"Youth is never wasted on the young. While in many ways they tend to see things in simple black and white terms, it is only once they discover the many colours of the rainbow world they live in that they come into their own.
They only need to see a colour once before they feel it in their bones. Children nearly always prefer to say it in colour whenever provided with the opportunity. Their first form of expression is in crayons and coloured paints and plastercine. Then they dress in colour to suit their mood and personality and finally, they finish up speaking in colour.
Paradoxically, because of the difficulty they experience today in finding a job upon leaving school or university; of rarely being able to find the deposit to buy their own house or establish the financial means to leave home and set up in their own rented flat, the youth of the New Millenium often find their lives unexciting to look forward to. Hence their language invariably becomes as 'colourful' as it is ever likely to get as they explain their desperately drab situations to others.
However hard being young may be, prefer it always to attaining old age and seasoned wisdom. The most important thing to remember is never to leave your youth behind, however old you get. Never become too old or too tired with life to jump in puddles for no other reason than the sheer fun of doing so. It may get you wet, but it can bring you fun. We stay young in heart so long as we remember that youth is not a time of life, but rather a state of being. It is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips, countless freckles, supple knees and enough breath to raise a hot air balloon, but is more a quality of imagination that can take your body to new places and your mind to the twin towers of excitement and adventure.
Hold fast to your youth for it will sneak away as soon as you forget it, and never abandon it to the ravages of old age and rocking-chair contentment." William Forde: January 29th, 2015.