Twenty-four is a pretty good age. I’m not sure it’s what I would call the best age, but I’m enjoying myself. While I don’t know what the future will bring, look forward to progress. Each new age will bring on new experiences, friendships and career opportunities. I don’t like to remain stagnant, so age and change is a good thing to me. It’s a sign everything is moving forward. I don’t understand why people view age with such negativity.
I know very people who view age positively. You might think 24 is a young age to be worrying, but I know plenty of people around my age already worrying. My boyfriend is funny because he’ll lament that he’s not carded and the next day try to rush in somewhere without getting carded. Carded or not, he’s disappointed. In what world does that make sense?
What always makes me laugh are the people who say “I’m too old” as an excuse to avoid doing something. That only works if there’s a rule somewhere that puts an age limit on a ball pit. I’d be all over McDonald’s play places if I wasn’t too old to run around in them. You’re only as old as you act.
A good excuse is “my back hurts” or “that activity will hurt my joints.” Maybe people settle for “I’m too old” because they don’t want to define the thing preventing them from enjoying an activity. Most I know, though, use the phrase as an excuse to avoid something they don’t really feel like doing.
All around, I see people lamenting their age. People pick at themselves, complaining about their hair, weight or wrinkles. They move their complaints on to activities and music, claiming they’re tool old for that bar, that vacation or that music. I’ve heard stories about how devastating it was for some people to turn 30 or 40. I know fear of death is a pretty serious thing, but I’m pretty sure it can happen at any age. Why are we wasting so much time worrying about how old we are?
Was age always such a bad thing? Every new year seems to bring new experiences to me. I don’t worry about turning 30, 40 or 50. I’m alive and happy. Being 24 forever would be boring. I like change. It really makes no sense to me that we should get so down about something we can’t control.
A lot of complaints about age seem to be vain. Perhaps this is influenced by the youthful older people we often see on TV. Even parents and grandparents on sitcoms seem eerily youthful. In recent years, I’ve seen them try to give a reason for this. Claire on Modern Family isn’t just magically fit. Episodes show her running long distances and working out.
Maybe I’m missing something. At twenty-four, what do I know about getting older? I just don’t think it’s a big deal. Getting older should be celebrated for all the unique experiences it brings. We can look back and lament all the thing we can’t do anymore, or we can look forward to the things we can do now that we’re older.
I know there are some negative aspects of getting older, but they’re hardly worth worrying too much about. We can’t stop age so we might as well enjoy the positive aspects. Life is too short to waste our time lamenting something as guaranteed and unchangeable as age. It seems to me, if life is worth celebrating, than so is age.
Do you worry about getting older? Are there any activities you currently engage in that you expect to stop when you’re older? Why do people use the excuse “I’m too old”? How can we change our perception to embrace getting older for its positive aspects?