What is age really? A number of years that grows with you, from one decade to another, that is somewhat a part of your identity. That defines you as a person – how many years you have been living on this planet that we call earth.
Someone asking your age is supposed to get the idea of how old you are, right? But is that really the case? Is age just a number? Does it say what you have been through in life? All the difficulties you have survived, or all the times you have been in trouble? Does your age define how you are as a person in any way?
What is age and why does it even matter?
If someone is older than you are, does that make him or her smarter or more experienced in any way? Other than the number of breaths you have taken in life, does your age say anything about where you are in life? Or where you are going? What music you listen to? What food you prefer? What you want to do before you die? Where you are going to be in five or ten years from now?
(In my case, I have never really felt like being the age my birth certificate says that I actually am. And also, I have always looked (physically) older than I really am. Or, at least that is what I have been told by others. So the idea of having age saying anything about me – or anyone else for that matter – is bullocks).
Age says absolutely nothing about you. Or about me. Now, then… why do we still get hooked up on ages?
Do you believe that it say something about you?
Do you get “a feeling” about someone by simply knowing their age?
Does it have to do with anything biological perhaps? Knowing someones age, we can tell how their body reacts in certain situations? (Let’s say that by the age of… I don ‘t really know, something over twenty-five, the probability of you breaking the femur increases by some percentages?) So, does age only matter for your doctor and medical journal?
Does age differences prevent you from becoming friends with someone who is a lot (whatever that is?) older than you are? Would it feel weird to “hang out” with someone older than you? If (s)he is not your relative, mentor or boss, or something similar, would you be uncomfortable sitting over coffee or a glass of wine (whatever you prefer) to have a chat, about music/cars/sports/movies… about life, simply.
Does an age difference prevent you from falling in love? Where does that limit go? And what if the person you are having feelings for is just one year older than your mind has set the age difference-limit to be? Are you suppose to give up on a relationship or friendship just because of a number?
There is a lot of talk nowadays about respect and tolerance among people, for one another. Accepting differences such as cultures, background, ethnicities and so forth. Does that also go over generations? Are we respecting and tolerating elderly people just like we are taught to tolerate people with different nationalities than our own? Do we look at older people (or younger for that matter) as UFO:s that don’t understand our own way of living? Because they were born in a different time and place?
Some (maybe most?) of the people in my life that have ment the most to me, are older than I am. And no matter their age, I always have a really good time when being with them. They have taught me things about life, shared their experiences about life, and so have I done. Shared my experiences from life. Since we all live our lives differently, we can always learn something from another person. No matter the age.
So, is age just a number?