It sounds like an age-old cliché but time sure does go by fast when you’re having fun! Never did I think I would be sitting here at this point in my life reflecting back and yet still looking to the future. Age is a funny thing for sure. The young relish in their youth. The old wish they had more time. We look forward to celebrating the day of our birth, and yet many also dread that day when hitting a certain age plateau signifies what is perceived as past their prime. I never thought of age as something to fear or even be aware of. Seems like it’s more on the mind of those around me who keep bringing it up. Yes, it’s my birthday today, and as I prepare to party it up at the casino in Atlantic City I’m staying at with my loved ones all I want to do is gamble hard, eat with gluttonous abandon, booze it up, and enjoy life! Blackjack, craps, cocktails, high limit slots, cigars, a good whiskey, cold beer, and a tasty meal are all on the agenda. All. Week. Long. This Regular NYC Guy has come here to experience all the vices I can. Boom!
When it comes to age don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can and can’t achieve. Pay no mind to those naysayers who preach what you can or can’t do just because you’re a certain age. Heck, to me it’s just a number. After all, there is a huge difference in being old and being older. A person can be old at any age. I know many who act old and they are just in their 30’s. They feel as if their more youthful life needs to end just because they get married, have kids, own a home, etc. Sure, I realize that as we get older things like jobs, bills, and responsibilities take over many people’s lives, but some act as if it’s a law that they give up on everything they loved from their past. Maybe I am cut from a different cloth but that just does not sit well with me. I refuse to be old. I never want to be perceived as one of those old dudes who should just give it up and fall in with the herd. No way. No how. Not for Peter Pan here.
I also have surrounded myself with great friends of all ages. Why limit yourself to being around those that are all of the same age? That’s no fun. You get a broader spectrum of ideas and viewpoints when those around you are from different generations. We do a lot of things together and none really cares who are older or younger. No offense to those who are in my age bracket but I find many of them kind of boring. It’s perhaps that I discover so little in common with those who are my age and just can’t associate with them. Heck, I still go out a lot, watch MTV and VH1 shows, go on every crazy scary amusement park ride, listen to loud metal music, drink way too much and party on weekends (and sometimes midweek ), and go out dancing among other things. Someone recently asked me when I am going to grow up. I laughed and asked why would I want to do that when I’m having so much fun now? Don’t ever grow up – it’s a trap!
I’ll admit over the course of my lifetime I have experienced a lot. Some truly great things and some pathetically bad. Sure, there have been many mistakes, mishaps, and boo-boo’s I wish I could change. We all have our regrets and things we did which we are not too proud of. Then there are those things that we achieve which makes us proud. Things we have done that are in the forefront of our memories. I have saved a man’s life. I have buried relatives. I have failed and succeeded. I have refound my high school buddy which has become my life love and have been with for 18 years now this summer. How she puts up with my shenanigans is beyond me. All these things make up the fabric of who we are. We live and learn. Isn’t that what age is supposed to bring? A bit of wisdom, knowledge, and know-how? I’ll admit sometimes I am a bit scatterbrained and act the dumb fool, but that’s just me I guess. Keeps life interesting. Somehow she loves me anyway.
One of my biggest fears in life is to just give up and become old. Become boring and complacent. Why do some many do that to themselves? I still listen to hard driving rock and metal music. I still listen to my favorite bands from years back, while discovering new groups and artists on the music scene. I am always up to hitting a concert, or hanging at a bar or club to have some fun at. I attend all kinds of events and special festivities. If it’s a party then I am there. I like to travel, attend all kinds of festivals, and just do things on a whim. I hate just sitting around watching TV except for a few shows now. Life is too short to just give up and sit on the couch. People complain that they are too tired. Bullshit! They want to convince themselves they are tired and blame it on their job, commute, kids, age, and anything else. Just get up and move your ass. I still to this day keep going to the gym, work out when on the road, even train when on vacation as I have been doing this week. In consecutive years now I have run a Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder, and this summer an Urban Mudder which will be right here in NYC. All at an age when many have long ago given up on athletics of this sort. Maybe I am a bit warped at this age and have a screw loose. Maybe it’s because I want to challenge myself and keep moving forward. Maybe it’s because I refuse to let age dictate my life. That last thing is what many people do and it’s a slow killer. It will suck the life right out of you. Don’t do it. Choose to live and never give in. Keep moving forward.
That being said I’m not going to be around much when it comes to blog posting and commenting these next few days. That can all wait until I get back home after this week. In the meantime it’s all about having fun and celebrating the here and now. Isn’t that what we are supposed to be doing anyway? Life is too short to be old. Age is relative. Sure, it’s just a number, but if you act old you’ll be old and look old. Blah – not for me!
In the words of the immortal Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High –
“Hey, Bud, let’s party! All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine.”
Words to live by……..