To Age Gracefully, Never Stop Growing Up

Only the fully-baked adults become bitter, mean, and entitled

Barry Davret

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If you're over 30 years old, answer this question.

At what age did you stop growing up?

If a number comes to mind, consider yourself at risk. To see a picture of your future, go to a local coffee shop and sit down next to a pair of 50-somethings and eavesdrop on their conversation.

If they're the type who consider themselves fully grown up, they'll act entitled, bitter, and superior owing to their decades of accumulated wisdom. They'll complain about everything they don't understand, yearn for a time that no longer exists (and probably never did), and fret over the younger generation's quixotic ideas about the world and their place in it.

It's easy to interpret old-people-talk as the natural order of aging. We start as idealists, and little by little, after dealing with life's curveballs, oppressive mortgages, stubborn kids, soulless employers, and an ever-increasing number of health issues, we finally see the world as it exists.

Maybe.

What if all those adult problems have closed your mind to what's possible instead of opening your eyes to what's real?

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Barry Davret

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