I have three sons: 19, 17 and 12. When I tell people this, they have a hard time believing I’ve got kids that old. That always makes me feel good.
I guess I don’t look as old as I really am. When I look at Facebook and see the ‘kids’ I graduated with, some I don’t even recognize, they look like old people and I think to myself, holy hell Batman, I hope I don’t look like that to them!
I’m 46 years old. In my mind, I still believe I’m 26! My body most days feels like I’m 56!
My wife smacks me at least once a day for something juvenile that comes out of my mouth. I would rather hang out with my teenage sons and listen to their music, watch their movies and play their games.
My last two vacations I’ve decided to take up surfing, because apparently I’m 14 years old. I’m Benjamin Button, but only mentally!
I’ve been interviewing people who weren’t even born when I started my career. I’ve forgotten more shit than they even know. And, yet, they come in knowing more shit than I’ll ever know.
I’ve been getting old and I didn’t even realize it.
I figure I have 25 years left to work. I about halfway through my career. When you look at it from that standpoint, it doesn’t seem like old, it seems like primetime! If an NBA player had a ten-year career, year five would be around the height of their ability! It’s when they would be most valuable.
So, maybe I should think of it as old, but think of it as I’m playing my MVP years, right freaking now!
It makes sense. My wife says recently it’s like I’ve been trying to work two full-time jobs. She’s probably right because I have to, you only get one chance at your MVP years. Ten years from now I won’t be going “now is the time!” Nope. It’s right now. I’ve got to make stuff happen. I’ve got win championships! Whatever the hell that means.
I wonder how many people feel this same way, but they’re at different ages?
When I as thirty, I distinctly remember thinking, “holy crap, I’m 30 years old, I need to be a VP!” I bet there are 60-year-olds out there thinking, “it’s my time to shine!”
From 20-ish to 70-ish are your prime working years. You have 50 years of work. I know, many of you think you’ll stop working between 60-65 years of age. You won’t, that was your grandparents and maybe your parents. It’s not us. 70 is the new 60. Most of us won’t retire until we reach 70+.
50 years of work.
Take the amount of work experience you have, right now, and subtract it by 50. How many work years do you have left? What are you going to do with those years? I bet you haven’t even come close to accomplishing all that you want!