By: Daniel Otero
Thinking on youth and as the old saying would goes, “Out with the old and in with the new!”
Sadly, these resonate in memory, comments like “Those old people should retire and let the young do their jobs!”
Once listening to these comments, one feels today in these words and acknowledging them, just a sense of regret! Since I was one of many whom stated them…
Because for today, as I grown older and matured with time, I am more than ever falling in love with my jobs! And like many around the world would never want to retire while still enjoying work!
And today, more than ever in our narcissist world—the younger do believe in pushing out the older back or out! Wisdom and experience are often traded for ‘selfies’, idiots and good looks! Common sense is often pushed out the door.
Middle and elderly are energetic and more alive than ever, active in their lifestyles. Experience gives the tools to deal with crisis. The latter come with age, dealing with stress and learning how to treat people better. You learn a lot from, “It’s better to give a little bit honey than a lot of vinegar!”
Relationships are better [or are supposed to be] dealt with as we advance in age. And in love, older people can be nurturing in talking and giving advice.
A proven scientific fact, most people over 40 achieve sufficient maturity, social status, emotional stability and the economical success they have often worked so hard for.
When older people work with the young generation, there is an exchange of knowledge. New ideas are exchanged brilliantly. Gaining knowledge from the older generation and listening to their great stories full of experience come with life’s growth. Younger people can absorb their wisdom, learn from their mistakes and the methods they teach on how to do things better.
Then learning those above, younger people will still do their own mistakes and hopefully not repeat the middle or elders’ mistakes.
The older generation taught and made me feel the importance of appreciating life. Thinking always that the generation before us had it harder than we did!
Feeling in truth that ’60 is the new 40’, as 40 is the new 25 (Bourke, 2015).
Many things have changed in these past 25 years. People are living longer, our society is more multicultural than ever, there are bigger age gaps in romantic relationships and many are having longer careers. And thinking objectively, isn’t this better for the economy? When people have a full and happy life…
When you can do a job well, with competence and love it, why retire?
It’s estimated that those who retire are dead within five years. A great thing that gives us the ‘injection’ of hope is having a job we like. Work keeps us youthful and wanted/needed; while in the meantime working around younger people.
Work is life and life is work. Furthermore, it is to enjoy life’s pleasures and cherished moments are to do what one loves. For the ‘middle and elderly young’ have found a new ‘fountain of youth’! Working with love, passion, teach the young and also, accept new ideas/suggestions from the youth. This is something to live by and what better world it can be for the 40 to 60 something-younger and above. Now, let’s work to allow more experienced people teach their knowledge, trade and wisdom inside the workplace.
‘Use me for what I’m [only] good for…’ This discriminatory/stereotypical and even sexist point of view can only be sustained when older people, gender, ethnicity or youth wise are rejected from the work environment. Feeling undervalued is not what we are here for! We are here for more, to teach the younger generation to appreciate their elders. Their collection of knowledge is like the ‘museum of life’!