Getting Old & Muddy

“Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional”

There are times in life when you should be serious.  Taking responsibility and being accountable are very positive traits for a person to exhibit.  Whatever it is that you want in life, you will be hard pressed to achieve it if you don’t put in the effort and concentration required.  Having said all that…… there is also a time and a place for fun!!!

I recently completed my first “Warrior Dash” and it was an amazing experience.  I got some great exercise, spent some quality time with my fiance and a few of our friends and most importantly, I was reminded of what it was like to just “be a kid” again.

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At the ripe age of 26, I’m starting to feel the affects of growing “old”.  I know there are people reading this who would be eager to tell me “Old?  How can you feel old? You still have your whole life ahead of you!”  Well, time and age are funny things.  How you feel about your age is simply a mater of perspective and attitude.

If you look at it from MY perspective, 26 years old is the very oldest that I have ever been!  I literally have no idea what it is like to be any older than I am right now, I do however recall the joys of my younger years: running in the woods in my back yard, climbing the waterfall at the sawmill next door and eating a whole pizza followed by a “Gotta Have It” from Coldstone without having any noticeable consequences for my actions.

My attitude about growing older is mostly very positive.  I look at it as a blessing that not all people have the fortune to enjoy.  I believe the additional responsibilities that come with age are a way to improve yourself and become a better person.  But with all of my “grown up” goals and aspirations, I sometimes forget to stop and smell the mud.

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When you look at a child, you often see pure, raw emotion.  They are not worried about taxes or what the Federal Reserve plans to do about interest rates.  They are mostly concerned with what’s for dinner and when they can go back outside to play.  I think going outside to play is one of the most important things a human can do in their life.  Getting to run, jump, crawl, climb and CONQUER at the Warrior Dash was an almost “spiritual” experience for me.  I truly felt as if I were a child once again without a care in the world.  Just me and the obstacle in front of me, that was the full extent of focus in my consciousness.

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Being caught up in the moment like a little kid is one of the best feelings this life has to offer.  To me, pure joy and contentment are achieved by being present physically and mentally in this very moment.  The best way to achieve this is by doing something that requires your undivided attention and brings excitement into your heart.  For me, that is climbing things or playing football.  For others, it may be painting a picture or flying a kite.  Whatever it is that brings out the kid in you, I encourage you to take some serious time to spend doing these things.

Life is the longest thing any of us will ever experience on this planet, but it still seems to fly by.  Just because you grow older, doesn’t mean you have to fully grow up.

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