…these are days you’ll remember. Never before and never since, I promise, will the whole world be warm as this. And as you feel it, you’ll know it’s true that you are blessed and lucky. ~”These are Days”, 10,000 Maniacs.
Aging and complexity seem to be inseparable phenomenons. With age, life becomes more complex. And increasing complexity causes aging – you know, the gray hairs, wrinkles, bodily aches and pains, and inability to move in ways that you used to. The cycle is inescapable. Once you’re in, you better hold on for the ride. It never slows down. And there’s no looking back.
I’m feeling old this week. There’s a distinct generation gap between me and the new students on campus. I’m noticing a huge shift in mindset, in display of manners and etiquette, of experiences and interests, and cultural knowledge and awareness. Less than a decade has transpired since I was a young, eager freshman, yet I feel as if I am ages apart from them today.
This twenty-something age is a wonderful, and at times terrifying, place to be. The decisions of this era possess great impact that will determine elements of the years to come. Some days are glorious, full of excitement and adventure. And some days require a shift into mere survival mode, overwhelmed by the details and pressures inherent with this time. There’s no looking back. This is where life has become complex in a whole new way. This is where I feel old.
It’s a beautiful life, though. With the aging and complexity comes a new frontier, an opportunity for unimagined experiences. I have been blessed with a full and vibrant life, and wonderful company to share it with. These days are days I will remember. These are days we might fill with laughter until we break. And we’ll know how it was meant to be.