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What’s something you look forward to as you age?
And what do you miss from your youth?
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Youth isn’t something that I found useful to my goals throughout my life. I was never taken seriously, and never had the autonomy needed to pursue those things I found worth my time, until I gained several decades in age. About all I miss from youth is the greater amount of time I to read and that someone else took care of the serious things such as bills. Stress was real, but it mostly revolved around small problems that resolved fairly easily. Of course there were things that couldn’t be resolved but they did not weigh so heavily as they do when you have the burden of all things upon your shoulder in adulthood.
The main thing that I look forward to as I age is retiring in less than a decade, if everything goes as it should. This would go a long way to returning me to reading time and less stress trying to get my to-do-list checked off. There would be time for my art hobbies and other projects, too. Unfortunately, the necessity of a day job is still very real. And, I must continue, especially now that I have a child.
Having all those hours back to myself will be a great boon to my writing career, too. I won’t burden myself with a tougher blog schedule, but I will have more rest time and time enough to let those ideas percolate again. In addition, I’ll be able to get out more to live more life and that always helps with ideas.
Growing wiser is another attribute I hope to gain as I age. There is so much to learn! I don’t miss the ignorance of youth, or the myopia of thinking myself so informed in my thirties. Middle age has caught up to me now, but enjoy the wisdom and understanding of those years, but I know there is a long road of learning ahead. I really do hope that I become wiser.
Baby smooth skin may be gone for the rest of my life, but it’s not something that preys on my mind. Neither do I worry over white hairs. Lines on a face and silver hair are beautiful. They mean a life lived. They mean wisdom. There is so much charm in faces of all ages. They shouldn’t be judged for not having the perfect twenty-something look. That time is so fleeting and far too early to stake all one’s dreams and aspirations into. What truly matters is one’s mind and one’s peace.
Getting to sit in the sunshine and sip my coffee on mornings that are once again on my terms will be so relaxing. Those days where I have responsibilities that take me away won’t be anxiety inducing unless what’s taking me away is a serious appointment about serious things. The fact is, we cannot escape hard times and stress, but not having a job stressing you out on top of it is a bonus! Although this may lead to more isolation, I am the kind of person who does need more alone time than most. I get exhausted by being around others. Sometimes, I wonder if it’s just because I know I have so much to do and I cannot do it in that moment, giving my attention to others. And the longer that things wait, the longer the list gets, and waiting can add additional steps.
The idea that youth or old age are inherently better than the other is based on ideas that there are benefits without a downside. As we age, our health can grow more fragile, but so in youth can health be fragile. I have experienced immune compromised status for as long as I can remember. I’ve been sick a lot! That won’t change. Although my red will fade to silver and my skin gain creases, I know I will still be the loveliest I have ever been, because I am still me. Sure, it is frustrating to get discoloration on your face, and watch your texture change along with pores growing more prominent. However, that’s all based in the idea that others are judging you negatively for these things. Media certainly doesn’t help that notion.
What media ignores, however, is the experiences that years give a person to make them wiser. Not every young person is ignorant not every elder is wiser. That said, you’re more likely to find deep, useful wisdom in an elder. Listen to their stories. Stop regarding their gray hair and wrinkles as something to fear and revile. Youth should last so much longer than it does, but not the learning curve of life. Listen to the young, too. They have some great ideas and insight. Their energy carries us all forward. Try not to get in their way as they move to accomplish goals that will better our world. That’s their job, and they’re quite good at it when allowed to without fearful elders wagging fingers and fighting to keep things as they are.
Certainly not all change is an improvement, but neither is stagnation a benefit to life. Let us grow wiser in this.
We all age. There’s no fighting against it. More than anything, I look forward to my time returned to me, so I can continue to create and maybe regain peace of mind, like I had in my youth.
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