But...is youth really all that terrific?
Sure having joints that are a bit less achy, eyes that don't require readers, and hair that doesn't show up in all the wrong places is something to be missed, but are these things all that bad, really, when compared to what goes along with being younger?
When taking a closer look, that is.
So, I'm doing just that; taking a closer look. Below are some comparisons based on criteria not mentioned in any ad for "turning back the clock". Although they are generalizations that don't apply to all at the two age levels, this is by design to bring into focus the real differences between older & younger - to counter the gross generalizations of our "youth culture" that we hear, and too often believe, based on the false premise that younger is better.
More self-confidence/ comfortable in our skin (even when it's a bit sagging...)
Less driven by what others (read total strangers) think about you
(for women) No more menstrual monthly agony/worries
Less invested in drama
Get to enjoy having children in your life (grandkids/ nieces/nephews) without the tremendous responsibility of their daily care
Reaping the fruits of our labors (financially, emotionally, socially)
Youth (under 40)
Drama/insecurity plays a big part in daily life
Much effort needs be put to avoiding or handling unwanted pregnancy
Making mistakes from inexperience
In the building/struggling stage (from finances to kids)
(for young women) Menstrual woes
Need to "fit in" no matter what the consequences
Far less understanding of the world around you and how it impacts your daily life
Still think material things bring happiness, so pursue often at too high a cost
I'll post your thoughts next week.