2013 is in full swing and, I don’t know about you, but 2012 seems like a really long time ago; and I’m totally absorbed in what I’ve set out to do this year. That’s a good thing, and my focus is the future, not the past, but for many of us the past can come back to haunt us, and sometimes we can even use it as a way to punish ourselves.
For example, we may look back and remember how fit we were when we were younger, and what we used to look like, and there’s nothing wrong in looking back because it can provide impetus and motivation for present goals. But it’s also important not to linger in the past to the detriment of what you’re trying to achieve in the present. We all looked and felt different in our youth, and we may have been significantly fitter. But, as we age, we must accept that no matter what we do, there is never going to be a way to go back in time, so it’s important to focus on being the best you can be in the here and now.
I must admit that I have no desire whatsoever to go back in time, no matter how fit I used to be at school, and in my early 20’s. For me, I have accepted that that was then and this is now. I now need to put in more effort to achieve my physical goals, but then again what I set out to do would be challenging for someone of any age. I don’t see my age as a barrier to any form of significant physical achievement, and I’m also glad that my profession means that I have the necessary understanding of how my body needs to be worked in order to achieve.
As I mentioned in my Age is Only a State of Mind article, age is only number, and far more important to me is a positive attitude, and a willingness to accept that, in many ways, I’m not the person I used to be. But that’s not a bad thing because, on so many levels, I’m a vastly improved version of who I was in my 20’s – although I’m still, and always will be, a work in progress
The moral of my story is to remember the past, and if it causes you to smile then so much the better, but don’t dwell on what you used to be or what you perceive as mistakes or failures. We are all composites of our experiences both good and bad, so use them to fuel your hopes and dreams for the future.