Forever Young

Daily Prompt: Forever Young: Would you drink the water from the fountain of youth?

While I was walking into my office building this morning, a high rise in Midtown Manhattan, I overheard a conversation between the UPS delivery man and one of the building facilities custodians. UPS mentioned that it’s been 27 years since he started at UPS. Facilities said he started working here as a teenager, and look at him now (a bald man with a pot belly). “Where has the time gone?” said UPS. “It flies.” said Facilities.

Their conversation reminded me of yesterday’s Daily Prompt, regarding which question you hate to be asked. I had a response for it: “Where do you see yourself in X years?” I don’t like this question because it forces me to lie. My real answer is that I don’t know. If you had asked me five years ago where I saw myself in five years, I would not have guessed my current situation, especially considering how challenging this past year has been for me.

But would I take it all back for the chance to be young again? No, I think not. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t mind sprinkling a few drops from the fountain into my moisturizer, perhaps, but I wouldn’t want to be young again. Though I sometimes miss simpler days (who doesn’t), I wouldn’t want to relearn all the life lessons I’ve struggled to learn. Plus, I like myself much more now than I ever have, and it took me a long time to get here. These are things I value more than youth.

Time travel: Now that’s something I’d be interested in doing. I’d absolutely love the opportunity to go back and change some of the things I’ve done. But change myself? No thanks!


About Paola Mata

Mobile Developer @BuzzFeed. Co-founder of NYC Tech Latinas. Follow me: @PaolaNotPaolo

Posted on December 17, 2012, in Daily Prompt, Life and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You like yourself now better than when you were a youth, I like that. And the picture of fountain of youth is a beautiful caricature.

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