The entire time I was in my 20's and 30's all I heard was how much wiser I would be when I was older. This thought always made me wonder... would I suddenly find great wisdom? Would I make wiser choices... Surround myself with others that also had acquired such great knowledge and learn from them? How would this happen? Would I condense all the knowledge being bestowed upon me by those who had loved and learned as I traveled through life's trials and tribulations... ( That was me trying to be wise! That is as good as it gets, by the way.) Would I learn from my mistakes? If that's the case would I eventually stop making so many mistakes of my own and become wise?
Take risks! Be cautious! Don't blink! Follow your heart! Live and Learn! Seriously, all the advice seems so contradictory. As I have settled into my late 40's (settled-kicking and screaming mixed with denial, by the way!) I have learned that I do not know more now than I did in my earlier years. What I do have is more questions. I have more ambitions and dreams. Granted they are much different than they used to be; still there are not fewer in number. Mistakes and doubt still fuel my mind. Where is this land of wisdom?
I have come upon one piece of knowledge. Just one really. It is not age that makes the difference: it is the person. Regardless if you are a 20 something, a 40 something, or headed into your late 60's, it is that desire that burns inside of you that makes your life amazing. Some of us never learn from our mistakes. Some of us lean to be too cautious and limit our possibilities. While some of us fall into a realization that wisdom is not something you acquire with age. Instead it is something that happens without noticing it. The more challenges we accept, the more people we meet, and the farther we travel, the wiser we become. Knowledge isn't a destination it is the journey.