This is highlighted by a conversation that occurs on a regular basis in the office. It goes something like this:
“Don’t turn 50, everything goes downhill at 50.”
“Don’t turn 60, I never had a problem like this until I turned 60.”
Even people as young as 25 have brought forward some version of this topic. And each of those people have their own stories which are entirely true. At a certain point, things did not go to plan.
While it is not possible to go back in time and reclaim the benefits of youth, which depending on who you ask is anywhere from 17-40, it is still definitely possible to claim what’s left.
None of us get through life without some bangs, bruises, and scrapes along the way. No one is in mint condition. Most people aren’t operating anywhere near 100% of their capacity, because that would be exhausting.
The bottom line is that thinking about perfection when it comes to the human body is more trouble than it’s worth. Wouldn’t it be better instead to consider how we can move forward? Getting 1% better than we were last week, 5% better than we were last month? What would the limits be if we stopped focusing on the end goal and started to dig deeper into the daily and weekly changes that we can make to spur progress, however gradual and incremental, towards the type of life and the type of body that we want?
While it’s true that things get harder as we age and acquire new injuries along the way, everyone can improve something about their situation. Everyone has so much potential, regardless of age, and I look forward to seeing that over and over again, moving into the future.