Is aging just something that happens, or is it an opportunity for men to see their own reflection in a mirror and leave a legacy behind?
They say getting older means finding The Fountain of Youth–that age is nothing more than a number. It’s also said that with age, however, comes wisdom–and how one disperses that wisdom into the world determines their legacy.
If we are to change the minds of others so that they can go on to change the world, we must listen. We must listen to every person who has a statement to be made and pass their words of wisdom on, as these twenty-six strangers do in the video above–produced by WireTap, a widely-popular CBC radio program.
The video opens with a seven-year-old girl giving an eight-year-old boy advice on how to ride a bike. The boy then gives his own piece of advice about identity to a nine-year-old, saying, “No matter what anyone says. stay weird!” This cycle continues until a 93-year-old man closes the video by offering a 91-year woman a few words to live by.
The goal of the video is to show that “growing up” is a process that truly never stops or loses value, according to one of the video’s producers and WireTap host Jonathan Goldstein. It’s also a celebration of reflection, as WireTap ended its run on British radio waves eleven years ago.
The four-minute video has since taken social media by storm, being viewed by young and old alike. So, what is it that humanity can take away from this? What can the common man do or say that will ensure the lasting importance and impact of this–and who or what will he see when he looks back?