I disagree. It’s all steps in a journey.

I disagree. It’s all steps in a journey.

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I did an informal study a few years ago, using # of Google results as metric of social stereotypes.

“Acting like a ___ year old” and went through all the ages.

The pattern was fascinating, not so much social expectations (“acting like a 3 yr old, acting like a 40 yr old – that’s expected) – but for the gaps.

There were NO results for “Acting like a 27 year old”.

To me that says, 27 year olds have no social expectations at all.

If it’s not a stereotype of an age “not to be” what is it?

It must be the default age for “adult”.

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I’m an individualist. I gauge you by your interaction with me, not by age.sex.location, unless you assert its dominance over you.

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It has a lack of expectation. That’s what’s fascinating.

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42 was one of my favorite years and one of my most productive creatively. Loved 42.

From experience of it (46 now) I’d say that there is a very real “second puberty” that kicks in in the 40s. It’s quite amazing so far, or has been for me.

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I dunno. I’m looking forward to being a wizard. I’ve noticed my brain has become better and better at systemizing diverse knowledge on its own. It was always good at it but it improves over time.

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It’s certainly a marriage between fluid and crystalized intelligence.

I’ve gained “stories”, that is, I can tie many things loosely to some situation I know of or heard of to make a point.

But, making the point is less the point than it is sharing the music of it, the experience of a portion of a journey that just happens to be my own or through my voice.

But one thing I can do that I could not do before:

Now, I can throw out my baseline assumptions and continue.

Like if I find out something I believed was true for my whole life turns out to be wrong or incorrect or even a total fiction, it’s not devastating.

I can readjust parameters, recalculate, and adjust as needed.

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