“Oh, I’m too old for that “.
Spoken by someone 80?
Spoken by a young man. He was too old to learn to snowboard.
So often aging fosters an ageism attitude against living life in crescendo.
It creates the perspective that there is a ‘proper’ age for pursuing a life pleasure.
Even a simple life pleasure.
Like pierced ears.
Unlike babies today who get theirs pierced at six months, I had gotten mine done at the age of twelve. As so often happens (apparently), the holes kept closing up, as I stopped wearing them while caring for my young sons. Glittering gold in a mother’s ears tempts babies to touch and to pull.
When I occasionally attempted to wear pierced earrings, each time I painfully re-pierced them. Finally, I gave up, boxing my mostly gifted, pierced earrings.
I reasoned that I was too old to bother having my ears re-pierced.
Yet, if a child of ten said ,”My earholes are closing up, but, I won’t bother, I’m too old to get my ears re-pierced“, we’d laugh.
Surely a ridiculous concept for a ten year old.
Yet, when a man or woman of 60+ says this, people typically nod in agreement.
Getting ears re-pierced is not a big deal nor is it expensive.
Yet, ageism held me back.
Where do we get the concept that we are too old?
Exactly what age is too old for challenges?
Exactly what age is too old for learning?
Exactly what age is too old for adventure?
Aging may effect both body and mind.
It need not affect aging well in spirit.
Therein lies the spirit of aging well.
Living life in crescendo means aging without ageism.
For me, aging well commenced with re-pierced ears.