Friday Two Cents: Youth Has No Age


You know that day once a year you get to sleep in late, eat cake and people cheer and say, “Happy Birthday!”  Well this year I don’t have that, well sort of.  You see my birthday comes once every four years.  I am a leap year baby. Mind you in my family we celebrate my birthday on another day, because the government changed my dates to make it easier.  Bureaucrats. So in reality I am as old as the students I work with.  Many of my colleagues would say that would explain a lot.  

Yet one thing many people kept asking me was how old am I really?  I would tell them my leap year age but everyone said, “No what is your real age?”  I found this very interesting.  You see growing up I never really cared about my age. Maybe its because in my family we don’t talk about how old you are, some European superstitions I think.  I found that the number never truly mattered but how old you feel.  In truth I feel younger than I am and to be honest I thing that many people use their age to hold themselves back from doing things.

However, I still have people insisting on asking me for a number, a label.  I refuse to be labeled.  From people looking at me as a “male” teacher working with students to moments when people say, “You’re an artist? But you play and love sports?”  How many of you have heard, “Oh act your age.”  What does that mean and why should I?  I have seen people who were in their 20s acting like they were seniors and seniors acting like they were in their 20s.  So who is right?  Is it perhaps our society’s obsession with “youth” that is at heart here? Or is it all a state of mind?

 Youth: definitions; (1) the period between childhood and adult age; (2) the state or quality of being young, especially as associated with vigour, freshness, or immaturity.

I like that, ‘the state or quality of being’.  It is so true.  I have read many papers about how powerful the mind is when it comes to our state of being. We can literally think ourselves sick or tired if we think or say that we are sick or tired.  Perhaps that is a big reason why I never say my age. When people ask I usually say, “I feel like I’m such and such”. I don’t want to limit myself to a number or a perception of what that age represents.  Pablo Picasso once said …

‘Youth has no age.’ Pablo Picasso

Wondrous Possibilites

Therefore, on February 28that 23:59:59, when it was about to turn into March 1stat 00:00:00, I took that moment to celebrate.  For in that moment, the world stood still and my thoughts explored the wondrous possibilities and endless joys, in that which I call; My Life.

Take your own moment, be amazed and keep this quote in the back of your mind …

‘Age does not matter, unless you are a bottle of wine’.  Paul Gauchi

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Friday Two Cents: Acting My Age And Having A Blast


 

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This past week I had my birthday. Unlike many people I celebrate my birthday once every four years. Yes I am a Leap Year baby or Leaper. I mentioned in last weeks post that I was not that excited about my birthday this year. Not because I am getting older or that I am feeling melancholy, it’s just that I wanted to do something low-key, private. I guess that I believe that everyday is a celebration, to live every moment. Yet I have come to understand that these celebrations are for other people to have some fun. It’s like an excuse to be a little silly and make others laugh and just have some fun.

So on February 29, 2016 I had my birthday and I embraced the birthday salutations others gave me and I had some fun with it too. The students in a couple of classes gave me birthday cards that they made and I joked to them saying that I was the biggest kid in the school. Teachers and parents wished me a happy birthday and I joked saying that I am as old as the kids and that probably explains my behaviour, most of the time. I also went around the schoolyard playing with the students and tapping on the kindergarten windows to bother the kindergarteners. Just like some of the older children do. I even participated in some Jedi vs. Sith foam noodle battles with the students. Of course I was a Sith Master (I had red noodles) and I won every battle. I told the students to call me Darth Paul.

Thinking about that day, I acted my age. I ran around teasing people making jokes and playing with other kids and it was a lot of fun. Maybe every adult should do this once in a while. You know, get in touch with their inner child and let loose. I have the advantage because I am a teacher and I work with children all the time. But just like that day I think we all need a day to set aside the responsibilities of being an adult and just be a kid. Take it from my experience; you’ll have a blast.

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The Kindergarten classes made my wonderful birthday cards.

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Jedi vs. Sith foam noodle battles.

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