It was around this time last year when I wrote about life in my forties. Within that entry, I shared a few tips that have helped me continue to perform as well in my forties as I did in my twenties and thirties. I honestly don’t feel any different today than I did ten or twenty years ago. And I don’t say that to suggest that I’m superhuman. I’m also not trying to sell you an anti-aging secret. I’m simply highlighting the success that I’ve had by staying active. Over the past 20+ years, I’ve probably exercised on 99 percent of those days. That is my secret. Keep moving intelligently so you aren’t forced to start over.
40+ and Still Going Strong
When you do something consistently, there’s little time to notice any differences from one day to the next. For example, I worked out last night and I worked out this morning. I felt the same. And I’m sure the same will be true about tomorrow and the next day. I keep moving so there’s never time (or a need) to notice any decline.
I’m not just here to talk about it though. Below is a short clip of me in my forties over the past few years. Some of the clips are a few years old, other a few days. What hasn’t changed is that I still feel the same.
When you continue to move, it doesn’t need to expire in your forties. Below is a classic example that I’ve shared before. Take a look at this 64-year-old judo master who’s more capable than most adults a fraction of his age.
Whenever I shared age related footage, there’s always someone in the crowd who is dying to find someone who will share in their misery. It usually sounds like this…
“I remember those days, but wait until you are (insert older age here).”
Apologies if you are one of those people itching to make a similar comment. I hate to disappoint you, but I’m not waiting for anything. I’m too busy enjoying the moment. I also don’t need Captain Obvious to tell me that it won’t last forever.
Yes, we will all die. That doesn’t mean we should sit around and wait for it. Instead, let’s all keep moving by challenging ourselves physically and mentally each day. Because when you do that, you’re too busy growing and improving to worry about whether you’ve aged or not.
Get Busy Living
If my birth date wasn’t listed on my driver’s license, I wouldn’t know how old I am. And I live with that mentality. I have better things to do than worry about age. I’m too busy living to ever take notice. The only reason I occasionally write about age here is in hopes that it might inspire someone who’s reading.
I’ve always struggled to understand people who constantly remind everyone that they’re getting old. Yes, we all age with each second that passes, but to harp on it only speeds the process. Your age is irrelevant to enjoying the moment.
Go find a new hobby, and counting how many seconds you have left in your life doesn’t count.
Like it or not, but we are all (at least partially) a product of what we do and think. If you sit around griping about getting old all the time, there’s a good chance that you are going to feel older than you are. So, if you’ve been guilty of that before, my advice to you is simple. Snap out of it. Life is too short for such a dismal existence.
Challenge yourself to keep growing and improving. Read new books. Exercise daily. Cook and eat wholesome foods. Make water your primary beverage. Don’t be afraid to say no. Cut off toxic and negative people. Limit stress and always be grateful that you’ve been granted another day to live. Never waste it because once the day is gone, you’ll never get it back.
“Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Satchel Paige