Let’s cut to the chase: This phrase isn’t about age itself.
I used to think it was about something this thing that was out of my control. To an extent, I still think it is. But I also think it’s about not yet understanding things you literally can’t comprehend. (Yet.)
As a 29 year old, I would be lying if I said I had never thought the following phrases:
-YES! I CAN DO ANYTHING! I SHALL TAKE ON THE WORLD?!
-You did what? Well. That’s silly. I’m going to do it better by the time I’m your age. (Duh.)
-You’re just old and bitter. I’m not going to be like that…
I recently found myself socializing with some peers who were a lot younger than me. I found myself thinking, “Wow. They don’t understand things the way I do.” And then started to realize that I don’t understand what my peers older than me do.
I don’t believe it behooves any of us to condescend our younger peers. But I also think there’s some truth to keeping our mouth shut and listening to those who are older than us. They have information and experience that we couldn’t possibly comprehend yet. Oh we will, don’t worry…we’ll do something to screw up, I’m sure….But what IF we could start to comprehend the basics of those concepts before ten years earlier? Wouldn’t you want a taste of that?
I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.
Let’s listen to those “old” folk. And gently remind them – they’re not old. They’re wise. There’s a big difference. An awesome difference.
I’m not saying I wasn’t smart and wise seventeen years ago…..points if you can find me (hint: I had glasses)
Let’s all go get ‘em. Regardless of age.
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By the way, I’m Tony. I live in Chicago. (Duh.) I’m an actor and blogger living right up the street from Wrigley Field.
My blog is here to help others take control and live a more authentically positive life on their terms. Since working with a coach and learning more about personal development, I’ve started sharing my learnings with others. (I have a lot…)
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