53 Years Young

So today I turn 53 and I have to say when I was younger a birthday with a number like that attached to it would have scared me. Today however I find I am not scared but proud of being 53 and working towards competing again in natural bodybuilding next year. At the age of 46 I started a journey to lose some weight and get in better shape. Who knew those first steps would lead me to competing in natural bodybuilding and getting into the best shape of my life?

Today I look at my life and I could not be happier. In addition to being in great shape, my wife Chris and I will be celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary this year. We have raised three wonderful children, recently purchased our first home and we are doing better than we ever have. I don’t say this stuff to brag but to point out that back when I was 45 if you had told me we would own our own home and I would compete in natural bodybuilding, I would have said you where crazy.

When Chris and I got married I was 24 and everyone said we where moving way to fast and it would never last. When my wife wanted to start a family, I wanted to wait. If we had waited we probably never would have started one because there never would have been “the right time”. Chris and I never got more than our high school diplomas and I had so many jobs trying to find something that clicked. I was very fortunate to get the opportunity to go back to school and get a Computer Administrator Diploma, starting a new career in IT, at the age of 37.

There was no master plan other then to just try and be better. I grew up with a step father who said I was a screw up and would never amount to anything. Looking back I really was a screw up back then and I was fortunate enough to figure things out and turn my life around. Why am I telling you all this? Because if a guy who was such a screw up and no game plan can end up being married for 29 years, raising 3 great kids, finally buy a home and can hang with the younger guys on a bodybuilding stage at 50+, then you can accomplish anything you want as well. I can say that with certainty because I know I am not special, there are thousands and thousands of other people out there who have even better stories. I see it everyday, all you have to do is start believing in yourself and never stop trying to be better. Do that and who knows where you will end up? As Joe Rogan says, “Be the hero in your own movie!”

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