Yep. I’m 57 today. According to some research, when I walk down a street in the US, I’m older than 8 of the 10 people I see.
- That makes visiting retirement centers encouraging.
- That makes running more important all the time. (455 miles in the last year. 10 in the previous 55 years.)
- That made visiting Nepal this year humbling as I realized that the median age is 22.9, much less than half my age.
It also has me thinking more than ever about legacy. I’m from a generation that counted on older people to be “Mr. Swanson.” I know many people my age who think we don’t know enough about life yet to be able to pass anything on.
I think we might be wrong.
I’m a little envious of some younger people who are saying to me these days, “Can I get a life mentor?” They have an openness to direction that I never had.
I think we might have been wrong.
The other day, I was reading a letter Paul sent to one of his colleagues, a pastor named Titus. Paul wrote, “Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.“
I think that if I spent the next year or two working on that list, it might be worthwhile. Self-controlled, doing what is good, teaching well. I’m building a list of what that looks like. And I’m looking at mentors myself.
It’s about time, I think. It’s not too late to start listening.
(If you want to give me something for my birthday, read “running for a reason” and give there.)