Pureness of the Life Experience is also probably why they do things like Skip and do Cartwheels or wear ridiculous Sunglasses and show off discolored tongues after eating something Colorful... and usually don't once they get to a certain 'Age'. An Age where things like that suddenly Cease or aren't so Spontaneous and the Observations are replaced by taking things for granted that used to create complete Wonder and Awe. Growing Old and maybe even starting to "Act Old"?!? Growing Up is Optional you know!
I personally always want to keep my sense of Wonder and Awe about the World around me and look forward to having Fun... and though I never mastered the Cartwheel, even as a Child, I have always Enjoyed a good Skip and leading a Colorful Life. You can't Feel anything but Joy when you Skip, it's such Carefree Movement... and a Colorful Life is never, ever boring or Neutral!!! *Winks*
"Being too Serious ALL the time."
"Not trying anything new or Exciting."
"Being too stuck in the Past."
"Only having Old People Friends."
"Not at least Appreciating or even Aware of what's On-Trend now."
"Not really Interested in what Young People think, do or have to say."
"Doing things only Old People do."
"Being afraid to be Silly or act Crazy Spontaneous anymore... especially where People can see."
Yes, I suppose 'Acting Old' can be Quaint, Sweet and quite Dignified or even Tasteful as one Ages... and it probably is more the Norm... but I don't know that I'll ever be that Little Old Lady... Sweet as she is. I much prefer to Age Disgracefully, it's much more Fun and makes me Feel much more Alive and Entertained... and Apparently more Entertaining as well! *Winks* "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, 'WOW . . . What a ride!' " ... that is much more likely to be my Epitaph and Legacy.
And I'm sure if you also Wonder... and ask enough Kiddos and Young Adults that same Question about what IS "Acting Old?"... there would be a wealth of Candid Observations and Answers. And my Conclusion was that "Acting Old" and "Being Old" are two distinctly different things and are not necessarily mutually exclusive!!!
And whether the Senior "Looked Old" or seemed a Wonderment in Preservation also seemed not to matter as much, if at all, to the Younger Generation... as much as "Acting Old" did. Apparently you could look as Old as Methuselah and because you don't "Act Old" they can actually forget you are. *Smiles* And you could be excellently Preserved on the exterior and "Acting Old" will completely destroy the Illusion of Youthfulness. *Winks* So I'm Glad actually that I'm Aging Disgracefully... and Loving every minute of it!!!
Blessings and complete Disgraceful Aging from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian