In their 20’s, many people start getting the sense that they’re old. Your best years are nearly over. People younger than you are starting to overtake you – your skills, your wealth, your health. With CEOs as young as 22, Olympic athletes younger than you, fresh-faced hyper-car owners overtaking you, what’s left to be optimistic about?
The solution is simple: remember that it happens to everyone. Everyone sees youth overtaking them, sooner or later. The only people it doesn’t happen to is people who die young. You can be grateful you’re not one of them!
To feel good about yourself and your ageing body and mind, you need to get over the ideals you had when you were younger; the belief that you could take over the world. That you could become better than anyone before you.
That was harsh, it had to be said. But now it’s been said, we can focus on the positives.
Firstly, you have plenty more time to achieve your desires. True; you might not have become CEO at 21, but there’s plenty of time yet.
Second: would you really want to give up the life you have now, for the unknown life had you been an early success? It has been proven that success in itself does not make you happy.
Third: What does make a person happy? If a 90-year-old with a small pension, ailing health and many lost friends and family can be happy, then surely you don’t need to feel bad about not being a spring chicken anymore. The question is how do they do it!
The answer: be at peace with yourself. This is not some new-age spiritual concept. Well, actually it sort of is. But it does not involve meditation (although it can), and it does not involve religion (although it can), and it does not involve happy pills (although it can).
Be proud of who you are
Be proud of what you’ve done. What you’ve overcome.
Remember that you can still make a difference. To yourself and to others.
Remember that everyone’s life eventually comes to an end, but it is not the end. You will have spent your whole life changing the world. Maybe a little bit, maybe more, but you’ve had an impact. You have moved the human race forward, contributed to the well-being of all the people present and future, and every other creature on this planet. There’s still more you can do, today. Seize the day, do something fun. So something amazing. Or just do something.