As you age, sadness and loss produce acceptance and reconciliation. These qualities seem like wisdom but are really logical reactions to what happens in life, given enough time. When you accumulate heartbreak after heartbreak your demeanor adopts a sweet sadness, which goes way beyond wisdom. It is wisdom realized naturally.
The young imitate true wisdom, as if you can learn it or take a course in it. With them it becomes an accomplishment, intertwined with ambition. It’s added as another tool in their arsenal.
When you are older you can become a free agent, for there is less at stake, and you can call life as you see it. You can be more true and wise.