As I laid down to sleep last night on the eve of my birthday, my mind wandered to a million different places. The first thought was, "How old am I?" I had a three year range and knew I was one of those 3 numbers, but I honestly couldn't remember exactly with confidence. I had to subtract the current year from my birth year to be sure.
A natural reaction to that statement is (1) you're lying -- everyone knows how old they are or (2) you're an idiot -- who forgets how old they are. Both are perfectly normal reactions, but it doesn't change the fact that I had to rely on elementary school math to determine how many years I've been on this planet.
The reason for my strategic ignorance is because that data point is so irrelevant to me. My age has absolutely zero impact on anything I'm doing right now. It's not restricting me from career opportunities, changing my dating habits, forcing me to take bigger or smaller risks, impacting my health, altering my views on life, or affecting my lifestyle choices. I am doing exactly what I want to be doing regardless of the passing of time and hope to be able to say the same thing 50 years from now.
A typical, joking response on your birthday is: "We're old." The funny thing about that statement is that people say that at 18, 21, 25, 28, 30, and basically every birthday you'll ever have. And it's true. We are older today than we've ever been before. But being old is a mindset, and it's a mindset of little interest to me. There's a guy in our fitness group who is old enough to be a grandfather and yet he lost 7.8% body fat in 30 days. Did his age hold him back? Not even a little bit.
Today is no different for me than any other day. The amount of times I've revolved around the sun has absolutely zero impact on what I'm doing and where I'm going. I appreciate all the gratitude people extend to me on this particular day and am thankful for each and every one of you in my life. I'm really just excited that I'm getting a little better every day, and that today is going to be a good day.