Age is defined by the length of time that an organism has lived. Today, I have lived for 27 years on earth since 1984. "Ageing in humans refers to a multidimensional process of physical, psychological, and social change." This means that we change throughout life in various ways. These ways unfortuantely may not always be pleasant. Someone once told me that if a child is good looking , he/she grows up to be not too good looking by time, and vice versa... Funny though because I have always been told that I "was" a good looking child, which brings up the question of: what about now, am I or am I not?
With age also, people assume that by growing older, one must be wiser. Well this I doubt very much. In our teens, we do things that we may regret for the rest of our lives, we take chances, we give little thought to consequences, and we believe that rules are made to be broken. After our 21st birthday, we are no longer excused for those silly mistakes we did in our teens, no matter how small or big they are. We are welcomed into adulthood and realise that we can only live the rest of our lives redeeming ourselves for whatever stupid things we have done in our past. But what if we did nothing in our teen, what happens after we are 21? Well, as pessimistic as that may sound, we are absorbed into a materialistic life, consumerism, pressured to succeed because failure is a disease that if infected, we would dissapoint.
Many people spoke of age....so I thought to celebrate- or not- my coming of 27 years of age, I should share the best quotes on the notion of age from those who we may consider have grown wiser, sillier or younger by time.
- Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are. Muhammad Ali
- Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen. Mark Twain
- No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating. Oscar Wilde
- We are always the same age inside. Gertrude Stein
- Old age is just a record of one's whole life. Muhammad Ali
- At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment. Benjamin Franklin
- A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age. William Shakespeare