No information about a person is complete, without the all important “age”, we all see it increase, we get to feel it sometimes, and of course sense, feel and as well perceive it. Its always a food for debate when it comes to age and thoughts, do thoughts change with age, does the ability to think change too?, does the angle of thought change, or thoughts have nothing to do with age.
I have seen myself age in last 26 years, and for more than 20 years of it I am able to comprehend and realistically analyze the way I have changed over years. I do agree that compared to a 10 year old me, my thoughts have changed a lot, but subtle is the change in past few years. Lets take 18th year onwards, I always feel there has been not much change in my thoughts, nor in my ability to think, though my perception about things have changed a way bit, my thinking ability hasn’t changed much at all. Is it good or bad, I have no clue.
We all associate a particular level of intellectual ability with a certain age, in most of the cases, we do know how much a person is capable at a certain age, but is it really correct, is it good to expect some level of thoughts from a individual?, teenagers are assumed to to be erratic and emotional, young adults are assumed to be wordily and mistake prone, late twenties is when people are supposed to grow up and transform into adults. Is it really correct to generalize these stuff?.
I have not interacted much with the younger generation, because I happened to be the youngest in group of my cousins, and not much interaction with juniors in school/college, not with juniors at work. I always wonder if there are people younger to me who think like me, they do look up to us, or do they look down upon us, what about their thoughts, do they really thin about stuff?, do they want to discuss things, and so on. And what they chose to do, is it because of their age?, I want to believe intellect has no relation with body age.
Unfortunately I am being proven wrong by none other than myself. Recently in more than one occasion, I have been coming across as an “kid” or an immature individual, one who is naive, one who hasn’t seen the real world, so at 26 don’t we assume we are matured more than this?. I Really am not blaming people who thought so, but just makes a little confused as to where do these maturity levels come from and compared to whom I sound immature.
One thing I have observed is, with people in not more than +/- 2 years difference in age with me, I feel we all think alike, our aspirations are similar, and given a situation, its highly probable that we react in same way. This is totally against my belief as to age has nothing to do with how we react. Given a problem, or for that matter just a topic, the way we come up with arguments too is almost same in the age group. I might be totally wrong in my analysis here, because people I am talking about are some who are almost people with my own taste and who do have similar opinions. Now is it the age or a bad sample of people I am not sure, one thing is sure, they do think and react very much similar to me.
As I move on to a slightly wider group, people who are older or younger to me by 4 or more years. Contrary to my expectation, I can spot more considerable levels of difference in thoughts, confidence, views, opinions. so what has changed so considerably in 4 years. how come they differ so much. May be the main difference is the stage of life they are in, most of them who are 4 years older to me are married, also most of them are with a kid too, so obvious that the way they look at life is different, and the patience level too. But does stage in life has so much effect on one’s intellect? really surprising.
I wanted to try and leave experience out of this, and try and take a topic which none of the age groups had experienced before, and may be take an opinion, and see if age does really matter, with all things that age has proven wrong, I still believe taking experience out, most of us might think differently, with no bearing on age.
So that totally changes the course of this post, so its not age which makes me immature, nor growth, it might be just lack of experience in certain areas, may be knowledge really lacks the power in absence of experience.
what say you guys?