As we age, it’s only natural that we accumulate life experiences and with it comes wisdom. Over time we reflect on events and experiences and our perspective changes. ‘Ageing is an extraordinary process, where you become the person you should have been’ David Bowie
When you’re in your 20’s, you’re concerned of what people think of you. keeping up with fashion trends, what to say and do to fit in with friends, work colleagues and society as a whole. You’re consumed by the social media bubble, wondering how many people have ‘liked your posts’, giving your fingers and thumbs a workout as you scroll through your feed many times throughout the day. As you progress through to your 40’s you care less of what people think of you, and start to live your life on your terms with a new zest for life. Then apparently when you hit your 60’s, I’m not there yet, you realise that no-one was watching or thinking about you anyway. How ironic is that and such a waste of emotional energy on people and events that in the grand scheme of things don’t matter in your life.
“At age 20 we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us.
At age 60, we realise that they weren’t thinking of us anyway.” Ann Landers
I think that’s beautifully put, and great advice. I wish I had known what I know now, when I was in my teens and early 20’s. However it’s never to late to apply the power of wisdom through the ages. Whenever you feel stuck, fearful, overwhelmed, discouraged, unsupported or are looking for a bit of soul searching advice….. ask your older self what they would do in that situation.
I bet you that they would whisper in your ear and tell you to give it a go, to bravely move forward towards your dreams and to live a full life, rather than live a life of regrets and ‘should haves’ when you’re in your 70’s.
Wish It … Dream It … Do It!