Carpe Diem

I may have spent only twenty years alive, but you have spent only half your life living.

People frequently comment on how young I am. Ironically, I feel much older than most of the people who have remarked about my age. The above quote goes through my head whenever I speak with someone who makes this observation while showing little maturity of their own.

3 replies on “Carpe Diem”

  1. Well, in all fairness, considering how little sleep you take, you may have been awake almost twice the amount of most persons your age. But why compare?

  2. Don’t pretend to be so altruistic. You compare, too. I’ve heard you do it. And for the record, I don’t compare when I’m actually in a conversation with someone who is as mature (or more so) than I am, and those are the people I spend 90% of my time with. Why would I, when we’re actually having an interesting conversation?

  3. Seems that anything I say, be it respectful as well, is taken as criticism. I must learn from that. Truth is my comment about comparing was not intended to be critical. It was a (poor, maybe) verbal wink of sorts. Now, just so that you get my perspective (if you want you can use it) – what I get from the “you are young” comment is that people actually are surprized at your maturity, as if saying: ” you are indeed more mature than your age…” – I would take that a compliment. That is my first impression. As for making comparisons, of course I do, it’s hard not to, almost inevitable, and while I don’t think that not making comparisons has anything to do with altruism, my own little comment there: “but why compare” was directed towards the previous sentence I WROTE. Interestingly, if you check all my comments, as well as your replies you will see that while I am careful to be respectful, you have responded as if attacked. As I said – I need to learn from that. Maybe you may discover a thing or two as well about yourself. After all, YOU KNOW so well how non-judgemental and accepting I am of you, how unconditional my love and commitment to you is, and how deep MY bonds to you go – so I invite you to consider that every time you feel as if I attack you. This may have been over-reaction on my part, but for the sake of clarity, I wanted to unload this bit.

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