in pursuit of wisdom

delicious homemade fruit juice

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easy homemade fruit juice recipe

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night over some feeling or thought you just couldn’t shake? Or worse yet, have you ever been so gripped by that nagging thought that sleep itself eluded you? Such was my recent plight. And the thought that so powerfully dominated my mental faculties? I am getting older.

I have never been one to obsess about aging. At least, not in terms of fear of aging. The grey hairs that continue to pop up, for example, I refer to as “character” and go about my business leaving them unharmed. No, I have never been afraid of getting older. The truth is I have always been in pursuit of my older self. In fact, I know when this chase began. I can still feel the early morning chill in the air as I stood outside with my siblings, waiting for the bus to pick us up for school and listening to dad, who was headed to the barn, go through his morning ritual with my older sister. “No dating til you’re 25, got it?” he would say with such intensity it made me laugh. But with every utterance of this plea from my father, it reinforced an idea in my little mind. 25 must be the year that would unlock what I wanted most: independence, adulthood, love. My eager anticipation of these things probably contributed to my jumping the gun on all counts. But I must have imagined that being of a certain age would add weight to an opinion or life choice. I came to realize that this was not so automatically the case. “Tut tut you’re only 18, you haven’t experienced anything yet!” “Tut tut, you’re only in your twenties, you’ll change your mind.” And of course the most disappointing: “Tut tut, you’re only 25. You’re just a baby!”

Certainly I can appreciate that there will always be people around me who are older, chalk full of verbal confidence and a need to impart their personal experience. But I think of times I have seen an older woman’s advice dismissed with a “Tut tut, what does she know? She’s just an old lady.” and I ponder this cycle wondering, can age alone breed wisdom? Can it merit respect from others? If not, then is age the right pursuit, or rather, should it be wisdom? I imagine with wisdom one could do both the offering and the accepting of timely counsel.

I think the reason I was held hostage by the thought of getting older is that in reality, I had been chasing what I thought to be a significant number. But it was just that, a number. It came and left without much fanfare. It’s not as if I now show up to the scene of a crisis with my Quarter-Century Plus card, flashing it authoritatively and saying, “I’ll take this from here.” No, nothing was magically unlocked and the truth is, that’s OK. Life carries on and with it, the pursuit of wisdom, for those who take on the journey of getting older.

homemade strawberry fruit juice recipe

delicious homemade fruit juice recipe

1 cup fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh blackberries
1 orange, peeled and separated into slices
1 ripe peach, cubed
2 cups orange juice
1 cup water
1 tbs cane syrup

Put everything into a blender and blend away! (If you’re not into pulp and seeds in your juice, just strain it and enjoy!)

homemade fruit juice recipe

At a certain point during my midnight musings, I got up for a glass of water, put myself back in bed, and told myself to just go to sleep. After all, I’m not getting any younger.

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26 Responses to in pursuit of wisdom

  1. Crystal says:

    Forty-five and I still have a lot to learn!

  2. You are so wise 😀
    Great post!

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Such a fabulous post – you are very wise 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. This happens all too often. I’m at an age now where I should know what I am doing…should 🙂 But when these thoughts keep me up at night I have a new trick: close my eyes and think about waves crashing on a sandy beach. It puts me out like a light. This juice sounds tasty.

  5. This was the response a wise aunt gave me when I sighed,”I can’t wait till I’m 20-something and all grown up.” — “Oh, honey, you never think you’re grown up!”

  6. donna picard says:

    what a delicious beverage to “drink in” your wise words of wisdom…..
    We all enjoy the “fruits” of your labor!

  7. Emma says:

    I never have problems getting to sleep, and very rarely wake up and ponder things during the middle of the night. But that doesn’t mean that my days aren’t plagued with the constant worry about aging. It freaks me out, man! That’s all there is to it.

    I think people should be more respectful both to kids and to older folks. Kids never seem to get much respect, and the elderly seem to lose respect so easily, without rhyme or reason. That kind of freaks me out, too.

    • kale says:

      too true, emma. ppl often feel that they can relate only to ones in their own age group, but i think that limits the possibilities we have to learn from others. and respect… well yeah, that’s just hugely missing.

  8. I think we should aspire to increased wisdom and knowledge, which comes from experience and a search for opportunities to learn.

    I also think we should aspire to enjoy life…and with that, comes everything.

    This yumminess should be enjoyed!

    I’ve missed you the past few weeks!

    • kale says:

      aww, thanks Jen! sometimes things get so hectic that time flies by and it’s tough to know how to get writing again, but you just gotta type & hit “publish”! 🙂

  9. True wisdom might usually come easier with age because of accumulated experience. But whose to say that you can’t gain that earlier in life?

    Lovely recipe too 😉

    • kale says:

      thank you Chocolate Shavings! (love the name)
      you’re right, generally that’s how it should work, no doubt truer still if we have learned from those experiences.

  10. I love this post–so beautiful and with some great thoughts. I’ve had a love/hate relationship myself with the idea of getting older

  11. kyleen says:

    I loved this post! It’s so interesting to read what others think about things like getting older. I totally get what you mean by the whole “You’re only 18”, “You’re only 25”. When I was in seventh grade, I thought that senior year of high school was lightyears away and that it would never happen. And then BAM, it’s the summer before senior year… It’s amazing how fast time passes.

    This homemade juice combination wit the strawberries and the blackberries looks so cool and refreshing, like summer in a cup.

  12. I so enjoy your writing 🙂 I had a big birthday too and it passed without anything bad happening. I felt relieved! 😛

  13. love2dine says:

    All the food looks so delicious.

  14. Age is just a number…oh..wish I could take it as easy as it is.
    A delightful juice, perfect for my breakfast!

  15. Brittany says:

    I must admit although I know I am still young (23) I feel as if I am getting older and having little to show for it! I hope to soon have that all change once school is finished!! I love this juice, perfect for the hot weather!

  16. Katia says:

    Is age just a number? Uhmmm, I wish it was…
    I love that “anti-wrinkle and antioxidant” juice.. I want some, now! 🙂
    Cheers, K

  17. Funny, the age thing hit me this past year as well. It just smacked me in the face and you are right there is no perfect older self around the corner, just what we do with what we know now.

  18. Miriam says:

    When I read this I got this lump in my throat and a relief that I read it in the morning and thought kale you are right I’m 26, I have a lot on my do list left before I’m 30! Where did proactive girl go?!?!

  19. Food Stories says:

    I love your musings … no matter what you’re age 🙂

  20. Nicely said. I do find myself laying awake most nights. There is always something!

  21. Lovely piece, Kale. The recipe looks nice and refreshing also!

  22. Love it! Midlife, midnight crisis at 25! 🙂

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