The day I thought I was getting too old - at 24!


I remember the first and maybe only time I ever thought I was getting old. I was a father of one with a second on the way, I no longer felt I had the freedom to do the things I used to take for granted. You could say I was having a grand old pity party (hey it was the GOP Party). And I was only 24. There is a back story as to why I thought 24 was old, but never-the-less, adding two kids to the mix made me feel even older. I get a kick every time I think of this, as I am now just a tick over 50. But for how ridiculous this scene seems to me now, there was one very, very valuable result of this conversation with myself...

I made a promise to myself. One that I have never broken, even through my years of parenthood, my overweight years, my years of complacency, etc... That promise was that I would never, ever say the words, "I am too old to do that". I had decided that I would stay 24 for as long as I could.

Sometimes I wonder if I accidentally made a pact with the devil that day, but through all the adversity in my life, that promise helped keep that young kid alive inside of me, and at the age of 44, he climbed out of that hole that he was taking refuge in, and with a shit-eating grin on his face said "I'm back, let's get going."

So that is my challenge to you. The next time you are about to utter the words, "I'm too old for that", ask yourself if that is the real reason. Chances are, that is just the excuse you are using to avoid doing something you don't want to do or might be afraid to do. It's the easiest excuse because it's one of the best. It's not your fault, it's Father Time's fault.

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Because, if getting too old is something that is being forced upon you, then you are losing control of a major part of your life and you are becoming a victim. To me, that's a fate worse than old age.