“Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.”
– Chili Davis
60 The New 50
I’ve been told by some generous people that I don’t look 59 (soon to be 60). When they ask my secret I explain that I’ve spent half my money and time on women and booze. When they ask what I did with the other half I have to confess that I just wasted it — just kiddin’.
Candidly speaking, I’ve been agonizing over this milestone. I honestly don’t know how I got here or where the time has gone and I feel like there is so much more left to accomplish. After wrestling with this inescapable fact for quite some time I’ve changed my mind and decided to embrace the fact that I’ll be turning 60 next Monday. But that doesn’t mean that I plan to grow up.
I am planning to celebrate by meeting my son in Wyoming and see if I can still cover the 2000 vertical feet to the summit of Medicine Bow Peak (12,013 above sea level) in about 2 hours.
I’ve already gone to the doctor for my 60 (thousand mile) checkup. He asked me the secret to my youthful appearance. You already know the answer. I got the blood work done even though I’m very skittish around needles but worth it to find out “all systems are go”.
I’m going to treat myself too, by getting my bicycle tuned up, scheduling a massage, playing volleyball once or twice a week and hanging out with family and friends
One treat you won’t find at this celebration is cake and ice cream. Sorry that’s two things, and sorry – I know I’m flying in the face of everything that’s patriotic and traditional. I won’t eat it and would feel bad contributing to the delinquency of your diet. As a coach, I know that too much sugar (or anything for that matter) is bad for us. “The average person consumes 150 pounds of sugar per year–compared to just 7 ½ pounds consumed on average in the year 1700. That’s 20 times as much!” – Dr. Oz. I know some will take exception to my remarks (bakery owners, stock holders in sugar and food companies and some other thick headed folks) but my answer to them is a statement made by the 15th century physician Paracelsus, “The dose makes the poison”. The poison in this case contributes to metabolic syndrome (read cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc) which will put you under.
Since I have feel like I have so much left to accomplish before I depart this planet I’m going to treat my body like the temple that it is in order to get the most out of the time I have left (however long it may be), and do my best to make 60 the new 50.
I personally want to thank you for taking your precious time to read my blog. Hopefully you’ll take away some inspiration or insight. I’d love to see your comments at if you care to leave them at the bottom of this page. I’ve got to stop writing for now because I have to make an appointment for my colonoscopy. Oh boy…