By CFEO Director of Media
I turn 40 today. At first I wasn’t going to write about it. I wanted something more original, less obvious. But I can’t help it – it’s really all I’ve been thinking about for the last few weeks.
But not in a negative way. I definitely don’t feel as old as most young people associate being 40 with. In fact, I feel younger, energized, and focused. And both accomplished and ambitious. CrossFit is responsible for a good chunk of it. A little over two years ago I was a former athlete couch potato with zero health aspirations, and staring down the ever dwindling amount of time with which to achieve significance. Things are different now. Being able to answer the call of the physical and mental demands of a WOD does something for the confidence of a guy.
Confidence and courage. Not sure I expected those to still be growing at 40. I look back and all I can see are the incredible mistakes and failures and lessons learned the hard way. I once dropped $3000 on an "investment," only to find out I’m not really that interested in or good at buying and selling stock options. I've made tons of ill-timed or ill advised-decisions that would warrant throwing in the proverbial towel. But history tells us there is still much I can accomplish at what may statistically be the mid-point of my life.
At age 40, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. Hank Aaron was 40 when he hit his 715th home run. Wally Amos was 41 when he started selling Famous Amos cookies in 1975. And Soichiro Honda was 42 when he formed Honda Motor Company in 1948. He attached a small engine to a bicycle and within 10 years, he was the leading motorcycle manufacturer in the world.
There are plenty of trite idioms about age I could use to fill up space here in an effort to sound inspirational. As true as they might be, they’re only worth a momentary measure of hope to me. I find my long-term optimism elsewhere: enjoying the adults my two oldest children have become (#maybeIdidntscrewupeverything), watching my two youngest children develop their talent and personality (#nowsnotthetimetocoast), and telling the stories of the lives we touch at CrossFit East Oahu (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0vl3F6myo56olbTAJrSZsg).
An interesting side note about Soichiro Honda: all the demands he made of his company and employees were to take risks and fail. His belief was that you can fail 100 times as long as you succeed once. And we can only make fantastic advances through many failures.
Here’s to turning 40. And the fantastic advances I'm about to make.