Not sure how I got here this quickly. Just a year ago I wrote the post A Techie Looks at 40. Now here it has come and gone I’m officially over the hill or there abouts. I was talking with Sabrina and the girls last night about how I think at a certain point your true age is determined by three things:
Genetics – You can’t do much about that one.
Lifestyle choices – These are many little choices that add-up. I can tell you that I feel remarkably better than I did a year ago. I dropped my 20 year addiction to coffee (which started with my No Caffeine 35 Day Experiment), dropped fifteen pounds (didn’t Lose 20 by 40 but made some real progress), and am walking on an almost daily basis.
Outlook on life – This one I also have a great amount of control over. It’s a state of mind more than anything. My mother who is a young 76 years old chose to turn outward instead of inward after my dad passed away eight years ago. She cuts a rug on a regular basis with her friends and is currently off on another of her travels.
So from here forth my pledge is to take what I’ve been given, continue to make concrete goals that promote wise lifestyle choices and to keep dreaming. The greater part of failure must be in not dreaming, not believing in what is possible, not setting goals and not going for it. I think I’d rather “fail” at not accomplishing all my dreams or goals than “succeed” at reaching my goals by setting so few.