Our age often affect our behaviour. While age is just a number for some of us, many of us wants to stay in control of our age; some of us wants to get younger than we currently are, some wants to get older before time and some of us wants to seize our age. But why does our age even matter?
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Humans are social beings. As a result of this, the opinion of others matter to many of us. Sadly, some people do not even have their own opinion; their opinions are a copy of the opinion(s) of others. Many of us crave for acceptance and therefore, we behave according to the opinions of the general masses. We’re treated differently by different people on different occasions. Many-a-times, how people treat us is dependent on our age.
The best example of this are school going children. Even if a child is just a year older than the other, he/she would always think that he/she is better than the other as he/she is older than him/her. He/she would find even the ones who are just a year younger than him/her to be far younger than him/her and the ones who are 2-3 years older than him/her would seem to him/her to be just as old as he/she is.
The ones who are 16-17 years old often wish to grow up as soon as possible. That’s so because that’s the time when they’re at times treated like kids and are at times expected to behave like adults. When some treats them like adults are been treated, they behave accordingly. Thus, when they’re been treated as if they’re kids, they wish to grow up faster than they can.
A stereotype is attached to every age group. A 21 years old individual would find a 19 years old to be far younger than him/her but a 23 years old would feel like the 21 years old is just as old as he/she is. That’s so because the 21 years old feels that he/she is in the age group of those who are in their 20s and thus, to him/her, a 19 years old appear far younger than he/she is. But a 23 years old individual would think that he/she is in the same age group that the 21 years old is a part of and thus, he/she treats him/her as if they’re of the same age.
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Often, young entrepreneurs find it difficult to deal with those over 30. They complain of not being taken seriously by those who are over 30 years of age. The ones over 30 years of age often treat young entrepreneurs as if they (the young entrepreneurs) are incapable. The quality of being wise is often considered to be limited to the ones who are over 30. Thus, the young entrepreneurs are considered unwise regardless of their capabilities.
If a person would’ve to decide who, out of two individuals, is physically fitter than the other without looking at their appearance but on the basis of their age, the person would assume that the one who’s the youngest is the one who’s physically fitter than the other. I know people who have more stamina than the ones who are decades younger than them; they can run more than many who are decades younger than them and they can lift more weight than many who are decades younger than them. There are people who look more attractive than those who are decades younger than them. I know people who are old and yet full of youth. I know people who are young yet not free spirited!
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Often, the ones who are over 45 years of age are considered orthodox. They’re been laughed upon when they express the desire to play sports or try rides of an amusement park. The dreams of those in their late teenage are often considered immature. The opinions of the young adults are often labelled to be unwise and thus unimportant. The ones over 25 years of age are considered married. If they’re not married, the Indian society laughs upon them.
Many-a-times these stereotypes prove to be correct. Though the quality of being wise is not limited to those over 30, failures are good teachers. Thus, many become wise in their late 20s. But that does not mean that all below 30 are unwise; some of them are and some of them aren’t. Not all over 30 are wise; some of them are and some of them aren’t. I know people who are better at certain things than I am despite being younger than me. I also know people who are not good at certain things if compared to me even though they’re older than me. I know people who are more physically fit than I am despite being decades older than me.
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Skills and knowledge are not dependent on one’s age. Capabilities do not rely on the number of days one has spent on planet Earth.
Moral of the story:
- None knows everything and none is good at everything.
- There’s something to learn from everyone and everything.
Stop judging people on the basis of their age. After all, age is just a number!