P: Pendulum of Age


P: Pendulum of Age

At 8 yrs of age, we can’t wait to be 10; there are two digits.
At 10 yrs of age, we can’t wait to be 13; officially a teenager.
At 13 yrs of age, we can’t wait to be 16; the age which we can drive.
At 16 yrs of age, we can’t wait to be 18; legally an adult, able to vote.
At 18 yrs of age, we can’t wait to be 21;
legally able to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages.
After 21 yrs of age, we forget our age.


There it goes, the pendulum swinging in one direction. Get older, get older, get older. We were never old enough. We always wanted that next birthday – then the next one. Just a little older. Just a few years more. We can’t wait. Hurry and get here. Hurry! Hurry!

And then…without warning…the pendulum swings in the other direction.

Now we have enough years. We want to go back. We want the numbers to start decreasing, not increasing. Wait! Slow down! Don’t go so fast.

It’s to no avail. The pendulum swings in the direction it’s going to. We have no say in the matter.

It’s funny though, how rare is the person that’s perfectly content with wherever they are on the spectrum of the pendulum swing.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy Nappa McCabe
    Apr 18, 2019 @ 11:51:56

    So true. We stopped using “and a half” by then, too!


  2. John Holton
    Apr 18, 2019 @ 21:54:18

    How true is that?

    John @ The Sound Of One Hand Typing


  3. Christie Hawkes
    Apr 18, 2019 @ 22:44:14

    I can honestly say I am happy where I am right now–if only time would slow down. I get a little nervous if I start thinking about how fast I got to this point and how fast the rest of my life will probably go. Better not to think like that, but just enjoy the present.


  4. trishafaye
    Jul 23, 2020 @ 23:32:27

    Reblogged this on Trisha Faye.


  5. Deb
    Jul 24, 2020 @ 00:02:25

    Well written!


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