I’ve been fascinated with aging. It used to really scare me. But lately I’ve been excited by it. The majority of the people I spend time with are 5-10 years older than me. Sometimes more. It’s not a topic that comes up a lot. But I notice a lot of differences in the older people I spend time with versus the younger people I spend time with. When I say older I don’t actually mean they are old, early thirties isn’t old at all. It seems people in that category seem to have some shit figured out that people my age don’t really have a handle on. Here’s a list of things I’ve learned.
- They realize that humans are crazy. Human beings are totally insane. Everyone has something. Some people are totally neurotic, others can’t talk about how they feel, some are even sociopaths. As long as you aren’t going out and harming others whatever brand of crazy you happen to be is totally okay.
- Life is beautiful. Sometimes we get hit with hard things. Days aren’t always great. But the fact that we are alive. That we have people who love us. That we get to wake up everyday. That is an amazing thing. Something that we need to constantly remind ourselves of, but something that is certainly worth being reminded of.
- Never stop learning. There is always room to learn more. To try out new activities. To develop new hobbies. You can always create space in your life to for growth, and learning. And still manage to get the house cleaned, maintain good relationships(figuring this out is especially exciting to me)
My pool of people is pretty small. Maybe these things aren’t true of everyone. Maybe they are only true for a few. But that’s what I’m going to aim for. I’ve got a quite a few years left. Hopefully I can figure these things out before then. By that time who knows what more I’ll learn.