I will never forget all of the times I was told, “You’ll see. Someday when you have kids, you’ll understand. You’ll do the same thing we’re doing.” Because those words echo in my head every time I spend time with my kids and I am dealing with situations similar to what I remember dealing with my parents on when I was their age.
I remember reconnecting with an older college friend after I graduated who had recently turned 30 years old. I remember her telling me, “You’ll see. When you hit 30, your body will start changing and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s just part of getting older. You just have to accept it.” I think about that conversation every time I hit a PR lift or do body analysis and find out that I am healthier and fitter than I was when I was 30. And, I’m 42 now.
And, I just yesterday had a conversation with someone who was trying to convince me that life in your 70’s is full of reminders that life is ending: you can’t go sky diving, you can’t keep doing the sports you’ve always competed in, and you can’t eat the foods you’ve loved your whole life and that you want to keep eating. “You’ll see. When you’re my age, you’ll understand that you don’t have options like you do now. Record this conversation, because you’re going to feel the same as I do right now.”
In the last 24 hours, I’ve tried to recite over that conversation over and over in my head.
Because I DON’T want to forget it.