We’ve heard the song. We’ve seen the ads for the anti-aging creams. We’ve seen the effects of lipo and plastic surgery. Youth is a gift and a curse. A gift for those who have it. A curse for those who chase it. What a drug!
Reaching the quarter-century milestone recently had me thinking about the whole notion of ‘youth’. Why is it we crave to be young and fear growing older? They say that with age comes wisdom. Does this mean we want to remain in our naïve/immature state of being if we don’t like the prospect of growing older?
I guess what it really boils down to is the fact that youth cannot be preserved and at some point we look back and wonder where all the years went. There is this race that everyone seems to be on – there are milestones you should have reached and goals you should have achieved at a certain point in time in your life and when you realise that you haven’t quite attained that, it puts a great deal of pressure on you. So you hang on as long as you can to this notion of being young till you feel like you’ve somewhat made something of yourself and have accomplished what is recognisable to society.
The irony of it all is that the young kids can’t wait to grow older and older folk look back at their days of youth with longing. I guess the grass always looks greener on the other side.
Truth is, we’re all just trying to figure this life thing out. What is important is making the most of the journey as we head to our final destinations – whatever that may be. And we need to embrace ourselves every step of the way, because at the end of the day what will count is what you’re left with when the make-up can no longer conceal the lines; someone younger and more beautiful than you comes along; and when lipo can’t quite give you that teenage bod you used to have. Hopefully, you’ll have surrounded yourself with people who appreciate you for you by that point and most importantly, hopefully you will love you for you – flaws and all.
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” – Proverbs 31: 30