Over the weekend (31th March – 1st April) my teammates and I, took part in the IFS Bandung Open 2018 (National Inline Freestyle Championship). We were all representing the Inline Skate Semarang. The competition took place in Saparua Park & Sports Center, Bandung. There were teams from all of Indonesia taking part; there were teams from Lampung, Bengkulu, West Java, East Java, DIY Yogyakarta, DKI Jakarta, Palembang, and many more. We won some second places and third place. I was the eldest in senior women category to compete. Overall, I had a wonderful weekend. Enough, I don’t want to talk about skating, let’s talk about ‘age’ since I was the eldest in my category.
A concept that we use to keep track of the deterioration of our bodies?
When did we become so obsessed with youth? Why do we let this concept define us, therefore, keeping us in neat little boxes?
In my mind, I will never be old. My looks may fade, the pains may come but me old? Never. Spirit does not age. That’s what defines me. No one is too young or too old to do anything. We are all capable of whatever we put our minds to. Age is just another concept that leads us to limit ourselves. If you think you are old, tired and just not capable no matter what age you are, you will be. Beliefs are a powerful thing. They can help us to grow or shrink.
I want to be what we call forever young. Wake up vibrant and feeling blessed no matter what my life’ s circumstances or how many years I have been alive. I don’t want to hear but you are 27 and why aren’t you bla bla bla? Why don’t you bla bla bla? My life achievements will not be defined by a timeline; some socially imposed concept of how my life should look at a certain age.
Our paths are all different. That is the beauty of life. We are all unique. I am not saying we should set goals or have dreams. Don’t beat yourself up, if you have not achieved what your peers have as yet. The comparison will lead to a defeatist attitude. As long as you have breath in your body and a strong will, you will achieve what you desire in your time. No one’s progress in life should be defined by what they have or what they have done by a certain age. Just as we should not be defined by our race, sexual preference.
In a perfect world, we are all young. We live lives that we love, we cherish the people we have. We do all the things that bring us joy. So today I say let’s forget about age and if you want to start something just do it. It does not matter if you are 12 or 35 or 75. Let’s maintain that childlike wonder we were all born with. Let’s be playful, have fun and forget about our age.
Be fabulous at any age!