What is age but a number? I’ve always wondered what age we would assign ourselves and others if we didn’t consider the date of our birth or
physical appearances and instead judged based off of maturity. As a kid, I was taught to respect our elders because with age comes wisdom. But later in life I realized that age is only correlated with wisdom, not the cause of it. Instead it is the number of life experiences we have
that dictate how mature we are.
I recently turned 22 a few weeks ago and upon reflecting on the past year, it really dawned upon me how different of a person I became. A lot
of stuff happened the past 365 ish days. The memorable ones are graduating from college, getting my heart broken, finding a real job, totaling my bike and almost dying in that accident, and getting a fresh new haircut. I’m also interacting a lot more with older folks. Just the other night I was chatting up this one lady and it wasn’t until way later that I find she is 35 and has 2 kids. I listen to older guys tell me about their careers, the mistakes they made, their relationships, debt, health, and even their dreams. They’ve definitely been through a lot and it shows in their perspectives. It’s amusing how I am doing the same things the older guys did when they were my age - going out a lot on weeknights, living in a city I can’t really afford yet, and a bunch of shenanigans I won’t mention here. Maybe I’ll listen to their advice and avoid the same mistakes they made, but then again I’m a pretty stubborn guy who chooses his advice carefully.
Some people never grow up. Others grow up too fast. I feel like now is the finally time for me.