Having re-read through my blog post, it is a bit of a ramble. I apologise for this. But a couple of things inspired me to start writing it.
First, I recently read a blog post – Reasons I know I’m getting old(er) – that struck a chord with me (definitely worth a read).
I am no longer young. I am an adult. An actual adult.
Second, I was having a conversation with a friend about the deeper meaning of songs and their lyrics. Of course, this isn’t always the case, Barbie and Ken may disagree but I’m not sure “come on Barbie, let’s go party” is anything other than a cheesy pop lyric.
The song in question inspiring this blog post is the much underrated Just Older by Bon Jovi.
When I started school, the ‘big kids’ were old. Upon becoming a ‘big kid’ and going to secondary school, the pupils in the sixth form were old. When I started working in a shop at 16, my colleagues in their 20’s were old. And so on.
Now I am in my mid-30s, where has the bar for being old moved to?
Is it fair to say that old is actually just older?
Sure aliments likely get worse the longer we spend on the planet, our joints may start to ‘creak’ and getting up takes that bit longer. But there is nothing you can do about age. We all get older.
Instead of worrying or obsessing over age, we should focus on being comfortable with the person we have grown to become. Life is about the moment, of course our tastes and habits change but I firmly believe “like a fine wine, it’s just keeps getting better all the time”.
I would have laughed had I told my 18 year old self that all-day drinking sessions would one day be replaced by afternoons BBQs, children outnumbering adults by about two to one. It has happened and I would not want it any other way.
I enjoy my sleep. What was once routine, the thought of staying up until 2am on a weekday actually scares me.
Starting my first ‘real job’ I remember often looking for an ‘adult’ at work to reassure me I was making the right decisions. Now I am one of these ‘adults’ typically younger colleagues look for. Time and experience has made me a little wiser to my current profession.
The point to all this?
To finish with a quote, “the skin I’m in it’s alright with me”.