Well, here we are again, on my birthday. I don’t have many deep thoughts or profound truth to share today, even though, at 41, maybe I’m supposed to enter into a status of maturity and impart wisdom on all unsuspecting youthful twenty somethings. Well maybe, but hay ho who am I to tell you what to do. I could be accused of opening my mouth to much on the odd occasion, I could even be right in what ever wisdom I’m spouting (on the odd occasion). All I can do is tell you what I have learnt. Some people may disagree with me every now and then but I think I should share all the same. After all isn’t that why we all blog in the first place.
Enough of all that. I stumbled across a question offered by baseball player named Satchel Paige and thought it fitting being its my birthday.
“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”
Now this really ticks the boxes for me right now, mainly because I’m forty-one years old and feel younger by far. So if I didn’t know how old I was then I would be a lot younger if asked.
He was also quoted saying, “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, then it doesn’t matter.” I love this one, because it really reflex’s my own opinion on the growing old dilemma. It only matters if you let it. So ask yourself the first question and when you have finished answering that one then think about the whether it matters to you.
I’m forty-one and love the fact that I’m more wise about the world and people. I can hold a conversation with most if not all people I come across. My life experience has given me the knowledge to write many short stories and almost two novels. I have two children and a wife of over twenty years. Happy is the under statement, I’m ecstatic with my age and the life that I’m living. We trade the youth for the wise and its a win for me no mater how I look at it.
I think this sum’s it up quite nicely.
Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. ~ Chili Davis
So happy birthday to all that share this day with me today. Enjoy it whatever your age.