My Cousin just turned 28, this is not old. My friend just turned 23, this is not old. However both hemmed and hawed about getting wrinkles and expressed their complaints about old age.
People generally seem to be consumed by the need to stay young when they are older and in a rush to be older when they are younger.
A few points:
1. Age is just a number!
2. “People are too busy planning their lives, then they are living them.”
3. What’s so wrong with getting older?
What is wrong: Just look at how we treat older generations. In the digital age and the constant unveiling of new technology by apple, we far advance previous generations and then there are those who get frustrated when people in the 50+ age range can’t even work a computer.
Please note that there are plenty of people in the 50+ age range who can work a computer!
Not only do we get frustrated with generational gaps such as technology but we degrade older people when calling them cute. Cute may be a word you use to describe a puppy or a child, an innocent, helpless thing or person. Just because someone is old doesn’t make them cute. Basically calling them cute insinuates that they need taking care of or they are trying to fit into something, like Facebook, that doesn’t belong to their generation. The bottom line is that by calling an older person cute you are widening the gap between the ages, placing them in a category.
Dr. Maura Cullen speaks more about why this is a dumb thing to say in her book, “35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say.” I highly recommend the book to everyone. She expresses, how I have expressed on this blog from the beginning, that no one is perfect and we are all continuous learners. It is okay that you slip up on something, but it is understanding that you did and learning from the experience. We are only human, we are not perfect.