Someone once said, "the only thing worse than getting older was the alternative. Getting older is inevitable but it does indeed beat the alternative. Being young is definitely better than getting old. There some advantages to getting older: you can finally eat dinner at four o'clock, your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off, and kidnappers are not very interested in you. Other that these, the advantages of youth far outweigh the advantages of aging. Young people have better mental abilities, physical abilities, and virtually no responsibilities.
The mental abilities of youth are sometimes amazing. Young people can drive a car, listen to loud music and talk on a cell phone all at the same time without killing themselves or those around them. By comparison, I've noticed that after I turned forty, I am less and less able to stay in my lane while shifting my attention to other things on the side of the road. I used to be able to look all over the place and my "auto-pilot" worked just fine. Not anymore, now I have to consciously look where I'm going all the time and if I have to look at something elsewhere, I have to do it quickly. It's not like I'm going to get into a head-on accident soon; it's just a minor irritation. I also find I'm more distracted by little things that happen on daily basis. I may start out to put a piece of mail to put in the mailbox as I leave for work only to forget to stop as I pull out of the driveway. I have tried various methods to remember. For instance, I hold the mail in my hand while I drive. All methods I try fail eventually. The cause is that I am thinking of other things that I will do at work and just forget what I have to do at hand (or in hand).
Secondly, youth has the advantage in the physical department, also. Young people can run faster, jump higher, and have more stamina to last longer. The older I
get the less physically active I become. Some of