Why must my age determine who I am?

Why do you judge on the years I have lived,
not the knowledge I possess?

Why must I be restricted because of my age?
Peers to me are those on the same level as you.

Why do you assume therefore that my age group are my peers?
When you and I are more alike than myself and they ever will be.

Why must my age matter to you?

It does not change how I speak,
how I act,
the way I look,
or my opinions,
or potential.

Why must you assume you are above me,
before you even know my name?

This is not a playground.
We are no longer children,
and 'how old are you?'
is not the defining question of every meeting.

Let me be judged on my talent and personality alone.

Then you try to age me.