There have been several occasions in my life where I felt that I was too old, or not old enough!! Yet this week, I began to realise that I am not ineligible because of my age. At last!!!
Let me explain.
My husband and I joined a faith community back in 1993 that was relatively young – well very young compared with established faith communities like the Roman Catholic Church or the Church of England. As this community was young in age, it attracted young people, and those older ones who still thought themselves as young.
As this faith community grew, it needed new leaders to take on the challenge of establishing centres in new areas of the country. Every time Steve and I attended national meetings, there would be a request for people to step forward for consideration to lead one of these new off-shoots. Nearly every time that the request was made, they asked for people who were late teens and up to about 25 yrs of age.
Great you might say. However, I was 30, and I felt old, ineligible and unwanted. I would withdraw, disconnect, express disappointment. Discrimination because of age is destructive. Discrimination, whatever the kind, is destructive.
That was 20 years ago. Today, as I write, I know that those incidents are now being redeemed. Steve and I are interning with a charity where age is no barrier. This charity reaches out to all ages and because of this they need workers of all ages.
I am wanted because of my experience, my past, my processing of painful times in my life, my acceptance that I am messed up but working on it. I am no longer ineligible because of my age. I am NOT TOO OLD.
When have you been reminded that you are too old?
How did you react then? How does it make you feel now?
Any funny stories?