FIRE.124 Age is Relative

Relativity Rules All.

In some ways, I feel old – tired from over-workouts, from living life, and consciously seeing and observing the world.  I look at this positively, from a perspective of being active and engaged.

While it’s true that sometimes I can literally feel the weight of gravity on my being, that’s not a bad thing.  That’s just one sense in my body activating and showing me that I’m alive and on the go.

I’ve always thought inertia meant “an object in motion, stays in motion.”  Yet, lately, I’ve also read the definition as “an object at rest, stays at rest.”  I wonder why I always assumed the active movement aspect of inertia? 

Why did I not realize it was more generalized as “an object maintains its state of motion or non-motion?”  It probably was a teacher’s presentation and not my intellect.  Maybe I was only paying half attention.  That’s most likely the cause.

Let’s get back to me. 

In some ways I feel young – active, the freedom of childhood, no kids, manageable responsibilities, in almost every way—an amazing life.

But as I wrote last time, the decades fly right by.  It takes conscious effort to partake daily and weekly in the things you love.  If you don’t make the effort, the love does not happen.  The day and weeks just become a thing of the past, a part of your history.

I’m not sure what “middle age” is, but I have a feeling that I’m right smack in the middle of it.  Maybe I’m even at middle age early because I’ve broken away from the 9 to 5.  Maybe that is why I am reflecting, or more appropriately, why I have the time to reflect.

To me, it seems that reflecting, and realizing the greatness at my current age of 50 seems lucky.  I’m old enough to have a past (kind of a long past), and still young enough to have a future.  Possibly, even a long future.  By taking action now, to take action in my days and weeks, I may be optimizing, or even maximizing (is maximized more than optimized?) my future.

I am very aware that I’m an “old guy” now.  I’ve been to activities with “youngers.”  Events like CampFi, ChooseFI, even the gym, make it clear that I’m now older, maybe even the “elder.”

How can those past two paragraphs be so different, yet so similar?  I’m older, but I’m still young enough to have a great life ahead of me? 

I’m now reminded of a few wise thoughts:

  1. Do not dwell on the past.  You cannot change the past. 
  2. Don’t over worry about the future.  You cannot control the future.  You can only control yourself right now.  I’m not sure the exactness of my interpretation, but for me, it makes sense, and it works.

I try to have a great present.  I know deep down, actually right on the surface, that I need to do an even better (much better?) job and having a great present.  I also believe having a great present, sets up a great future.  Isn’t that the best “present” for yourself?

*** Nothing in this article is to be construed as financial advice.  I am not a financial planner, nor do I pretend to be.  You should always consult your own professional when seeking advice. This post is not a piece of literary mastery, just a random thought I had.

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