I'm really glad I'm not twenty years younger. I bet you are, too. Unless maybe you're 100 and wish you could have a do-over for everything since your eightieth birthday.
There are advantages to age if you live with your eyes wide open. Experience can be a great teacher if we let it work for us this way. Of course, I'm sure there are some people who are just as foolish at forty as they were at twenty. I feel really sorry for them. I was in many ways an idiot in my twenties. I was a high functioning, intellectual idiot, but an idiot all the same. I had to grow into a measure of wisdom. And I learned it in my head long before it fully made the difference it should have made in my heart. Making enough mistakes helps. It can humble you, and open you to new avenues of growth and inner transformation. Learning what doesn't work can be great preparation for an eagerness to know what does.
Today, April 13th, is my birthday. I was born on Easter Sunday, 1952. That makes me 63 years old, or young, as my friends like to console me by saying. And I'm fine with it. I think I'm finally starting to really understand some things, some important things. I have an expansive awareness about life and the world that I lacked even a few years ago. So if you feel like you're mystified most of the time, and are making mistakes left and right, hang in there. The wisdom you need may be just around the next corner. If you let experience be your teacher, and allow other wise people to give you guidance, you can age into new vistas of understanding and delight that you could not even have imagined twenty years ago.
So stay open, stay eager to learn, stay tuned in to what life has to teach you. Let today and tomorrow provide you with some of those genuine benefits of age. And, Happy WiseDay to you.