"Inside every seventy-year-old is a thirty-five-year-old asking, "What happened?" Ann Landers
Another way to look at this is part of a David Wilcox song, "In the years it takes to make one man wise....a young man dies." Our job as intentional elders-in-waiting is to embrace our older self and let our young woman/man die away.
Think about how the world might be changed if we all embraced age as something of value and honor...starting with our own self.