As the great Tom Jones said “act your age not your shoe size”, I couldn’t agree more. In today’s world there are of course two sides to every argument, so I am going to attempt the impossible and argue with myself.
“Holding onto ones youth”, “Being young at heart” all common phrases for someone who simply refuses to grow up. Now I personally love to ‘play the kid’ at times, by this I don’t mean trying to get into a child cinema ticket, I mean playing the odd occasional joke; a joke that both parties can laugh upon. An example of this would be walking into a shop that sells egg timers, setting them to go off in five minutes, then walking out of the shop. No one was hurt, and both parties can laugh. In my opinion, one joke is acceptable; if I were to re-enter the shop and play the same joke, the funny side would wear thin quite quickly.
I can see why the youth of today want to remain young. The fear of growing up in todays world can be a daunting experience. Not knowing if they will get a job, having the worst country finances of a generation etc etc, however holding on to the bubble wrapped childhood that they experienced several years ago is only going to make matters worse.
The reason why this is so, is simple. High school and university provide the forum of being able to showcase the qualities that each person has to potential employers. Whilst some employers may look for the ‘class clown’ this post is being dropped in more businesses as they look for people who can demonstrate the ability to work well in a team and communication skills. Personally I wouldn’t want to work with anyone who found it ‘funny’ to constantly test people nerves or patience, after all; they should be focusing on their job, not acting the fool. Would you?
Ok so to sum up. everyone has a little kid inside them, wanting to act the goat and try to make people laugh, and in my opinion there is nothing wrong with this. When the humor wears dry is when the same joke that once was funny is repeated over and over and over again. That is when holding onto ones youth, simply becomes acting childish.