I've been thinking a little about what it means to be old. It's not as simple as you would expect. The number of someone's age is fairly easy to ascertain, but the nature of their age is something entirely different. Some people are old at 30, while others are young at 75. What makes the difference?
All this has been on my mind recently as I've navigated some things with other people...they were doing them in a way that I would have termed 'old', although in most cases, our age difference wasn't enough to justify the term. In other words, if they were old, I wasn't far behind...but talking to them felt like talking to an ancestor. They wanted to run an event that would have worked great. In the 80's. I balked...and wondered "why do I see this so differently?"
In some cases, I meet people who are numerically younger and still felt like old people to me. If it's not a number, what does it mean to be old?
The best way I can describe it is this...as you age, you grow decreasingly aware of your changing surroundings. At the young end of the spectrum, you notice every change of the wind in fashion, music, and thinking. That's not healthy long term, so by God's design, you mature..and you're affected less by those things...but as some point, you don't notice them at all. You begin to think that the world is frozen in time - that opinions, methods, and perspectives never change....particularly your own. This all happens at wildly varying rates....hence all the young old people and old young people.
The secret of staying young has little to do with botox or a fountain of youth. It has more to do with keeping your eyes off yourself and on others - not for their lead, necessarily, but for cues of life. If you can take it in, you can walk it out.
If you find this article surprising, you're edging towards old. If you think IM indicates the writer missed an apostrophe, you really need to follow the link.