I got an email today from a friend in China who just turned 65. She left the states to teach English there when she was in her early 50s. The email came while I was instant messaging a friend who is 22 and can make me laugh over the silliest things -- especially her mastery of profanity at such an early age.
I'm struck today by diversity. I just finished several stories that spanned charismatics to traditionalists, Chinese to Sudanese, student advocates to medical doctors. And, of course, there's the age thing.
While I'm absolutely convinced that with age comes wisdom, I think the wisest thing I've ever done is be open to diversity. And I learned that one early on.