Age is just a number.

Well folks, I knew there would be a time when something happened in my personal or professional life and it just FIRED ME UP. Fired me up enough to jump on this blog and start writing.

Age is JUST a number.

Welp, I said it. Many of you are thinking “Elle, you’re so young! Why is this something you’re getting fired up about.” Let’s dissect.

I think it’s a very popular discussion to say just because you’re (insert older age here) years old, doesn’t mean you can’t do it. However, this topic is more along the lines of “oh honey, you just wait until you’re (older) and you will realize….. x, y, z.”

Just a quick caveat:

I know I don’t know everything.

I know I have tons of learn and experience and grow from.

I know life is different than it will be when I’m 50.

But guess what - life is hard whether you’re 20, 30, 40, or 70 (!!!). Life is hard. Each season and chapter has its own version of tough.

It’s so easy for someone to look back and say “oh you just wait….” but would you have wanted to be told that?

I don’t have children and I am not pregnant today HOWEVER, my heart breaks everytime I hear a mother telling an expecting woman how hard motherhood is and how painful and sleepless etc. etc. etc.

Don’t you think she knows that? Don’t you think she’s already terrified? Why are we putting “pre-terror” in pregnant women? I just will never understand.

Either way - age is just a number and we will never know the shoes that someone has walked in during their life. I would argue that some 20 year olds have walked a more treacherous path than some 50 year olds.

What’s my takeaway? Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Be a proponent of cheering other on in their current season, no matter the age.