Age definitely gives you perspective of things that you remember. You see things more clearly as you look back on them with the knowledge and wisdom you’ve gained over the years. I was remembering this girl I worked with when I was 18, about 50 years ago. She was only 15, and she was living with a much older man, (like about 35). At the time we thought she was really cool, but now I realize that she was being taken advantage of by the guy. I had left home at 16 and I thought I knew everything there was to know and that I was just as smart and capable as any adult. How wrong I was! Young people may have the basic intelligence, but they lack the experience that provides wisdom. So they are convinced that older people have nothing to offer them and they ignore advice. Just like us older people did they will have to learn by living. One of the most important things I’ve learned is just how much I don’t know, and how much I still have to learn about life. Being open to taking advice from people who have lived longer than me is still not always easy and I have to remind myself at times to shut up and listen. I guess that’s the wisdom part.


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@ how much we don't know

May 11, 2023 at 1:38pm

Years ago I had best friend who eventually let me know he was gay. I didn't have a clue. He had even chased girls with me and our crew. Or at least I thought he was chasing girls but I guess that's how he was dealing with what society and his parents would not have accepted. When he revealed his gayness to me I was clueless and a few years later when he suicided himself I was still clueless. So now I know we cant' live with regrets, but now that I know if I then knew more I could have likely counselled him and its quite likely he would still be alive. RIP my friend of old.

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May 11, 2023 at 5:02pm

By your own logic you just said that 15 year old girl was receiving advice+help from the 35 year old man.

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May 11, 2023 at 7:33pm

... they were in love. Your culturally conditioned view of age and relationships is completely without historical precedent. It's essentially something that was invented in the 20th century. There's no evidence it makes people happier.

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Partly true

May 12, 2023 at 1:21am

I have acquaintances who are the same age as me 56.
These people may as well be 16 because they are dumb as shit.
They do everything you would expect of a 16 year old at 55

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