RUMINATING ON YOUTH
What is youth? According to Webster, it is the time of life when one is young— the time between childhood and adulthood (maturity), “the appearance, freshness, vigor, spirit, etc., characteristic of one who is young.”
Youth and freedom, though, should not be measured by age. I know senior citizens who live their lives with so much enthusiasm they beat a 13-year-old’s. I think more than a number or the appearance of the type of youth, what I wish I would have is a youthful spirit. To me, that means an endless willingness to learn and the enthusiasm for adventure. And people, at least those who wish to continually grow, are wise enough to want to know and understand the youth.
I’ve heard older people say they are enjoying their “youth” now, in the twilight of their years, because they have learned not to sweat the small stuff. It also helps when you’re already financially independent, therefore you have the freedom to do and pursue whatever your heart desires.
What I am really trying to say is that when you are young, remember that time is on your side—you can do what you want and learn from your mistakes. And when you turn a little bit older, remember that age is just a number. At least, that’s what I tell myself.
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