Today’s post is a more on the thoughtful side. It’s something I’ve been thinking about lately so I figured I’d share some of those musings with you all.
There seems to be this whole idea surrounding age and opportunity. Too many people believe in the idea of a prime- of something or someone being at its best. It just seems to have a very boxy, limiting definition, although that could be due to the meaning we attach to it.
I’m almost sixteen and while I’d like to be in my prime, I don’t feel I’m there yet. Each person is different and due to that, very little about us is comparative. There is no set age bracket for being in your prime. At this point in time, I feel my potential is being limited. I don’t feel particularly useful or happy with where I’m at and that’s largely because I lack control of my situation. It’s uncomfortable to feel but I want to move beyond it. This is the only way. Beyond that, I don’t feel all that well anymore. It’s been hard to come to terms with the fact that I’m not doing as well as I used to. When you have such a clear picture of who you want to become and things don’t go to plan, you start to feel like you’ve fallen off track. There are days I wonder if being driven and passionate about a better future is enough. Ultimately, all will be revealed with time.
The golden age of your life, your evolutionary prime, is considered to be between the ages of eighteen and thirty five. Old age is believed to set in twenty five years later, at sixty. Really though, who is anybody else to tell you when you’ll thrive? That’s hard enough to work out for ourselves!
We need to release the pressure we put on ourselves and others to have achievements by a certain point. There really is no timeline for making an impact and doing something meaningful. There are recent school graduates with businesses of their own. There are couples who got married in their older age. There are children who have taught me things I couldn’t work out for myself.
If we only learned to look beyond people’s outward appearance and dispel our perceptions of what they are capable of, we would realise that little is impossible.