Those moments spent with a much older Christian can be life-changing.
To hear their failures, defeats, triumphs, and tragedies over the course of changing history is to humbly acknowledge there were many who came before us with the same thoughts, struggles, and dreams as we all have. It is amazing and disarming to hear someone sculpt their history, to see the faraway look in their eye as they remember the sights that God has shown them and the people they have loved. Our faith changes and we all slip at times: but God never does. He is the faithful bedrock of all these stories.
We are not the first to feel what we feel, and we could certainly learn from those before us.