Friday, April 29, 2016

Y - Young at Heart

This post is a part of the A to Z Challenge. This year I have decided to go themeless. Each day I will post about whatever topic pops into my head. The result of this spontaneity is anyone's guess. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

Young at heart. It's a goal for most of us that are over 30 or so. As we grow older, we begin to rebel against time. Unfortunately, too many these days take it too far and begin to act childish. There is a big difference between the two. Being young at heart should drive us to have passion for life and vigor and energy for the challenges ahead. It should not be an excuse for acting like a clueless teenager when we have the life experience to know better.

I enjoy spending time with my children and playing games with them. I like to do silly things that make them laugh. These are part of being young at heart. I try very hard to avoid complaining when things don't go my way or pouting about the unfairness of it all. That is an immature at heart attitude that has become too prevalent today. We must all fight against the "me" attitude that we are supposed to grow out of as we mature. It seems that society has pushed against allowing children to mature into proper adults. They are kept unnaturally young as if that were a good thing. I think this comes from a misunderstanding of today's theme. As fully functioning adults, young should never mean immature.

It's OK to enjoy going to the zoo, or spending some time on the swings at the park with your significant other, or just listening to a good song and butt-dancing in your seat while you drive. These can all be aspects of being young at heart. But when the time comes to be responsible, a functioning addition to society, making your world a better place by being a part of it, you owe it to yourself and everyone around you to be the adult and get the job done. Young at heart, but emotionally stable. That's a worthy goal.