I’m a terrible judge of age. It’s almost embarrassing sometimes. I might talk to someone thinking we’re the same age only to realize they’re 20 years younger than me. I remember talking to a new teacher and thinking that she must be married with kids. I was completely wrong. She turned out to be 25 years younger than me, single, and had no children. The ladies I played golf with were 10-15 years older than me, and I never really knew it. I could never do the job of the carnival worker who guesses people’s age.
I have always had friends that are older, younger, and the same age as me. It has never mattered because our relationships are based on similar interests, our lives, and our families. Throughout my life, I have tried to find people to connect with that stimulate my mind and help me grow as a parent, teacher, wife, and individual. So when looking for a friend, age is not something that is a prerequisite to the relationship. Age is just a side note that may or may not come with wisdom to be shared. We can learn a lot from our elders, but we can also learn from people of all ages too. I certainly learn a lot from people younger than me. Everyone has something to share, no matter their age. I love to learn from others.
What I have learned: I invite you to consider the prerequisites you require in your relationships. Age doesn’t matter. If we connect, then we are friends!
Tania Farran is an educator, mom, business owner, and an author. Her blogs tell about balancing all of these things in life! Laugh or cry with her and maybe learn a thing or two.