We’re well-practiced when it comes to assigning labels and categories to others, even to ourselves, and very often without great regard for fit and specificity. All of the young are immature or energetic or bratty or happy-go-lucky simply by virtue of their calendar age; all of those older than us are instantly deemed wise or experienced, crotchety, inflexible, low in energy, mellowed or whatever our personal biases tell us are characteristic of aging. And all of these generalizations or assumptions tend to be made as snap judgements from which we tend to be loath to move once set.Most of us, truth be told, tend to match every one of those descriptors at one time or another in our lives, but very few stay in any of those states perpetually, let alone remain limited to them. We are ever so much more varied and colorful, generally speaking. One day, gentle as a lamb, and the next, rambunctious.Not only is there nothing wrong with exploring the differences between us and other people, it’s useful and often highly desirable to get to know the range of characteristics and variations that we ourselves are capable of embodying. And it’s certainly a portal to an endless world of new vistas and horizons, meetings with unexpectedly wonderful others, and times spent learning inspiring marvels and unraveling mysteries when we embrace new encounters without prejudice.While I am often a little too timid in approaching and meeting new friends and going new places and experiencing new things, I do know that my sheepishness can be overcome occasionally, with effort. And I know very well that what may have seemed quite formidable often becomes a treasured part of my life and loves once I’ve taken up the challenge. If I can’t quite handle ramming speed, I certainly hope I will always try to ramble forward with an open attitude, no matter which phase of character I’m in myself.
I love your musing this morning. I am currently doing a bit toooooo much thinking about the past and trying to ramble forward myself!
Moving forward is generally much harder than it sounds, even when we really want to do it. I give full credit to those of us who try, though! xo!
Age and maturity sometimes do not go hand and hand down the path of life…and sometimes that is a pretty cool thing 🙂
I’m a big fan of healthy maintenance of a childlike attitude and point of view, as you know!
I can’t imagine you being timid, Kathryn, with how well you communicate here! But I know there is a bit of security behind the screen. Anyway, I enjoyed this post and I am moving forward by taking my college placement test tomorrow for math! Help! Oh, okay, open attitude, gotcha! 🙂 Hugs!
Best of luck with your placement test! I know you’ll be a stellar student! 🙂
As Shirley McLain in Terms of Endearment said, “I don’t mind being old. I just don’t like looking old.”
I keep hoping that my evident immaturity will keep people from guessing my real age, no matter what my appearance! 😀