Age ain’t nothin’ but a number. That’s how the saying goes, right? I was reading an article about age the other day and the writer asked what age meant to you. So, of course, it got me thinking. If you are looking at the literal point of view, you are aging each second that it takes you to read this article. We start aging the second we are born. We age with each moment that passes and every memory that is created.
As a writer (and a thinker. I also view myself as a thinker.), you see age in a totally different aspect. You view age through moments in time. You know those moments when your mind wanders and you’re seeing a time long ago. The images are a bit hazy but you can see it. You have that feeling of perfect calm come over you. Reality does come calling quite quickly. However, those few hazy images give you that push for the day.
Age takes us in different directions. The person you were at 10 years old is not that same person you are now. Your life has taken so many twists and turns that it ages you like a fine wine (this is an extremely cheesy comparison. And sorry about the cheesy part. Get it: cheese, wine. Again, the joys of motherhood ;).) Your life will inevitably change directions many times throughout the course of your life. You will always be you, though.
This topic actually reminds me of a short text that I’ve read with my students numerous times. It is called Eleven by Sandra Cisneros. Whoever reads this text gets a different meaning out of it. My favorite is this:
What they don’t understand about birthdays and what they never tell you is that when you’re eleven, you’re also ten, and nine, and eight, and seven, and six, and five, and four, and three, and two, and one. And when you wake up on your eleventh birthday you expect to feel eleven, but you don’t. You open your eyes and everything’s just like yesterday, only it’s today. And you don’t feel eleven at all. You feel like you’re still ten. And you are – underneath the year that makes you eleven.
This really is such a great description of age and how you feel on the inside. You may change from year to year but you are the same old you. All of the past you is still there, living in the crevices of your mind. This is age. It is the culmination of everything that has made you.
With age also comes the thought of how to make a mark on society. For me, that is being the best mommy in the world. I am giving my son a strong foundation so that he will one day leave an indelible mark on the world. One day, my mark will also include being an amazing educator. I have not forgotten that part of me. Being a mommy right now is the most important thing to me. However, shaping young minds is like nothing else. To me, that is age. Shaping young minds and giving my son the wings to soar high.