Are you young? Old? Somewhere in between?
Congratulations, you are a card carrying member of the human race.
And as such, we know that in the cycle of life – we age. All of us. If we’re lucky.
So why does society marginalize their aging population?
All forms of media, movies, books, music, etc. – they tend to glorify only 25% of humankind.
If you’re very young, or in the blush of puberty and new love, society applauds you. If you happen to be at the age of sexual prowess, society desires you. Even young mothers and fathers are admired – as long as they are beautiful and sexy.
But what about the rest? Those men and women aged 40 – 95? Where are their stories?
Gone are the days when “old” people were forced into retirement, in fact – corporations and small businesses are newly recognizing the value of an older populace, so often hidden from the skewed viewpoint of social media and youthful perception (dare I say ignorance?).
The above 40 crowd have a lot to offer besides advanced wisdom born from experience, education, and training. They are also dependable, reliable, and often exhibit a higher degree of patience and fortitude than a younger generation.
And who says life is over after 50?! I am astounded that our newly elected President of the U.S. is 70 years of age, as is a large part of Congress. Who better to hold the responsibility for running our beloved, expansive, country than men and women who have been tested over time?
Yet, (generally speaking) we have a generation of young adults that throw away their parents – after becoming “self-sufficient” that is. Once these youngsters think parental monies are no longer needed, parents are relegated to the back burner, with little respect or recognition of the tremendous value they still hold.
Think of all that untapped wisdom – ignored and lying fallow.
But I’m going to divulge a little secret; one that is shared by all those who are on the downhill side of 40.
Life becomes even more beautiful than ever before.
In the words of Agatha Christie, written in her autobiography at the twilight of her years:
“I have enjoyed greatly the 2nd blooming that comes when you finish the life of the emotions and of personal relations; and suddenly find – at the age of 50, say – that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about.
You find that you like going to […] with the same enthusiasm as when you were 20. For a period, your personal life has absorbed all your energies, but now you are free again to look around you. You can enjoy leisure; you can enjoy things. You are still young enough to enjoy going to foreign places…
It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you.”