After my meeting, I chatted with a friend about all that I had learned (or not learned as the case was). Mostly, I talked about the people.
There were about 70 people at the meeting... lots of old people, very few young. Like the gentlemen who sat in front of me had to be in their 40's or fifties and those next to me were definitely above 35. There were a few younger gentlemen (cute too) that were a few rows up. They were probably early 30's.
Then I stopped and considered. What about me?
I am nearing my late 30's with increasing speed and yet, I sat and considered the people around me as if I were ageless... or at least somewhere in my late 20's. It didn't occur to me until the conversation that, to anyone else in that room, I appeared to be "old" just as they appeared to me.
"You don't look like you are nearing 40." my friend commented this morning, "Especially when your hair is down and you are dressed professionally."
As young as I might have looked yesterday, I do not know that I look either as young as I feel or whether I look as old as I am, if not older.
It seemed, as I walked the halls at lunch, that I am neither young or old.
I saw many women, in their 20's... heels clicking, voices echoing, quickly walking as if the world was theirs and only they had the answers. I saw older men, years of experience under their belts. They walked with purpose and confidence, appearing to be completely unaware of the younger women swarming around them on their way to save the world.
But where was my generation - those in that decade between their early 30's and early 40's? That generation that is ageless in that we are neither young or old - not yet established and yet not without experience. The decade in which age becomes a number of which we are only occasionally aware.
That is my age. Perhaps that is how I appear as well... confident and yet excited by the world and all that it offers; aware that I do not have the answers and will not save the world, but excited by the challenges and ready to jump into the world of innovative thinking. I have experiences and knowledge, but only enough to realize that there is always more to learn.