When you are a teenager, you think you know everything.
When you are in your 20’s, you think you know something.
When you are in your 30’s you know nothing.
When you are in your 40’s, you don’t care.
When you are in your 50’s- ‘I’m sorry what was the question again?’
I used to think I knew everything. The older I get the less I know for certain. I wonder why this is?
I suppose in terms of our evolution, the younger humans might have needed the confidence that knowing it all brings to take risks and grow the tribe. The fiery warriors that are portrayed in cowboys and indians films are the ones who get into trouble ( and tend to be handsome – that’s Hollywood) but are the ones that go out and conquer and protect the tribe. This requires that ‘know it all ‘, fearless approach otherwise the tribe might not survive. The wise chief is the one that guides and curbs that energy.
The older you get, the more experience you have, which should mean you get wiser. But often older age can bring fear for some.
I’ve written before about the importance of doubt and uncertainty. So, there’s a choice here, fear and age with a quest for certainty and control or embracing the wisdom that comes with age and the power to grab what life has to offer however old you are.
The good news is that at whatever age you are, change is possible because the brain is plastic. We can continue to learn, relearn and change at whatever age- my oldest client was 89 and her life was shackled by chronic agoraphobia. I figure if you can change at this age, great things are possible!
What needs changing in your life?