I ran a 5K recently. It was my first in a few years.
After the 3.1 miles, while I was grabbing a banana and a bottle of water, I had a short conversation with a guy I ran into there from church.
We both are in our early 40s and lamented the fact that it’s getting harder and harder to force our bodies back into shape after an exercise lay-off.
I said, off-the-cuff, “I figure if I want to be able to do something like this at 75, I better get on it now.”
There were plenty of guys deep into their 60s and 70s that easily passed me throughout the 3.1 mile race. I want to be one of those guys.
While my initial reaction out on the course when one of these fellows scampered by was sadness and depression, I slowly started finding encouragement, even inspiration.
I want to be running a 5K and lapping some middle-aged dad and encouraging that dad that he needs to bow up and quit being a couch potato.
My mind seldom allows me to stop at my health and fitness. Sure I want to be fit and able to run or play tennis at 75 (don’t get me started on how I’d gotten my butt handed to me quite a few times in the local singles tennis league by men much older than I).
What else do I want to be true of me at 75?
- How do I envision my marriage at 75?
- How do I want to relate to my sons and daughter when I’m 75?
- What do I want to be true of my walk with Jesus at 75?
- How about my financial situation?
- And my work… how will I want to look back at my effort and effectiveness at work?
Now, back to present day:
Are the things I’m doing right now leading to the results I want at 75?
Perhaps the more important question is this: Will the things I’m doing now lead to a much better ‘now’? I don’t want to just end up at 75 and be able to be happy with all of my answers.
Sure I want to be a healthy, fit, financially secure, relationally fulfilled old dude. But more importantly, I want to be a healthy, fit, financially responsible, relationally present person right now.
String together enough ‘right nows’ and you’ll end up at 75 pretty pleased with the results.
At least that’s my guess. Let’s see what happens.