Ever read a story along the lines of … “61 year old man knocked to the ground by two teenage girls?”
When you’re in that chronological ballpark, the story becomes more about you than it does what happened to someone in some small town far, far away.
Could I have defended myself in that situation?
Would the teens have even dared approach me, given my physical condition and size?
What would happen if I somehow lost my ability to defend myself in a situation like this?
Would life even be worth living?
Would I have to move to some gated retirement community with 24-hopur armed security to protect me?
As weird as this may sound, the right answers to these questions are at the core of good mental health for men my age.
I have always been very athletic.
To this day I hold the USAPL Texas State record in the Power lift.
I can still run, jump, climb, swim, bike, throw a football…all the things I could do 30 years ago.
But it isn’t 30 years ago. Now I have to warm up, stretch, prepare for battle.
No longer are the days when I went from idle to full bore without missing a beat.
See, no matter what you do to maintain yourself, there’s always a price to pay.
This is why so many older men do stupid shit.
You can fill in the blanks here. I don’t need to reiterate what I’ve said a thousand times before.
In the end, what all older men fear most is Indignity.
Once you understand that, you begin to understand older men.