The Age Issue

The ageing process of a human being starts from the moment they are born and not when they turn 30 or 40 or 50 and so on.

Ageing is a natural process that is happening to every person on our planet, no matter where they were born or where they live, how thin or fat they are, how educated or uneducated they are and certainly it doesn´t matter how much money or power a person has, they will also age.

For me personally age has never been an issue because I seem to have an inability to see someone´s approximate age . Of course I can see the difference between a child, a teenager and an adult. But it stops there. Once someone is fully grown I can no longer “see” how old they could be.

When I first meet a person I kind of see that they are young or old, but after a little bit I stop seeing age or colour or anything else and start seeing the person. Once I see the person I see nothing else.

Today I would really like to shout out loud: see the person not the age!

It has bothered me for a very long time that people over the age of 40 find it almost impossible to get a new job. Employers tend to hire young people because they can pay them less money or so that their copany´s  staff list looks attractive!

In my case I would much rather hire a mixture of ages. Those with experience in the job and in life. And young people too, to bring a completely different way of seeing things. Experience and knowledge sees things in one clear solid way, inexperience and youth can complement taking risks with new products or advertising campaigns, or branching out into new areas of business.

A combination of the 2 brings perfect balance for business growth, a lively working environment and a powerful team.

I experienced it myself in my last business where my employees age range went from 18 to 60 years old. We were a very successful team that had a lot of fun and laughter together. We supported each other and picked up where one of us couldn´t keep going or lacked the knowledge.

But I also once lived in a country where younger persons never mixed with people outside their age circle. I had a friend once who at age 24 had never held a baby in her arms nor spent any time in the company of anyone over the age of 50, her grandparents had passed away when she was a child.

Having travelled and lived in a few countries, I have encountered different attitudes to age and the aging process. From the very horrible attitude that old people have no place in our world any more to the one in my culture, where old people are respected and valued and treated as teachers of the younger generations, wisdom givers and time givers.

I found that as I was growing up (or ageing) I spent a lot of time with older people, in fact my best friends were always older or much older than me.  I was and I still am, full of respect and admiration for people who are older than me. Respecting people who are older than myself it one of the things that my parents taught me from an early age and I shall be for ever thankful for it.

As I grew up I started to develop a huge amount of patience with elderly people and to have fun with them, in their company. Contrary to what some people believe elderly people haven´t stopped having feelings or emotions or fun. Elderly people haven´t stopped having dreams or goals that they still want to achieve in their lives.

Elderly people also fall in love. Yes, they do! and there are also elderly people who get married at 70!

They also have fun together or with younger people, and they get away with doing things that nobody would believe that they did it because of the whole pre conceived ideas about elderly people.

In one of the places I worked I observed an elderly lady pressing every single button on the elevator!!! She turned around and had a look on my face that I have only seen in children who know they have done mischief! When she saw me, she smiled sweetly at me and I bit my bottom lip as the elevator stopped on every floor!

Living in Germany I have met some incredible older people. I met a couple that at age 77 and 72, ride their bicycles for 16 kilometers every Sunday to go to church and back home. They rarely use their car and choose to ride their bikes no matter where they go.

I also met someone who at the age of 70 received a new honours degree having made the decision a few years before to go back to university and study.

And have you heard of the amazing 83-year-old fashion model who looks incredible? China Machado.

Well, I personally refuse to spend the rest of my life being an age!

What about you? Do you allow age to limit your expectations, dreams and goals in life? It is never too late to pursue those dreams.

Resolve to start today to find a way to get that degree you always wanted, or learn to drive a motorbike or go walk the wall of China. Achieve your ideal weight, choose a completely new style for yourself and transform your life into the life you always wanted.

Make a list of all those things you always wanted to do and have not yet achieved. Do your research into how to achieve it, take your time, plan carefully how you can do it and then … Go for it!!!

Mohammed and Beatriz

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