How I got my injuries when I was younger:
- I fell out of a tree
- I fell off my bike
- Twisted my ankle breakdancing
Injury causes now I’m 40:
- Slept wrong
- Sat down too long
- Sneezed to hard
I mean really, what happened? I don’t feel any different now to when I did when I was 21, I wondered does my mum feel different at 60, I don’t think so.
I’m sure like many people born in the late 70’s we still feel like we are not yet “adulting”. Sure I have a wife, mortgage, job and a cat but I’m still young. Taken from Monty Pythons Spamalot “I’m not dead yet!”.
Turning 40 really bothered me and until now age has been nothing but a number. I’m 6 months into my 40th year, and time really does not slow down! Ive been to Miami, Texas, Bermuda, London and off to Guatemala next week. My mums been out to visit, my dad fell and broke is hip. We sold, moved and bought a new house. Have done a half marathon and a Triathlon (as a team with kym). Organized a 3 day HR conference in Cayman. Various speaking gigs. Oh and finished out a successful year at work. It’s no wonder the blood pressure is running a little high these days! I note this only to remind myself that turning 40 has not slowed me down in any way shape or form. I do suffer injury a little easier and the back is not as it once was but I genuinely think that if I give into the ailments. Get sedentary and try to take it easy then life would become very dull. So in order to keep up with the kids (those very trendy people in their 20’s). I’ve decided to verbalise my dreams for the next few years just as they do (The kids that is). They are brilliant at it! Whether they insta it, vlog it or simply tell anyone they meet, they are not afraid to verbalise their goals! They talk about their travel dreams and the next great business idea they have had. I have travel dreams, I have business passions and I remember being as excited about it all as the 25 year old in front of me. So what’s changed? Honestly nothing, my life experience have far exceeded their own simply because I have had more time to do them. But I still have loads more I want to do I just don’t think I express it as I once did.
One of the first things they tell you to when you want to do something is to tell someone about it, because now it applies pressure to deliver on the desire. The more people you tell the more pressure you put on the outcome of you actually doing what it is your setting out to achieve. Also you find others who wish to do the same thing and they reinforce your idea as something good for you.
The more you internalize the more no one else can share in your passion.
That is why I love the kids (Again people in their 20’s) – I actually get a kick out of their enthusiasm and helps it inspire me to share my dreams however different they may be. Youthful exuberance seems to disappear in the, and I hate to classify myself as this, middle aged group of society. As we get older do we give up on our desires? This makes me wonder why so many people in their late 30’s & 40’s take up an endurance sport?
So todays motivational bit – don’t give up on your drams just because society thinks you should know better and play it safe! You have more experience, more knowledge and possibly more money to do those things now. 40 is your wake-up call – “get busy living or get busy dying” – Red – Shawshank Redemption!
Oh and come on England!!!!! (World cup)