I look back on that day sometimes and I get a good laugh. It was a pretty ridiculous moment in my life, but it's one that I am forever thankful for experiencing. For that day was an extremely important day in my life as far as how I would look at aging, health, and even life in general. Because, after a few minutes of hard deliberation, I came up with a grand solution - I would just stay 24. I would not age anymore.
It's not that I decided to research all the ways that I could stay young, seek out experts in the field, or sages from around the world to one day find the fountain of youth. I simply just made the decision to not age. Looking back, I now realize that maybe I wasn't as mature as I thought I was. But I guess I was mature enough to realize that I can't just make some illogical, unrealistic resolution and expect it to magically happen. I knew I needed to figure out how I would make this happen.
After a few more minutes I came up with a idea. I promised myself that I would just never say the words - "I'm too old for this." I think I felt that I may not be able to stop the aging process, but I don't have to feel old while going through it, or least I wouldn't go down without a fight.
Fast forward to today and I can honestly say that I kept that promise to myself. I have never uttered those words. And through those years, I have definitely matured, I've raised three kids, buried two dogs, been divorced, lost everything in the financial crisis, and even dealt with weight issues, but through all that adversity, that promise helped keep that young kid alive and well deep inside of me, and finally, at the age of 44, he climbed out from that refuge, ready to start a new, more adventurous life.
Now let's get out and do something we're "too old" to do.