I wasn't too surprised that my co-hosts balked at the topic of aging. We've talked in previous podcast episodes about how we feel about it. But, as I've mentioned before in these blogs, I thoroughly enjoy making them uncomfortable.
I think that most of us can agree that ageism sucks. Just like we shouldn't make broad assumptions about someone based on their race, gender, or sexual orientation or identity, we should also not make broad assumptions about people based on their age. We should focus on the knowledge and experience that an older person brings to the table rather than assuming they are crotchety, stuck in their ways, or boring. I know old people who are hipper than me. And if you have learned anything about me from listening to this podcast, it's that I am super hip.
But getting older doesn't have to suck. Sure, I hate that I probably need readers and that my knees hurt every time I crouch, kneel, or pretty much move at all. But I also feel like I have a better understanding of the world, people, and my own bowel movements. So there are positives. I think back to 25 year old Kevin and while I was much better at staying out until 4am boozing I was much worse at almost everything else. I was immature, like most 25 year olds, and it showed. I think back to some of the things I said and did back then and I cringe. How could Kevin, a true man of the people and champion of knowledge, be that dumb? It's a mystery. But we also can't beat ourselves up for things like that. Everyone grows up. We have to forgive ourselves, like we have to forgive those around us. We were all young and dumb once.