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Age Is Of No Importance

...Unless You Are A Cheese

This is such a true statement, with a few other delicacies added to the menu…like wine.

Some would like to say that experience and age go hand in hand - but those of us with old souls, who've looked into the eyes of those who should have seen more and known more…about themselves, about others…about any and everything that somehow their years didn't bring them...we know better.

Some embrace age and the lines on their faces like some sort of battle scar that should be treasured…as if the memories would somehow fade with the lines they love to hate…and hate to love.

Wisdom is not a foregone conclusion of age, neither is foolishness that of youth. Experience comes in all forms and more life can be lived in a single hour than is sometimes lived in an entire year.

Age Doesn't Define You

I've always hated age and its ridiculously perceived ability to define us. Never once have I been the right age. First, I was too young - to know, to do, to understand, to be. Then I was too old - to do, or “still” be, or not know…or even still to know. There never seems to be a perfect age, because age is arbitrary. There is not some mysterious number that defines us - that defines who we are, what we feel, what we have a right to desire or ability to know and understand. The childlike exuberance dwells within the soul of a 90-year old woman, as she desires to dance and laugh and love and find beauty…and be found beautiful. Too much knowledge and understanding and contemplating can be found in the eyes of a 5-year old child who watches and sees things others don't. A man does not find wisdom at a certain age or lose his sense of wonder at another. Even when wonder is no longer seen, it is only because society has taught him to hide it, for it is not comely for a man of his years to harbor such foolish dreams.

Age is a number quote

Age is a number

Age is a number, nothing more. It cannot quantify life, for life is not lived in years, but in moments. And moments…well, they can take all or no time at all.

Be who you are. Do not let age define you. And please…stop trying to define age as well. For there is nothing that a number should look like either on a person's face or on person's soul.

What About You?

In what ways are you letting age define you? How have you overcome the outward expectations of age?


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Do Less So More Gets Done

Rework

Check out this great book, Rework, by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson. These are just some ideas from a small section of the book, but I’d have to say that some of my favorite ideas were represented in the following sections:

Rework book, by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
  • Decisions are progress - “The longer it takes to develop, the less likely it is to launch.”
  • Throw less at the problem - “So do less.” I love that sentence most, because it really says it all…simply.
  • You’re better off with a kick-a** half than a half-a**ed whole - “Cut your ambition in half.”
  • Get it out there - “If you had to launch your business in two weeks, what would you cut out? Funny how a question like that forces you to focus.”

I am a classic over-thinker. Given the time, there’s never enough time. I love the recognition that you make a decision and move forward with what you have. You can always add more later. My favorite quote, for this section is “You can’t build on top of ‘We’ll decide later,’ but you can build on top of ‘Done.’” Sometimes, it’s just making a decision to do less, so more gets done.

What About You?

Have you read Rework? What were your favorite parts? Do you have other great book suggestions for us?

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