So I’ve always heard that wisdom comes with age and experience. The experience I fully understand. But age doesn’t necessarily imply wisdom does it. At 48 I feel even less wise than I did when I was 28. Granted I was a smartass as 28. Now I’m just a dumbass. But that’s beside the point.
If with age comes experience is true, then is it true that with experience comes age? I’m just old enough to have reached the age where reason and logic, have turned into ‘why did you do that?’ By that I mean I’m tired of searching for answers. Just tell me how to use the remote to set the timer with my Alexa and I will do it until tomorrow, when I forget how and ask you to help me figure out how to do it all over again.
No. Clueless young people very often age into clueless old people. However, I have met a lot of old people who think that they are wise just because they are old. It does not work that way.
And wisdom is not a given in tandem with experience. People do not always learn from their mistakes/experiences. The old sexist, racist, homophobic person has lived a lifetime of "experience" and yet, has learned nothing.
Wisdom comes with experience.
Experience is achieved (usually) due to poor judgment . I had a very misspent youth full of very poor decisions (would not trade for world).
I'm now a relatively wise woman who tends to ignore that built in, internal, early warning system...usually when it says "you shouldn't say that".
It's a common belief that it does, same goes for instant respect for your elders. But I have always critiqued these notions. No one should automatically deserve respect because of their age. Met plenty of older folks who weren't the sharpest tool in the shed, and plenty of younger folks that also fit this assessment. Also met plenty of younger folks that can easily outwit plenty of older folks and vice versa. I don't respect my racist uncle, for instance. Older folks probably do, however, have more experience in things overall, but this doesn't mean younger folks cannot have some.