“Age is just a number”

No it’s not. It’s lived experience. Hopefully you gain wisdom from that experience. Now that I can confidently say that I’m old, I look back at my younger self and laugh. How arrogantly sure of myself and my level of knowledge I was! How I assumed that more years meant nothing. How incredibly wrong I was about so many things that only experience would teach. Young people don’t change much from generation to generation. They think they invented it all and old people are irrelevant. As if all of us old people were born old. So now I know what not to say and how to pick my battles. I know how to let some things and some people go without me struggling to keep them. I have learned that “this too shall pass” is the absolute truth. I accept that how I look now is going to look pretty good to me ten years from now if I’m lucky enough to be around then and able to look back. I’m not going to waste my time telling young people to listen to their elders because the young people who most need to listen are the ones least likely to do so. I’m going to live out the rest of my life appreciating the gifts I’ve been given and being grateful for the things I have, and not worrying so much about what I don’t have. Peace.


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Aug 9, 2023 at 8:41am

Fucking awesome :)

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Aug 9, 2023 at 11:34am

I'm 69 & have a friend who's 70. recently he said to me we arent old we're still young. I told him no we're now senior citizens . my mom passed at 50 & 3 of her brothers passed in their 20s 30s & 40s. I feel lucky, privileged to still be here. They didnt want to go but they did. be grateful you're still here & be kind to others.

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As Tears Go By

Aug 10, 2023 at 7:28am

3rd verse - The Stones

It is the evening of the day
I sit and watch the children play
Doing things I used to do, they think are new
I sit and watch as tears go by

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Age is still just a number

Aug 10, 2023 at 12:18pm

When we talk about experiences we're really talking about facing adversity and challenges and getting through those things. Some of those things can age a person quickly. I've met people that had it rough at home with parents that were abusive or neglectful. They were out of the house, working, and paying rent with older friends at the age of 14. They turn out to be some of the kindest compassionate down to earth people I've met in by their early 20's. Then there's the rich kids that got it all easy, could literally get away with murder and never had to do a hard day of work, never had to depend on a job being there. Mommy and daddy was always there to bail them out. They turn out like our corrupt self indulgent narcissistic airhead man child of a Supreme Leader who is in his 50's. Experience doesn't come with age. Experience comes with hardship.

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Experience absolutely comes with age

Aug 10, 2023 at 6:29pm

It's possible for something like say, an 'artificial' superintelligence to have more experience, wisdom, maturity, awareness, and capability at age 1 than a 75 year old human being (or an entire collective of millions of them, in more extreme examples).

But, the sum total of experience -- which for humans currently does have correlations with age (you won't have any noticeable experiences in 2.5 picoseconds, but you will in 2.5 Earth years) -- is extremely central and important to how mature a person actually becomes and is.

Obviously there are exceptions to that -- some 60 year olds have matured in reverse, it seems, and end up being less mature than some 20 year olds. But generally, yeah, experience, wisdom and maturity does in fact correlate to age in many significant ways. Just.. not in every single case.

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Aug 10, 2023 at 8:01pm

Says a young person obviously :).

One can have many difficult experiences as a young person; that’s not in question. That doesn’t mean they’ll have the knowledge that nothing but age can give. Lots of us old people had very difficult childhoods too. Lots of (probably most of us) left home much earlier than the average young person does now. I was on my own at 16 and didn’t have an easy life. It was typical for children to leave home as soon as high school ended or sooner if they dropped out. So while it’s true that there are wise young people and unwise old people, lived experiences do provide knowledge that can’t be learned any other way.

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So true

Aug 11, 2023 at 7:43am

It really resonates with me when you observed it’s “As if all of us old people were born old.” It was only once I got older that the realization that people can change a lot physically over time really registered. I suppose this is related to the currency of youth for most where they feel invincible. Human psychology of growth and development is quite hilarious where often we only realize what is valuable once it’s gone. If we could find a way to jumpstart this phenomenon, it would probably improve our species!

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