By Tony DeLorger © 2012
Funny how time squeezes every last drop of life from our ever-evolving state. Life is a fuel and we, as our lives ensue, stop driving in the overdrive of youth and eventually settle down to the speed limit of middle age. Then, in the end- our twilight years, we drive in the left lane at half speed, unable to hear the honking from the angry drivers behind us. With age we use less fuel and become a little more economical, to milk that metaphor to the nth degree. But in a way it all balances out; what we burn out in youth we savour in age.
The fact is that everything changes as we grow older: our physicality, our attitudes and indeed our expectations and tolerance to the tedium and inefficiencies of life. I guess age shows us that experience speaks for something and what we have accumulated has a profound affect on how we then view the world. The one thing that experience and wisdom is, is ageless. It is the result of time, but in itself, a spit-second mirror image of accumulation, a resolve based on personal fact rather than fiction.
What the young see in our stance is quite another matter, not able to relate through eyes that have seen the unforeseeable, the future; their future. Unfortunately you can't put an old head on young shoulders, and in that light, we are wasting our breath. But for parents and often grandparents the benefit of experience is so often cast aside as irrelevant, when in essence nothing changes much between generations, apart from superficial changes in culture and technology. Psychology works because we are all basically the same with the same basic natural responses and propensities.
In a nutshell, the truth is ageless, an ever-evolving reality that can in no way be perceived by everyone at the same time. In age we learn that perceptions change and often we are not ready to accept or understand. So no matter what we of age try to impart, those younger are often unable to see or accept, and simply have to endure and experience in order to benefit from that circumstance.
The irony is that when we have the greatest capacity to absorb and enact our will in life, in youth, it is generally in age that all the pieces come together in perfect perspective and understanding. Is that some omniscient sense of humour here or am I just paranoid. Whatever the case, what we share in life is all valid, seen, clear and cut through different eyes, every one of us. Perspectives are endless and our minds are so finite when it comes to belief or understanding.
The message is simply: we should be open-minded, because wisdom comes from both old and young, and within the passage of time it's just truth unencumbered, and completely ageless.