Michelle Delaney, SOUTH LAKE TABLET

(EDITORIAL) In a world fixated on youth and vitality, let’s think about a refreshing perspective on the value of age and the richness of experience that comes with age.

Society tends to marginalize older individuals. No matter how old the person, wisdom, compassion, integrity and a genuine desire to contribute to the greater good can provide a meaningful and positive impact on all.

Comments such as “he/she looks old, acts old, is old” are not only shallow but also betray a fundamental misunderstanding of the richness that comes with aging. Age should not be reduced to mere physical appearances or stereotypes.

We should embrace the wisdom that comes with living a long life. Intergenerational collaboration offers a wealth of opportunities for learning and growth, as each age group brings its unique perspective to the table. By fostering a culture of respect and appreciation for individuals of all ages, we can create a society that values the contributions of all generations.

It’s time to challenge the notion that youth is synonymous with vitality and success. Age should not be a barrier to participation or recognition; rather, it should be viewed as a badge of honor, signifying resilience, perseverance, and wisdom.

Let’s not marginalize the experience and knowledge of our elders, but instead, let’s recognize the immense value brought to our communities and society.

In the words of Mark Twain, “Age is an issue of the mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Let’s embrace age, recognizing that true value lies not in the number of years lived but in the depth of experience gained. Let’s cultivate a society where individuals of all ages are valued, respected, and celebrated for their unique contributions to the world.

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