What does 50 look like? It looks like this!
Each year for the past 5 years I’ve posted an official birthday photo on Bodybuilding.com. I do it as a documentation tool to help keep myself on the right track. I have a particular physique that I work toward and taking a moment each year to see how I stack up to my own ideal helps keep me honest.
Now for that honest moment. I don’t look as good as I did last year at this time. That’s just the truth. It’s not function of advanced age, I assure you. It’s just that I haven’t been working quite as hard as I was last year at this time. I go through high energy times and low energy times with regard to my workouts. Right now I’m enjoying one of those high energy times but that’s only been true for the past week. Before that, I had a long while where I just wasn’t pushing quite as hard. The desire wasn’t there, at least not strongly enough to make me do it. That’s the way it goes with me. I understand it and don’t get upset when I’m cruising/maintaining rather than actively building muscle, stamina and strength.
I should add that just because I acknowledge that I’m not quite as cut and muscled up as I was last year on my birthday, doesn’t mean I’m unhappy with my physique. I’m not that hard on myself. I’m pleased that I’ve kept my commitment to hit the gym regularly this past year just as I did in the 21 years before. Regular exercise brings great riches into my life….riches of balance, inner calm and deep personal satisfaction.
I made it to 50 and I’m all too aware that many people don’t get that opportunity. I’m grateful that I get more days to try to improve myself and maybe bring some cheer into the world Goodness knows we’re living in challenging times. Our hard-won freedom and liberty is under assault seemingly at every turn. There is wickedness afoot and there are enemies both outside and inside the gates. I can’t hold back the tide all by myself (and thankfully, I don’t have to) but I can certainly stand with my brothers and sisters out there and try to be a light in my little corner of the world. Happy to be here and happy to have you to share bits of my journey with.
Now where is my birthday champagne? It’s supposed to be chilling in that little, silver bucket on the side of my soapbox!