prompt 166 what’s it like to be your age?
What’s it like to be your age?
We are each unique in age (and place). The others of us, we don’t really know, what it means to be a certain age in this time and place we all inhabit now. Only you can inform of us your experience.
Think to the events both large and small that have had impact upon your life from youth and on. What has changed, and you were there for that transition. Did you walk on the moon? Or watch it live on TV? Remember before and after there was a polio vaccine? Was there a time before computers in your life? Remember no remote controls, and you had to get out of your chair to change the channel? Radio, no TV? (Am I giving too much away personally?) These are big obvious external realities. But dig a little deeper too. Look for the small colorations that yet inhabit how you think and even perceive your world.
Take a broad look and consider what you’d like to say that tells us “others” how it was and is for you. Not so much a history review, but how that history lives inside your skin. Make it as thoughtful or emotional as you wish. Do you step spryly or favor a weaker leg? Aches and pains? Do you face a crisis more calmly now from experience? How’s your “balance”, either physically or emotionally?
Direct your focus however you wish. Need not be an essay, maybe just relate through a few images or attitudes. All your choice. They say the young don’t appreciate the older generations, as well the older don’t understand the young. Here’s your chance to make a bridge. Imagine you’re listening from the outside. What would you want to ask of yourself?
Write down some notes, your history that has meaning for you, your attributes, thoughts, feelings, a painting in words if you wish. Then toss it out and write what sticks in your mind to say. Whatever you get, that will be just fine.
Sometimes the smallest moments tell the most.
What can we learn from your life experience?