When someone says (some variation of), “She's so young, what does she know about life? It's easy to think you're wise when you're so young and naive.”
I like to think, “How fortunate for me that I met her & was reminded of all the wisdom I forgot when the world taught me that growing up meant growing cynical.”
I don't think youth is wasted on the young. I think the power and opportunities of adulthood are too often wasted on those who believe the energy and magic of youth is wasted on the young.
The young may not have the experience we older folks have, but all humans are born with an inner wisdom that doesn’t require experience. As long as young people are allowed to use that wisdom, it flourishes. When we discount their wisdom, they tend to begin to discount it as well.
As the mom of a 10 year old, I strive to allow his wisdom to flourish and become an important part of family discussions and decisions. In many ways, he is so much smarter than most adults (including me)!