I do not remember a point in my life when I realized things were not the way they used to be. When I was a kid, life was so much simpler. There was always time to play and my biggest worry was having to clean my bedroom and then one day I had a job to go to. Now, I am still in school at this point but suddenly there’s a girlfriend on top of that job. Then I graduated high school and I went into the army, after the army I went back to work and here I am today, on the verge of 37 years old.
I am little under one week from my birthday, but it is at this time every year that I began reflecting upon myself. I do not get sad or depressed, it is more of a taking inventory on what I have accomplished in the past year. This year seems to be a little different though, this year has me thinking back on all my years. So, what set this off? One simple question, how does it feel to be almost 37?
I gave the answer that I give every year when someone asks how it feels to be a certain age. Feels like 36 but it dawned on me that 36 feels nothing like 26. Yet, every year I have said the same thing, most of us probably do. My question is at what year did it really change?
I do not know the answer to this. it is the effects time. Time creeps up on you. You exercise, workout and eat healthy. I have heard many people say, at 40 I’m in the best shape of my life, but is that really true? I guess for some it may be, who am I to judge? But I think you would have to have had a pretty jacked up childhood.
We all change and we all age, there is absolutely nothing we can do about this, it is set in motion by our servitude to time. Always heard that at 40, you hit a midlife crisis. I do not know how true that is, how many of us are going to make it to 80? I think 33 to 37 is probably midlife. With this in mind, I have a bigger realization of the grave at the end of my road.
This year I’m going to take an account of where I’m at in my life, what dreams have I left unfulfilled, and what do I need to do to fulfill them. I rather wish I had not waited this long, but better late than never. There may be dreams that are now beyond my reach because I waited too long. That will not be determined, until I reach the grave.
To the older men that are reading this, I say, take an account, and don’t let anything slip by you. To the younger men, I say, life goes faster than you think. If you have a dream, pursue it now. Accomplish what you can before a wife and kids. There is so much out there that you have yet to do.
To all men everywhere, I say this, time is not on our side. Take control of whatever it is that you have left, lift it up and pursue it. Regardless of your age, now is the time to do what you need to do. Get after it Men.
Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. – Ecclesiastes 7:10
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