that they should feel Shame and Awkwardness when asked how old they are, while in the ages of time people lived to be over 200 in years.
“I will not be subject to criminal abuse” ~ Timothy Cavendish, Cloud Atlas movie
Why should one be ashamed of being a few decades old?..my thoughts exactly!..
It is truly funny that when we are kids all we want to do is to grow up yet once we are all grown up we wish we were younger again. Oh the sorrow of life..
So my friend shared this:
How simple life was growing up. It costs a lot of money to entertain kids of nowadays and with that the price of disciplining them is even higher.
Society has made it harder to be young. One is expected to be a certain way, have achieved a certain level of education, career, made so much money, gotten married etc. It’s as if your life gets laid out for you and if have not gone that path you are sort of frowned upon.
“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” ~ George Burns
I remember a year ago when I asked my 5 year old nephew how old he thought I was, he looked at my height then with great confidence and pride said 11. When I finally told him how old I really was, he looked disturbed and tried to argue that. Oh how simple the mind of a child is.
Now that I think of all the times I’ve been asked how old I am, I realize that I have felt more trust telling my real age to a crowd that is in my age group or older. After all they know how it is or was being my age before. Nothing surprises them. While when with a way younger crowd, they always give you a look that makes you wonder if they are aware that they too are going to reach my age. Somebody please tell them they won’t stay 20 forever? And so with this thought in mind I let them make their own assumptions. Here we go again, the feeling of shame. Yeah fine, maybe one day I’ll stand tall amongst these youngstars and shout to the top of my lungs with the deepest pride that I’m..
Hell, I’m proud to be 28!! Yeah I said it..
“Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” ~Leroy “Satchel” Paige
As I’m slowly exit my 20s, I can see it was well lived. A lot of errors were done as I started my 20s journey while finding my feet as an adult and yes I do wish I knew then all that I know now but then again if I did, they would’t have been much room for growth. Time is too precious and I can’t afford to dwell on regrets. It’s too pricey and takes all the now moment you could be using now for something better.
After all, Age is merely the duration of life and what is life if not lived in your own terms.