OK, everyone, all together now: "I neither act nor feel my
chronological age." I'm going to guess that those who do won't say
this, so let's just accept it as a given. Not necessarily a given
steeped in fact, but a given that that's what most people on these
So why should I be any different? Because my chronological age is
meaningless to me. While many friends and colleagues are retiring,
I'm not. I'm not even thinking about that. In fact, I'm still
working on my career ...
And when I compete in triathlons, I am haughtily proud when they
mark my left calf with my age. The smug factor is elevated as I
bike (and occasionally run) past women 20 and 30 years younger than
me. And some men ...
I am trying to wrest from life all that's available to me, and, oh,
while I'm at it, some of what's available to others who aren't
bothering to avail themselves of it. Seeing as it's basically left
over ... Waste not, want not, right?
So what am I doing with my life? All I can, every day. Were you to
ask my advice (and oh joy, an opportunity to use the subjunctive),
I'd say -- go forth and do the same.