via Daily Prompt: Age
If you start thinking about the idea of “age”, it is a really strange costume. We count every year that we are alive.
Like a kid counting his presents, or a lost person counting the days he’s been missing.
We also celebrate every year. Yes, it is good to be thankful for another year of life, even if it hasn’t been a good one. But we also receive presents every year. Its like you are being rewarded for being a life for a year. Strange, huh?
Why is age so important? It guides us on living. Society has stablished what you should be spending your time on depending on your age. For example, if you are between 5 and 18, you should be at school; if you are already 25 you have to have a job. And if someone doesn’t follow that guide, then it is failing. Or at least that’s how we are used to see it.
Imagine everyone suddenly lost their memory. No one knows their age or what they usually do. Then how would thing be? For the ones that need learning, they should be on school or university. For the ones that think they already know everything that matters, they would go directly to work. My point is, if we didn’t know our own age, and society hadn’t stablished anything to guide us, how different would the world work? Yeah, it probably would be a mess, but, maybe it would be a happier mess?
Age matters because it gives us a path to follow, and it puts and order on life.
But still, it is weird that we get presents every 365 days just for being alive.
Let’s just say the the people we care about is so grateful for having us a whole year that they want to thank you with a present. That makes it less creepy.
Age is just a number after all. Its supposed to help you, but if it doesn’t, then you can just stop counting and life your life creating your own path.