I am going kicking and screaming all the way……just being real.
I agree with Tony Horton who recently proclaimed to CNBC that Aging is for Idiots . I see no reason to allow Father Time to have his way without the fight of his life.
Now with that said, I have had some recent reminders that I am not the young guy I used to be anymore. For example, just a couple of weeks ago I heard the following statement while visiting a BJJ gym in LA:
“Yeah, you’ve got that ‘Old Man Strength’”
What!?!?! Old Man Strength!?!??!! How about just ‘strength’? Then I took a long hard look around the mat and realized, I was the oldest on the mat by at least 5 years (OK, maybe 10). That lead to the realization that I could count on two hands how many folks I had rolled with this year that have me beat in age. How did this happen? How am I suddenly the ‘old guy’?
Oh, and then there is work……
“I can’t believe you have a child that is driving!”
Not quite sure how to react to this one. Is it because you can’t believe I could be old enough to have a 16 year old child? Or is it because you cannot believe that my gene pool would be able to produce an offspring with the mental capacity to control a motor vehicle effectively? I really hope it is the prior although the later certainly is in question.
And then there is Facebook….
“When I grow up I want to be like you and your wife!”
This coming from a thirty-something fitness enthusiast. You see, Joy and were both presented with the opportunity to audition for the next Beachbody Infomercial for The 21 Day Fix Extreme program by Autumn Calabrese, an opportunity we both jumped at. So just us and 11,000 other Beachbody super fans are a part of a Facebook group where we regularly post specific assignments and encouragement. Looking at the feed in this group is inspiring, motivational and humbling as well as a gut check. You see in this group, I am definitely raising the median age (my wife however is ageless so she is having no affect ).
Why am I sharing all of this? Because while aging chronologically is inevitable, how you age physically is absolutely a choice. Not much is within our control any more; politics, economics, job stability, Brexit and the thoughts of others affect us daily but we have zero control over them. What do you have control over?
- What you feed your body – are you giving it whole foods in the right portions?
- What you feed your mind – are you reading regularly? Does the subject matter challenge you?
- Moving your body – You know the First Law of motion…..a body at rest tends to stay at rest, a body in motion tends to stay in motion. Be in motion – whatever that looks like for you.
- Effort – Are you giving it everything you can?
- Consistency – see that whole First Law of Motion thing above
So yeah, we all grow older but how we grow older is a choice. I choose to embrace Old Man Strength and to control what I can and not place undue worry on what I can’t. Now if I can just find someone to help me with my old man wardrobe…….