Friday, May 28, 2010

Act Your Age

I think you should be a child for as long as you can. Don't rush into adulthood, it isn't all that much fun.

Bob Newhart
I'm not suggesting that anyone should go through what Shakespeare calls "second childishness" but I believe it is a healthy thing to hold on to one's childhood, and hold it up on a silver platter in one's heart. Not the past errors, wrongs, sorrows and pains of early life, but the spirit of what one was and, in fact, still is.

I am for finding inside the boy or girl you were and are. Recover the unlost sense of curiosity, wonder, adventure and surprise. You are still a kid, even if it doesn't show on the outside. There are a lot of things about you that don't show on the outside. If you saw me walking down the street you would think "There goes a doddering old relic, What a wretched wreck. He's probably a drunk." You would never know that the doddering old wreck was the writer of peppery posts and baffling blogs.

I often say to youngsters "Don't grow up too fast." They never like to hear that. I usually get a poker faced silent response. They want to be grown ups, immediately. That youth is wasted on the young is an old saying and a true one. But it isn't wasted on those for whom their youth is still a present quality in their lives. With age comes experience, knowledge and, hopefully, some wisdom. It doesn't have the innocence and preciousness of youth. Too many tears, too many disappointments, too much pain make old age hard on folks. But even if the physical vigor abates why does the mental vigor have to go?

I don't look in the mirror often, but when I do, yes, I see the wrinkles and the gray hair and I wonder who or what I'm looking at. I'd rather look at the future, to look at possibilities, adventures and discoveries. I'd rather see the boy I've always been. Who knows, someday I might grow up. But I don't think so.

DB, Vagabond
(This is not a contest.)

In your opinion what is the most amazing thing that could happen during this decade? Make it as outrageous as you want but keep it within the realm of what you consider a possibility.

14 responses so far.

Answers will be published the first day of Summer.

Thank you.

DB - The Vagabond


Linda S. Socha said...
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Linda S. Socha said...

Well said....Love your post.
It is hard for me to picture you as a relic. You are too young at heart

Valerie said...

I couldn't agree with this more. I hope you have a good weekend, DB =)! xox

Ally Lifewithally said...

I think in our hearts we will always be the children we were and always will be ~ Loved this post ~ Ally x

Liz said...

Instead of a mirror look into the still water and stop wondering who you are and what you are looking at.

Then you will grow to fill the reflection as a child that only wants to learn more.

pacifica62 said...

Life has a way of making us grow up at times with the responsibilities it puts in our path, or because of the decisions that we make for ourselves. I find myself in the position every now and again of telling young people not to be in too much of a rush to get married, settle down and have chldren. Enjoy your youth and enjoy your freedoms. Some people are fortunate enough to get to rediscover life again through the eyes of a child or grandchild and that can keep a person young or young at heart. The body is slowing down and starting to show its' age, but the heart still remains curious and carefree, but I look at myself and wonder where all the years went.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

I never want to fully grow up :o)

Bonnie Bonsai said...

This is very nice to read DB. Now that winter is here and I seem to be home most of the time, I can try visiting and read your informative blog.

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