This Post by Darrah
We as young children learn at a young age that age is power. At such a young age we want to grow up so bad in order to make grown up decisions. When our parents discipline us we resent them because we ourselves think that we are able to make our own righteous decisions. We don’t understand that the discipline our parents gave us, is and was, their form of caring for us and loving us, in wanting only the best for their offspring.
We don’t always understand that there is a reason that we must crawl first before we walk.
As an adolescent the feeling that age is power gets stronger and stronger, as we begin getting closer and closer to legally doing grown up things, such as; gambling, smoking, drinking, and having sex. It doesn’t dawn on us, that these adult-like actions all come with choices and consequences, especially, if not done in a controlled way.
Yeah at first it is cool, and the feeling of being grown up is so alive, but then things start to bucker down; we begin wishing we were young again. We begin wishing we could go back to our younger years and do it all over again, all over again, in a total different direction. We want to get the thought of ‘what if’, out of our minds.
We begin getting the true meaning of age is power. It is then, we begin listening—we start understanding the message from age.
As we grow older in years, we begin feeling the aging process take place within our bodies. We begin realizing we don’t move as fast, we like the fact that we can make more rational decisions, and when we look in the mirror we start seeing the changes taking place. Some of us, we embrace the thought, “With age comes beauty.” We believe that the older we get the more graceful we look, the more radiant, while others resent age for taking their youthful years. They feel ashamed for being old, they have this sense that being old is a bad thing.
Age comes in many phases that we all tend to experience. Having the knowledge and wisdom that comes with many years of life is one of the greatest rewards of age.
But, unfortunately, as we grow older, we rely more on our children, and our families to care for us. We begin understanding that age is a mirror image of life as time ticks away on a clock without a face. Some of us get depressed and upset, not being able to get around freely, or to live without assistance. Some of us just give up. Some of us fight for that last dying day, way passed more than 100 years.
When we listen, ALL of LIFE HAS MEANING, and the phases in age come with a message. The message wanting us to make sure we are all paying attention. The message brought by the phase of age is: “Live Life with the Best of Ability. Give it All you Got. Love One Another. Help One Another. Remember, we will ALL walk within the shoes of our much older parents ONE day.”
We need to remember this at a young age.
Darrah J. Perez is an Author/Poet from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Her first book IT NEVER HAPPENED, can be bought by clicking the link below.