Today’s Featured Comment
It’s cheaper to hire someone who is younger. I’m expensive…and worth every penny. Plus I talk back, question authority and stand up for what I think is right. That kind of person can be a pain in the neck. A necessary pain in the neck, but a pain in the neck nonetheless.
You can become cynical or interested. It’s a choice that takes a certain level of consciousness. The gift of experience is that I can usually relate what’s new to something I already know and tweak it a bit. I also know where and how much of my energy to put in the latest bandwagon. It took me a long time to stop jumping on every bandwagon. I also know how to make things work for mystudents.
I have a very different experience about being an elder. I am respected and valued. When I’m not I know that it’s not personal, that it has everything to do with where the other person is that. I can resist it and create more negativity or I can accept it. I don’t need to be venerated or treated with a higher level of respect than anyone else is treated. This generation is very much about now and energy and being current with technology. They don’t much care what you did. They care what you do.
I do think that our generation is redefining what it means to age and it’s not about being young as much as it is about being actively engaged in the world. I love the new Toyota commercials for that reason. Why are we so insistent about being valued for our wisdom and our experience? That question, honestly just occurred to me.
[This comment was originally posted in this conversation. ~ Eds.]
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