Have you noticed this? Here’s my theory:
When we’re younger, we’re consumed with the serious business of family and career, sometimes starting these efforts very young, before we’ve had a chance to enjoy our youth. And serious business it is. Raising kids, moving up the career ladder, buying and making a home…all of it.
In a way, we’re old before our time.
I’ve always been a big believer that kids shouldn’t go to college directly from high school, that they should take a year or two off, gap years. How are we to know–at the tender age of 18 or younger, for God’s sake–what we want to do with our lives? We’ve barely lived. Life experiences are far more educational at that age than sitting in a lecture hall learning about Western Civilization. Save that for a bit later. Go out and see the world first–live a bit! Then settle into the adult business of preparing for a career and family. Because once we’re on that path, it’s usually where we stay for decades and decades. Often, we’re old before we should be.
Once retired, though, we can let out a big sigh of release (and relief), moving on from the targeted focus of our adulthood and moving into–oh, I don’t know, dare I call it a second childhood? That time of life when we can explore the things that make us happy? Knit, write, paint, practice yoga, take on a second, more fulfilling career?
I don’t know about you, but at this stage of my life I feel much younger than I did before.
That’s how I see it, anyway.
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