Youth

YA long time ago back when Looney Tunes dominated the Saturday morning television airways, and before cable television was a thing, I sat watching a cartoon. Now, whether or not it was a Looney Tunes or Merrie Melodies, I forget.  But what I do remember was that there were some ne’er-do-well whippersnappers causing a ruckus and an older… chicken if I remember correctly. And the chicken lamented: “Youth is wasted on the young!”

For some reason, I’ve always remembered that saying coming from that cartoon. Though I don’t remember the circumstances. I just remember him waving his arms in a dismissive manner and saying that… Youth is wasted on the young! This, of course, being before the time of the internet, I totally didn’t know that this was a saying attributed to George Bernard Shaw, or that it was a popular saying for its time. I just thought it was pretty profound for a cartoon (but Merrie Melodies often tried to be profound in disguise).

old age lookYoung people in general often think that they are immortal and that age will never happen to them. Aside from those who are either directly touched by death, or those who are obsessed with death, young people tend to have an abstract idea of death and dying… and a vague idea of “growing old.” Even those young people who have older people close to them tend to think that they will never get “that old.”  Just as I’ve seen quite a few older people postulate that they were never “like that” when they were younger, when they were… they totally were. They’ve either forgotten, or they’re lying. Or they just don’t want to admit it to themselves.

I was much the same as a young person, I had this conceptual idea of ‘getting older’ and this kind of rough notion of when it would happen to me. I mean, logically I knew that time moved on in a very linear manner, but my mind didn’t really want to grasp the concept of how that march of time would take me with it.  Even now that I’m in my early 50’s I don’t really think that in 10 years I’ll be in my 60’s, in 20 I’ll be in my 70’s and so on. That could be an effect of living in the Now, or it could have been the folly of youth.  Maybe living in the Now is what keeps my mind young. I dunno. ^_^

body knows betterAnyway, I totally had a direction for this blog post, but I got distracted, and now I can’t remember what it was I was going to write. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Blame Doug, he brought me cheesecake. Cheesecake is distracting. Ha! Mostly the rest of this was gonna be a ramble about how my mind and body have never quite been in sync when it comes to age and aging. Some people considered me wise for my years as a younger person.  Silly people.. hehehehe. I’ve never been wise. And now I’m often told that I’m a “young” thinker. Whatever that means.  I guess that I’m flexible when it comes to new ideas. I’m cool with that. I’d hate to be old and crabby… though I’ll probably become old and crabby eventually. I mean age does catch up to us all in the end. ^_^ Right? Until then, I’ll be stuck with a 20 year old mind and an 80 year old body while my chronological age is somewhere in between. Ha!  Story of my life. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I, personally, would rather shuffle through life young at heart (if nowhere else) than not be here at all.

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7 thoughts on “Youth

  1. Cheesecake. Ah. No one can remain focused in the face of cheesecake.

    Youth is wasted on the young — but really, it isn’t. I’ve actually thought about this a lot. I’m not sure that the sense of immortality of young people is a bad thing. It’s good to be young, strong, and ready to try anything because you feel like you own the world. You’ll find out soon enough it isn’t true.

    If you gave youth to the old, it wouldn’t BE youth. It would be “healthy old age.” Which is entirely different.

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  2. Ugh. Healthy old age. Yesterday I was privileged to have lunch with my ninety eight year old aunt. Healthy (for her age) as a horse, but sadly a warm wind where her mind used to reside. She proves it … youth (health) wasted on the young? Nope. They have the energy to enjoy youth (health). Appreciate it? Not so much, but as you point out, Marilyn, they’ll learn soon enough.

    Thanks Willow for the trot down memory lane…I too was mesmerized by Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes, cartoons that my siblings and I could watch without disagreeing on content or it being too “sissy” (them) or too violent (me)..although violence wasn’t all that apparent back then. Subliminal? Oh yep. Wiley Coyote? Total violence, but funny. We also watched Fat Albert (that one, I’m thinking, would not make it past the censors today…not because of the color of the kids in the cartoon, but because of the word “fat”. Nobody can be “fat” any more…vertically challenged perhaps or ‘large’ but fat? OMG no. Tom and Jerry made the occasional appearance, but mostly the top two. Good times. Thanks for the reminder!

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    • Yeah, cartoons were originally made to keep adults entertained before and between movie reels, long before they were created for kids to watch on Saturday mornings. It wasn’t until television that they stumbled upon the idea of early morning cartoons to keep the kiddies busy while mom and dad slept. Then they just slapped ’em all together and called it a day. They still put a lot of double entendres in the cartoons because… who knows? Perverse sense of humor I guess. Now they’ve all been watered down for little kids’ eyes only.

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  3. Believe it or not, my original intent was going to go where y’all are taking it in the comments… but I lost the thread of my thoughts (cheesecake!) and just couldn’t remember what I was gonna say. Youth isn’t wasted on the young per se, but man I’d sure like to have some of that youthful energy back now that I’m old enough to appreciate it. Ha!

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  4. That’s some solid truths there.

    You know what else freaks me out? There are all these depictions of grandparents, drawn looking old and wrinkled and whatnot. I keep meeting people in their fifties, people who are grandparents, and they look nothing like that. (It’s not plastic surgery.) At what age do people start looking old?

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    • Sorry for taking so long to answer! Your post was redirected to spam for some reason so I didn’t see it. To answer your question, it totally depends on the person! Human skin starts to lose its elasticity around age 40, and that’s when we start getting wrinkles, lines, etc… 50 year old grandparents used to look older than they do now because life was harder back in the day. Nowadays life in general is easier in the developed countries (humans typically aren’t doing general labor to survive), so we don’t show our age as quickly. I’m 52 and look way younger than my grandma did at this age.

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