Last week's final post on aging, in which I discussed surrounding yourself with things of your youth in order to create youth, Marcy and I continued to talk about the differences between being in a teenager's state of mind and an adult's.
We feel we have managed somehow to avoid many of the negative aspects of aging (while also gaining a wee bit of wisdom).
I see this physically when I look at photos of my classmates from high school and wonder when they turned into middle aged people!? Or when I look up an actor, assuming he or she is a good ten years older than me only to find out they are my age or younger.
I know there are genetic considerations, but as the CDC says about disease, your genes still have to be turned on or they can be left off. Environment and choice plays a large part in getting sick (or not) and in aging in general.
Marcy and I did not spend the weekend talking about wrinkles, of course, but instead, we were fascinated by the Aliveness aspect of being young.
Marcy pointed out that she understands why some people, for example, get caught in that one golden moment in high school. Like the bald, overweight jock who still wears a jersey from the football team and walks around talking about that all important touchdown. That moment was His Single Best Moment.
Many of us have, I'm sure, made fun of that jock, but in light of the experiment I wrote about last week, he's onto something.
Onto something...He hasn't actually gotten it. If he really got it, he would be moving on to even better things.
What is there to get, you ask?
Though we all gladly leave behind pimples and angst, the one thing too many of us leave behind is our Faith and Hope and Belief in Dreams and Possibility.
Think about this for a minute...How do you define getting older? How have you (consciously or not) defined Adulthood?
Take a minute and fill in this sentence:
An adult is someone who ______________.
What did you come up with?
Here are some beliefs that I think are common in our culture about adulthood. I think they are the main ones that kill faith, hope, and belief, and finally, us:
Adults are practical. They make money to pay bills.
Adults realize that the dreams of their youth are silly.
Adults know that failure is inevitable.
Above all, as an adult, you learn that Big Success comes to Certain People.
How have you been defining adulthood? Is it working out for you?