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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Be Your Age

I didn't say act your age. That's a straitjacket, exactly the kind of thinking I hope you'll avoid.

I don't mean that you have to follow some "rules," or conform to some stereotype ("children shouldn't knit" or "old ladies shouldn't roller skate").

Instead, be your age. Whatever age you are, there's nothing you can do to change it.

So why not just be that age?

I mean, accept your age. Stop wishing you were older or younger. Because wishing won't change your age by one second.

That said, do whatever you want. Rejoice in where you are. Revel in your you-ness.

Let's say you're a teenager. There's a carnival in town. Your parents want to take you, and you know it would be fun, but someone says, "That's for kids."

Hey, newsflash: You are a kid.

Or maybe you're 62, and there's a golf tournament sponsored by the local senior center. You'd love to sign up, but senior centers are for "old people."

Well, guess what? You're old. Sign up.

You're always walking a tightrope. On the one hand, don't let anything stop you because "you're too old" or "you're too young" or "that's not appropriate for a person your age."

But on the other, don't deny that you are the age you are.

Go with the flow. Accept who you are. Be your age.

You'll be happier.

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