Today, on my drive to drop off my daughter at Horse camp, I could not help but recognize the amount of energy I had pulsing through me – physically and emotionally. I had scores of things on my to-do list, 3 kids off school for the summer, a growing business, and a new puppy. I rode 20 miles at 6:30am this morning and I was ready to meet this loaded day with optimism and gusto. I recognized – men, you may be in prime of your life, with no obstacles in sight and energy to spare. This is akin to the polaroid pictures of now older people you come across, with them having a full head of hair, wire rimmed maxi glasses, bell bottom trousers and a similar air of energy and promise.
I began to wonder if with time, one looks back to these days with envy and sadness or with content and recognition that “I have lived a good life”?
I hope the latter – Today, I did acknowledge that Life has been kind to me and many people I know, God has given me grace and favor, and I hope to look back on these years with a smile.
The upside of my generation is that when the time comes and I’m redlining while riding at 5mph, I can tell them to go look at my Strava for what used to be..