“Age is nothing but a number.”
I’ve heard this phrase countless times and in different contexts as well. Is it true? Is age really nothing but a number? Well, the answer’s obviously subjective.
Is there even an extent to which this phrase may be deemed acceptable?
In today’s society, age in many ways limits and determines what one is allowed to do.
For example, growing up, I couldn’t wait until I turned 13! Why? Well, according to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) who establishes the rules and regulations on movie ratings, if you are under the age of 13, you are limited to watch “G-rated” and “PG” movies (and even then, not really because “parents guidance” suggests a need to go through parents permission to watch the content).
Then I turned 13 and realized I couldn’t wait until I turned 15 to be able to get my permit so that when I finally turned 16, I would be able to get my driver’s license.
At 18, you are basically considered an adult. Even though, technically you are still a “teen,” you now have the privilege of being a lot more independent, and with that being said, you now face many new responsibilities that come along with the independence.
At 18, you can sign contracts, buy or rent property, work without a guardian’s permission, you can get married if you wish to (without parent’s permission), you can sue or get sued for that matter, vote, fight for your country, sign legal contracts and apply for credit cards.
On the other hand, you are still considered a minor in certain instances. While you are allowed to consume tobacco, and own weapons, one is not allowed to drink nor purchase alcoholic beverages. Personally, I don’t think I will ever be able to understand the logic behind this. If smoking is just as harmful as alcohol, why is the consumption of one substance allowed at a younger age? Who really knows.
So in a way, age matters. Yes, it’s a number that serves as a basis for an establishment of certain guidelines.
I think a society needs to have some rules that defines its structure–how one should work together in a cohesive, safe and healthy way, in order to create a haven to live in.
Age is definitely a touchy subject because who is to say that a 30-year-olds’ mind is more mature than an 18-year-old’s? And who is to say that a 17-year-old will suddenly change their mentality in a year, in order to fit in to society’s standards of being considered an adult at 18?
Age is a number, which for the most part, does not take into account one’s maturity level, cleverness, nor ambition.
So just because someone is younger than you, it doesn’t mean they are incapable of being just as clever and insightful. Likewise, the fact that someone is older, does not necessarily mean they are wiser either.