It is a word that my friends and I toss around.
It describes the feeling we have when the world passes us by.
Sometimes we feel the discard.
In a medical setting.
In the bank.
In the business world.
We are defined and limited by age. Not by who we are. Not by our experiences. Not by our lives.
The model is the older woman. The older man.
There is no deviation from the norm. Not even + or – a few percentage points.
No, the world has neither time nor use for our view points.
We often wish that our society valued all generations regardless of age.
Rather than feeling like a relic or a burden, our elders would be valued for their wisdom and experience. We would treasure our young for their enthusiasm, their questioning of the status quo and their promises of new adventures and discoveries.
Just a sign in a small grocery store.*
It made me smile. It underscored that all of us are needed. All people have value.
The world needs more you and me in it.
Believe it. Live it.
*As always, thanks to Zupan Markets for having cool signs in their grocery stores.