It’s not so much that I’m older. I truly feel it’s more like I’m experienced. If I’ve lived life with a good degree of totality and immersion in it, more than saying I’m older, you can better say that I’m experienced.
Experiencelife.com says this about the truth of aging:
“… while our culture is inclined to associate aging with a downgrade in beauty, vitality and appeal, aging done well has the potential to be something else entirely: an enjoyable and inspiring upgrade of self.”
The authors go on to say:
“Done right, living brings wisdom, emotional maturity and insight. With age comes experience, skill, discernment and perspective. We become more empathetic. We develop the compassion to fully know and love others, and the confidence to relax into our best attributes. We gain the ability to know—and even strut—our own stuff.”
This accumulation of life experience culminating in the riches of wisdom and compassion is a golden treasure not just for ourselves but for our planet. In some cases, many wise older ones become masters of life. It is unfortunate that this wisdom is barely recognized and embraced in our American culture.
Yes, it is true that some people advance in years and become angrier and more miserable as they go. Some just give up the ship and stop opening themselves up to new learning experiences. They shut down and shut out experiences that can lead them to beautiful new and rewarding horizons. Please don’t judge the entire population on the number who consciously choose to opt out of life. Instead, observe wherever you can the great contributing wise ones who cross your path every day.
To be sure, younger people also possess wisdom, yet they also bring a heavy dose of knowledge and incredibly appealing innate savvy to home and work life. I find this to be similar to yang energy.
Those who are older have accrued an awful lot of knowledge which has been digested, so to speak, to become more than knowledge. It now morphs into wisdom.
When we blend the yang of knowledge with the yin of wisdom, it’s a creative well-balanced magic formula. When yin and yang, young and elders come together, when they create, serve and play side by side, what results is rich, energetic, alive, vibrational and beautiful.
I recently had the experience to work in a department store just for the sheer experience and fun of it during the holidays. My purpose was mainly to experience numbers of people and share my light with them in some small way.
I noticed a very clear difference between two sets of employees: young and older. Each group brought its own, varied and complementary characteristics to the work environment and both together truly brought a wonderful balance to the workforce. In general, the more mature employees engaged one to one, eye to eye, heart to heart a little more with the customers. Some customers were hurting and suffering and sought to engage and maybe even elicit empathy from their cashiers. (I know it sounds strange but when you’re hurting that badly you’ll reach out to someone wherever you can.) Compassion and loving kindness was a natural spontaneous response from the older employees. It’s the kind of compassion and kindness that arises out of wisdom of years and experience lived.
When the yang of knowledge and the yin of experienced wisdom do not shut each other out but rather learn from each other, this ensures an enduring youthful spirit in both subgroups of the main group called humanity. Balance is achieved and it is this kind of balance that when embraced can benefit the planet so enormously if only we will allow it.