There is a myriad number of things I have seen on Facebook. Most are mindless, time-filling, nonsensical things that I waste too many of my spare moments looking at, but every so often I come upon a sign or saying that really strikes a chord deep within me.
“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”
It was a simple question but those words really resonated with me. Sometimes I forget the number of my authentic chronological age. I have honestly never felt that my time on this Earth truly reflects the age I feel I am on a daily basis. I have always thought that I have an old soul but I have a young energy. Time strings us along, giving us a sense of comfort as we grow older and we are more comfortable in our own skin. But time does not have to make us feel any older than we want to be. Wisdom does not always come with age, wisdom comes with understanding and acceptance.
Too often we are classified by our age. The year on our birth certificate does not have to define how we must act or how we should feel about ourselves. Age really is a state of mind. I will never define or categorize myself by the number of times the Earth has orbited the sun since I was born. Nor will I let the stray grey hairs that peek out from under my Garnier Nutrisse #535 hair color affect how I live my life because of the number of years I have been alive.
When we are told as children to act our age but what does that really mean? How can you behave as a number? To prove my point, Yoko Ono said it perfectly, “Some people are old at 18 and some are young at 90 – time is a concept that humans created.”
How old would you be if you had to pick a number?