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Life Is Simple – the Paradox of Youth & Aging

Pablo Picasso said, “It takes a very long time to be young.” This got me thinking about the early years of my life and where I am now. See if this insight is true for you.


When we were young, up until about age 10, life was simple. We had limited experiences, most of us hadn’t become too rigid, cynical, or battle weary from the trials, tribulations, ups and downs, or the joys and sorrows of life.


We then travel into life and experience school, work, relationships, financial responsibilities, success, failure, health challenges, and a wide range of other factors that seem to complicate our lives.


Confucius said, “Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated.” We live our lives in our heads—assessing the past, thinking about the future, and navigating through the present moment. We develop layers of thinking that, in many ways, complicate our life often producing worry, regret, fear, and stress.


The paradox, it seems to me, is that as we age, we have the ability to ponder Picasso’s words, go back to the freedom of our youth, and embrace the peace that comes from not having a past and not knowing what the future holds.


I hope that the older I get the more youthful I become. Youth doesn’t have to be wasted on the young.


Life really is simple when we allow ourselves the peace of living in the now. The complexity of replaying the past or worrying about the future is the source of our self-imposed complications.


Here’s to simple in a world that tells us otherwise.