I found this card whilst looking for a birthday card for someone else. I was born in 1989, and I remember how I tried to boast that I was born in the late eighties to my friends that were born 1990+. I tried to convince them that I was an eighties kid and they all told me I was just as much of a nineties one as they were. Now, I try to hide the fact that I was born in the eighties as there are now people in work that were born after 2000. I work with someone that has been in the company for 18 years. There are people that work with us that haven’t been alive as long. This is hard for me to grasp.


Most of us here on WordPress were born in the 1900’s. That to me already sounds so old, I mean it is the century that the first flight took place. I look at the above picture and feel old. The gadgets are nothing in comparison to the technology of today, who knew when that first chunky phone was put on the market that we would eventually laugh and take pictures of it on our sleek, tiny smartphones with incredible camera quality . The instant shots we take now are much better than the ones professionals had back then, meaning I only have a handful of baby pictures. Then I remember that many of you reading this were my age when the Berlin Wall came down and my old age turns to youth. It is all relative really.

Is anyone alive today really old? I mean we are the youngest group of people to have ever lived, in a way. We are at the very end of history’s timeline, carving out the future. If we are alive today we are in the present moment and the present moment is the youngest we will ever be. When historians look back at this New Elizabethan era, the babies born tomorrow will be in the same category as the proud grandmothers cradling them.

And how young is our youth? In 100 years from now, the kids of the year 2118 will look back at the ‘oldies’ born in 2018. Children today teaching the new generation about how hard life was with limited WiFi and not being able to make phone calls on airplanes. Talking of a time when space travel to the moon and Mars was only in the planning stage and cancer meant much more than just walking to the chemist and getting a cure over the counter. I like to spend my time looking around at what people of the future will consider old, although I can have no realistic idea.

So, when I freak out about how fast time is going, I try to remember that this is the youngest I will ever be. I need to make the most of this fact. If we are alive we are young, the only people in the history of mankind to be able to witness the present moment. Whether you are 16 or 116, it won’t matter in a couple hundred years. The main thing to remember is that we are the youngest civilisation, the one that ancient civilisations could only predict and fantasise about, the one they were too old to experience themselves. Let’s make the most of this youth.

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  1. β€œIf we are alive we are young, the only people in the history of mankind to be able to witness the present moment. Whether you are 16 or 116, it won’t matter in a couple hundred years. β€œ

    Never thought about it that way! This definitely makes aging sound less scary.

  2. Brilliant. I look at the history I’ve lived through. I was here for the walk on the moon, Kennedy assassination, when typing was an elective in school, long before the PC even exited, before cassette tapes if you even know what that is. Lol When phones were hung on the wall and had a thing called a ” party line”. Look it up, you’ll freak out. It’s amazing to catalog the experience

    1. Wow, so many incredible and crazy moments in our history that could and can be witnessed in a single lifetime. I know cassettes (I bought a couple of my own back then) however party lines are new to me. Looking it up, it seems like you could listen in on neighbours conversations! Is this true?

      1. Oh yes you certainly could. Lol You only knew it was a call for you by the unique ring other wise it would be for someone else. People still wrote letters back then and seldomly used the phone. Can you imagine how annoying it’s be in today’s world…the phone ringing anytime you or your neighbors were getting a call? I remember tv only in black and white and I was the remote! Lol sent over to turn the channels until the folks found what they wanted to watch. Click click click…Wait, go back…Click click

      2. I can only imagine how annoying that would have been to listen to the neighbours calls coming through! I think I may have been the remote also as a kid… although I may be imagining the memories. I do certainly remember having to get up to change the channels though on certain TV’s.

  3. Nice post. Anyway, you cannot compare your biological age with how you feel inside or feel old because some of your friends are younger than you. Often, all it depends on what friends are and how they enrich your life. If you feel old inside, it means probably that life has become too hard to deal with everything that leads…Or that you simply need a vacation.

    1. I feel young inside, for sure πŸ™‚ But whilst I am at the age that I can travel without many responsibilities… I am doing so. I consider this a year long vacation with some work to fund it here and there haha.

    1. No that’s my point! I will be 61 before I know it, and I do feel in this day in age 61 is pretty young anyway πŸ™‚ Haha at your sister calling you a baby, I was always happy to be the older brother, that may change as I get older…

    2. Oh you were born in 61, I completely misread that, my apologies. Well this makes you even younger! πŸ™‚

  4. First, thanks for being the hundredth follower of Misplaced Mapcase. Second, your post made me reflect on being born in the first half of the 20th Century. Travel keeps us young (new places, new foods, lead to new ideas, new ways of living).

    1. Great to hit that milestone! Congrats. I do agree that travel keeps us young, and it shouldn’t be something we miss out on in life.

  5. Great post and well said! Your writing really got me thinking. We are the youngest civilization and we should enjoy our youth. I’m in my early twenties, but I still feel like I’m 17. I know it’s not much of an age difference, but I’m pretty sure as I get older I will still feel as if I am 17.

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ I remember my mum telling me a good few years back that she doesn’t feel her age, we all age visually but she feels like a teenager still. So maybe you will feel 17 for a few decades yet. I feel like I am in my early twenties still… as long as you feel young, that is all that matters!

  6. The only time I feel old is when I count the years back to when I did something or calculate how old I was in a photo of a given moment. Those numbers are mind-boggling. Otherwise I feel perpetually somewhere between 25-35…apparently a golden age for me. Oh…and except when I first wake up in the morning too. I’m not quite as spry to jump up and go as I once was. A couple stretches have become mandatory first. Not bad for a quinquagenarian…now THAT makes me think I must be old, but my mind just doesn’t feel it. You’re so right that we’re in our youth when we reach out to make a new mark on the world, and every day is a first day for what you can do next.

    1. I am not going to lie, I had to google quinquagenarian to see what age that puts you in… Not old at all! but I do feel as I get older, getting out of bed will be one of the challenges that gets harder, it always has been for me mentally, I can only imagine the difficulty when it gets physically challenging too…

  7. As someone once said, “call me an old fool if you want, but there’s a lot of young wise men buried in the graveyard.” I know about five people older than I am. I say to my grandkids, “I hope life gives you the chance to live as long as me.” And age is just a number to keep track of when you get those checks in the mail, those discounts at the movies, the seat in the front of the bus, your own day for shopping in the supermarket, hahaha. Great post.

    1. At least we have those perks to look forward to in old age πŸ™‚ And that quote made me think… very true and wise words indeed. Some people didn’t get the chance to see as much life, so it is certainly a gift to cherish.

  8. I’ve already spent a month moping about how at eighteen, I’m real old and have wasted my childhood and will never have anymore… and then a recent study just tweaked the definition of adolescence to include everyone from a teen to a twenty nine year-old.
    But every once in a while, I do snap out of it and remember that the most important thing is to live before this phase is over, and to be able to do something that even the kids fifty years later can marvel at!

    1. I like the sound of this study! XD

      Trust me, at 18 you are a baby. I preferred my twenties anyway. The best bits for you are to come I am sure! Nice comment πŸ™‚

  9. I like the sound of this study! XD

    Trust me, at 18 you are a baby. I preferred my twenties anyway. The best bits for you are to come I am sure! Nice comment πŸ™‚

  10. Next time you’re freaking out, watch the BBC story of a 70 year old ballerina and an 82 year old gymnast. It’s incredible and teaches you ‘life and youth’ are what you make.

  11. Wow,some of these comments and what people remember make me feel old, number wise. I was born in the 1950’s and often I say it’s a good thing that there wasn’t any social media then, cause wow we did wicked crazy stuff back then. I have to laugh that you consider yourself “old” being born in the 80 ‘ s and 90’s. You’re like those of us of ‘a certain age”. We aren’t getting older, we’re getting better.

    1. I really wish you were able to post this wicked crazy stuff to social media now haha.
      ‘We aren’t getting older, we’re getting better’ I like this πŸ™‚

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