I was watching TV and saw a commercial for a Nerf sword. "Ooh," I said. My friend who saw my reaction said,"How old are you?"
What does that matter?
The lead character of my book has defied age and experience. Part of moving up the military echelon requires the dueling of more experienced, higher ranking warriors. Being a tenderwing, a term used for a child or inexperience, the hero never let that get in his way. Not that he wasn't intimidated or ever scared. But his father taught him that whatever you think you are. Therefore, he never thought about his inexperience. He only focused on his skills.
In Eastern philosophy any change must start from the inside, in particular the mind. It's the mind that leads and the body must follow. Think about this. You're thirsty. Your mind commands your hand to pick up that beer. Then it commands your arm to bring that frosty drink to your mouth, etc.
So why is it when both men and women want to look younger do they start from the outside? Worse yet, they don't even go to the inside. Women tend to use more make up, wear their daughter's clothes. Men date younger women, drive expensive sport cars. None communicates youth but communicates, "I'M STILL YOUNG DAMMIT!"
My excitement of the Nerf sword was truly my excitement for a kid's toy. Inside I feel young as if I was still twelve. I love to play. I love fun. I wonder about our world and ask questions every day. Isn't that what kids do?
"Why is the sky blue?"
"Why does that fat man eat so much?"
"Where do babies come from?"
"Why were you praying to dad last night?"
At first I thought my immaturity was my rebelling against growing up. But the things I've accomplished in my life have required the maturity of an adult. I just go back to playing whenever I can. Most of nature is this way. Lions lounge around all day, except when it's time to hunt and eat. Dog's love to play ball, have their ears scratched, their bellies rubbed. Dolphins leap into the air cause it's fun. Why else would they do it? It doesn't serve any other purpose.
Every day take a moment to have a little fun, or a lot. It may serve a purpose, but definitely doesn't have to.
Have fun. Have the wonderment of children.