Cecelia Ahern once said, “Age is just a number, not a state of mind or a reason for any type of a particular behaviour.”
According to Russo & Bryan 2013, Age is a state of mind, however, the physical length of time one inhabits the earth and is alive. It is that part of the duration of a being or a thing which is between its beginning and any given time; specifically the size of that part. Many folks are eager to read up your profile, think of your age and assume your status quo. Why? Because our thinking has been stereotyped by certain achievement to a certain age. A typical example of this stereotypical achievement is seen in Lenrie Peters’ “Panic of growing older”. The poet begins the chronological explanation of human life cycle ascertaining the fact that it is almost not impossible for human being between the ages of 20-30 not to explore and be overwhelmed by youthful exuberance. Stanza one gives a vivid explanation.
Still by hope
Of gigantic success
Time and exploration.”
History has it that between the ages of 18-28years of man is the most pivotal decade of his life.
Going by the poet’s idea, we are made to understand that the strength of a man lies in his youthful days. Hope is made available. But as the year runs by, a certain sense of disappointment and failure sets in. At thirty, a man begins to express psychological challenges thereby causing depression. Moreover, psychological theories posit that midlife crisis sets in mainly at age 40. Furthermore, the world expects of you that at a certain age you should have attained certain heights which might not be possible for you again if age passes by you.
Age should never be a restriction for you not to attempt or fulfil goals neither should you find it hard to execute some life success projects. Never get carried away along with the race with your age group. Things are meant to happen in its own time.
Many are lost in the barrier that age has placed on them, carried away with the fact that your age does not determine the respect you earn rather your success acquired, goals achieved and dream fulfilled is what makes you respected. Susie harper once said, “Aging does not necessarily mean letting go of your dreams just because you think you are no longer able to reach them”. Robin Sharma also said, “Aging only happens to people who lose their lust for getting better and disconnect from their natural base of curiosity”.
Age has been viewed by many based on their physical/body structure, puberty, increase in sex hormones, emotional maturity, logic, experiences, number of years etc. which is far beyond that. Age only indicates that you are alive to keep being happy, having fun, enjoying life, laughing, learning, dreaming, smiling and to keep living your life to the fullest.
Many people have lost it. Many have missed their target and purpose, simply because of age – my mate is this, my mate is that. No argument that it is very important to plan ahead and get things done early just as the saying “He who fails to plan, plans to fail” But little did we all know that what works for one might not work for another. The Grace enjoyed differs. Do not be rushed into what you are not ready for.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young (Henry Ford).
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