Anti-wrinkle cream, botox, face lifts, etc.., etc.. All products that are part of a multi-billion dollar anti-aging industry. Scientists in laboratories around the world are hard at work trying to figure out how to stop the aging process. Perpetual youth is sought after.
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All that being said, I think God designed us to age. In my opinion, he never intended us to be young people all our lives. Why not? Why would he want people of all ages on this planet?
My theory is that he designed humans to need other humans, not be solitary creatures. He crafted us to be able to interact with one another and learn from each other. And to effectively teach another person, we humans must learn and experience things ourselves.
The aging process does exactly that. It teaches us so much. It forces us to learn that we can not just rely on our physical abilities alone, but must rely on our mental abilities as well. It forces us to face life-altering challenges head on.
The aging process drives us to seek purpose in our lives because we realize that the time that we have is finite. And I think it is largely as we age, that we understand that those individuals who are older than us really help us through this life if we let them. They have the first-hand knowledge to guide us through many situations.
I had the pleasure of reviewing a recently released book called The20Project which was compiled by Hilary Curry. I did receive a free copy of the book to review, but all my comments on the book are my honest opinions.
The book contains a collection of true life stories from 20 people from various walks of life along with their advice to young people approaching or at the 20 year-old mark in life to help them navigate the years to come. It is an honest portrayal of the successes and setbacks that these individuals who have already lived through the early and mid-20s (and for some a whole lot more) have faced.
Most importantly, the book is a passing of wisdom from one set of people to a younger set. The book is a great illustration of how knowledge that comes from experience can be transferred to others to help them on their life journeys.
I believe that this book is a great graduation gift for a high school or college student. The pages of The20Project
offer sage advice that can be referred to again and again. Also, profits from the book will be donated to Makomborero, which is a charity that helps to relieve poverty in Zimbabwe, Africa through education of children.
The20Project is a great example of a way that we can share knowledge between persons at different points in life. Whether we are 10, 20, 40, 60, 80, 100 or somewhere in between, I am glad we all share this planet.