Somewhere between moving forward and standing still

2015-11-29 22:53

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity (within the bounds of dignity.)

As I grow older I realize that learning lessons is a little like reaching postpubscence. You are not suddenly (more) happy, wealthy or powerful, but you understand the world around you much better and you are at peace with yourself. It is not about making your life perfect, but seeing it as it was meant to be.

We mature with the damage, not with the years.

I have read a lot about my generation - psychological profiles, sociologist musings, journalistic pity pieces of condescension. Unfortunately, I have not read much written about my generation by someone from my generation that was particularly incisive.

I hesitate in saying this because of a paradox we seem to exhibit: that as I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. Part of spiritual and emotional growth is recognizing that it is not like you are going to try to fix yourself and become a different person, but you become awakened.

I have closely watched the up-and-coming generation.

As much as I may come from a generation that is suggested to be dictating from the sidelines - the Peter Pan generation - it is fulfilling to see that we have risen to an open-minded sphere, regardless of how society drunkenly tends to view us as incompetent at a certain age. I have first hand experience when it comes to being told which level of intensity your motion of movement should be, how I was supposed to speak and being taught what to think; emphasizing on the being taught start out.

I reject any motion that my generation is afraid. Despite thinking it is fair to suggest that a generally mistrustful view of adulthood has become more common and for defensible reasons.

We are a diverse population that readily shares information, encourages experimentation, accepts failure and dispenses with formality and hierarchy. This is where the fear now stems from, it keeps the previous generations focused on the past and not trusting us to be the thought leaders we are. Things keep going wrong because millennials are thought to be incapable of bringing good to our society.

Twitter handle: @MercySechogela

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