Society has wickedly and conveniently set an acceptable age limit on achievements; and because we are not used to challenging norms and man-made traditions, we have allowed society’s wicked mindset/values rob us of tangible happiness and good health.
Yes, good health…because so many have become depressed as a result of being judged based on their age when they have not attained certain heights in life.
Such heights include marriage, having kids, getting a job, getting an apartment, leaving home, starting a business, retiring etc. Some have lost meaningful relationships because they refused to date/marry a far younger person. Or even far older.
As a society, we have slammed on ourselves ‘acceptable’ ages to achieve all these. So, if you fail to do any of those at the societal age limit, you are tagged a failure. It is that bad.
This is not encouraging laziness or lackadaisical habits or those who sit and chant ‘what will be, will be’ without getting their lazy butts up to make hay while the sun shines. No.
The point is, age has robbed many people of happiness and liberty. It has sent many into depressive states. When God has not put limitations on us, we put many limitations on ourselves.
But God is a God of perfect timing, not of age. He doesn’t look at your age before he blesses you. He comes at the time of ‘life’, when he knows you are mentally, spiritually, intellectually ripe for what he wants to give you.
For some, they believe so much that age is just numbers. It doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t define who they are. They say age is not directly proportional to wisdom. But then, they still judge others by their age.
They look down on younger people without even giving them the chance to prove themselves.They have this sense of enforcing brotherly/sisterly rights over young people they do not have any direct affiliation with.They just want to prove that they are older.
There are still some, who are very embarrassed about their age. They cannot just reveal it to anyone. It’s not even a direct question to ask anyone be it acquaintance or colleague without getting an evil eye in return.
Their age is their best kept secret. When you ask, they answer with ‘why do you want to know?’ ‘Or it’s none of your business’.
There are those who lie about their age to get into certain positions or to claim juicy jobs. As wrong as it is, those ones believe they have to reduce/increase their age as the case may be in order to get what they want.
That’s why there are lots of aged people in the workforce today who are very young on paper but old in reality. There are also those who willfully conceal their age only out of embarrassment. They feel that they are too young or too old.
It was the case in my secondary school when anyone older than 16 in SS3 was believed to be too old while anyone as young as 14 in the same class was considered too young.
This made some people hide their true age. The ridiculous situations and comments such people were exposed to, made them withdraw into their shell. Thus age quietly became a self esteem issue.
Society tend to expect more from you as an older person. You don’t get away with stuff that might be overlooked for a younger person. This happens in the family mostly. Bad or good behavioural patterns are pardoned based on the age of the one involved.
So, who says again that age does not define us? As subtle as the topic of age is, it is a very important one. It is crucial to the level of success or failure one attains in life. It affects one’s mental attitude.
Why don’t we all break lose from the bondage of getting embarrassed about our age? Why can’t I tell you my age at our first meeting? Whether it’s a man/woman relationship or mere acquaintance?
No matter how much we hide our age, age will still tell on us. Trying to prove we are older or younger than our chronological age has not added any physical benefits to us.
OK, maybe I am missing something here. But please I need to honestly know, what is it about age that gets people embarrassed? Do you feel your present age is a barrier to your happiness? Has your age ever set you free in a life and death situation? Do you weigh your success based on your age and feel happier if you get things done at a younger age than if the reverse were to be the case?
How old are you sef? I will be reading the comments.
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