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Age Is Not a Number but an Attitude

Many of my friends are younger than me, often by quite a bit. In fact, I’d rather spend time with people half my age, than my own demographic.

I don’t know what they think about hanging out with me, but I think it’s great to be around them.

Too many people my age have settled. They’ve accepted the status quo and are coasting the last half of their life toward nothingness, but they don’t even know it. How sad.

Many younger people, however, have a zest for living. Life is an adventure. They are learning, dreaming, growing—they are alive. And so am I, especially when I’m around them.

Yes, experience may have tempered my zest, but I’m still learning, dreaming, and growing. That’s life. The alternative is death. And I’m too young to think about that.

I Identify as Millennial

Once I was on a committee with people mostly my age and older. (For the record, they haven’t settled.) We discussed who to invite to join us.

Our leader makes an astute observation: “There are no Millennials on our committee.”

I’m offended. Wait, I am a Millennial!

Then I correct my silent words before embarrassing myself aloud. No, you’re not; you just think you are.

Ah, the joy of delusion.

Yes, I identify more with Gen-X and especially Millennials than I do the Baby Boomer I should be.

Though I do embrace absolution truth, I skew more towards the postmodern worldview of youth than I embrace the modern perspective people my age are supposed to hold.

Maybe I was born too soon. Or maybe I just have a young heart.

Either way, it doesn’t matter, because age isn’t a number; it’s an attitude.

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