Awesome! We’re supposed to respect our elders because they are often the wisest ones in the room! They have the most experience, they’ve been there and done that already and developed some wisdom. Sadly we’re becoming a youth worshipping cult, so people listen to what Miley Cyrus has to say and assorted other people who still need help tying their shoelaces.
I think that one of the things that we have lost is verbal history. It was so nice sitting as a kid making mudpies listening to my grandmother tell me about her childhood. As we grew older, the stories changed but not the message. It was about finding something that you had passion for because then it never seemed like work. It was never about chasing money or fame. And then there were the chapters in one’s life that came as the seasons did. IMHO, there was a lot there that was subliminal but quite salient.
We can learn much from the preceding generations. Unfortunately, however, age does not automatically confer wisdom. Many are a foolish at 80 as they were at 8. That being said, it is nevertheless worth it to sift the silt to find the nugget.
While we may learn much from the oldsters, businesses have found that we are costly folks. Our salaries get up there, our benefits– vacation and sick time, and we start to have health issues. Take it from me, why keep me on when they can hire someone at half the cost. That is how too many businesses see us these days. Been there, and now I am retired and looking out the window, not at my choice.