Friday, 28 February 2014

Wisdom of the ages #ThePrompt

Seek the wisdom of the ages but look at the world through the eyes of a child.  
Ron Wild

My five year old is so sure of himself.  When he's knocked down, he gets up.  If he doesn't know, he learns.  If he makes a mistake, he knows not to make it again.  If he doesn't like something, whereever he is, he lets us know.  His world is small, and he is sure of the things he knows.

And when he reaches 18 his world will be much bigger and I'm sure, like the rest of us, he will think he knows it all.

18 is such a great age - life stretches ahead, you're invincible.  Everything you do, you body bounces back.  Your mind stays sharp regardless.

But as we age, the things we don't know become more apparent.  All the reasons why .. not just why things are what they are, but why people do what they do.  There never is a right way, or correct answer to life.  You realise, as I have come to, that at 18 you really didn't know anything.

And I wonder if the older generation know more, or just accept that they know even less.  When I'm 65 will I realise I knew nothing in my 30s too?

Is this what wisdom is?  The ability to know that you don't really know anything at all?  Maybe we should all try and capture being five again..

Linking up with mum turned mom for this The Prompt post.

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3 comments:

  1. So true! I tend to always think the same kind of thing about other people when they hit the 'big' ages, 20, 30, 40 - and start becoming depressed about their aging - I think, look at it this way, how will you feel about other people in their forties when you're 70? Also, age is just a number - sure we have more experiences to draw on, but why should we be defined by how other people have labelled one particular age - I wrote a post about this: http://andthenthefunbegan.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/the-meaning-of-life-ages-and-states-of-mind/ - and I love that quote "how old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?" - we should stop letting go of what we loved as children, young adults, whatever age it may be and carry it with us thoughout our lives - stop feeling ashamed for not being grown up enough. Makes me think of that great poem "when I am an old woman I shall wear purple" (http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/warning/) - Love it! #ThePrompt

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  2. Interesting take on this weeks prompt and I agree that when I was 18 I thought I knew everything and now at the age of 33 I look back and realise that I didn't really know very much at all! #ThePrompt

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  3. Very wise words, I think you're right, the older we get the more we realise we don't know! But perhaps that realisation allows us to start learning again? Thanks so much for linking to #ThePrompt xx

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