Reflections on aging as I embark on my 30th year
I’ve always said, “age is just a number.” Jon Barrymore famously said, “A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” May Lamberton Becker quite possibly said it best, however, “We grow neither better nor worse as we get older but more like ourselves.”
As of midnight tonight, I’ll be 29 years old. For some of you reading this, that might seem really young. For others, the idea of being that old seems like a far off distant event. Birthdays have a way of making us stop and take notice of what’s happening in our lives. Sometimes they make us feel sad, sometimes they make us want to celebrate. This year, I’d say I’m somewhere in the middle of those emotions.
I certainly have plenty of dreams left to chase, and with every year that goes by, I certainly feel more and more like myself. It’s growing into the man I want to become that intrigues me the most about aging. With every year that passes, I have a number against which to measure myself. 29 years in, how do I stack up? How much more room do I have to grow?
Sophia Loren had a great take on getting older, “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
I like that idea of defeating age. Who’s to say getting older is such a terrible thing? With every day that goes by, I grow wiser, stronger, more capable of making my mark on the world around me. I am the person I am because of many many challenging and invigorating experiences that have and will continue to shape me for the better. Every day is full of opportunities to grow, and my 30th year will inevitably be the most challenging yet in all kinds of ways.
I think most of us want to be more mature, but none of us want to age. More so we don’t want to get older. To that I would volunteer George Bernard Shaw’s eloquent words, “You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” I am eternally grateful to be entering my 30th year on this planet, and I promise to live each day like it could be my last. Namaste.