Be Bold or Get Old

Yesterday I turned another year older. With the arm still moving through its recovery process, I found myself struggling to feel entirely positive about adding an extra year to the sum of my life. It’s just part of my frustration with being slowed down when moving toward a goal, specifically one such as getting in shape for a film that I need to sell my physicality on.

As I get deeper into my 30’s I find myself wrestling with the question of how much time a guy has to make an impact through youthful resilience and risk taking. The responsibilities of fatherhood, marriage, making a living, and minimizing injury all press on the mind as reasons to feel the clock of age beginning to turn against the more youthful desires of the heart.

I had to give my head another shake, get mad and snap out of it. I was falling into the trap that hits many of us when life knocks the wind out of our sails. Something in our circumstances and our head starts telling us, ‘It’s time to sit down and get old because we had our chance. Our fortunes have changed; the time for boldness has come and gone.’ I suppose every big change or big endeavor is tested in its resolve in this way. We can shake off that fear or surrender to the lethargy of age.

A time will come, maybe it already has, when you will question if you can still take a stand and become what you once believed you could. That day will make you doubt you have what it takes, because your body will hurt in ways it never used to, your heart will have been crushed in ways that can make optimism feel like a fantasy, and personal failures will humble you into seeing how little you know.

Don’t let these hard things cripple you; let them be tools that cause you to find the grit to carry on, even when others would lie down under the pressure. In the end it’s not how hard you can shake your fist that gives you courage and a youthful heart, its whether or not you’re still willing to curl your fingers in a ball, get up and start swinging with all the strength you still have left.

Being young of heart at the dawn life takes no courage; it is just the way things are. However, being young of heart, when life has laid its scars and years on you, takes the courage and boldness to stand with the weight of the world on your shoulders. You’ve got to be brave enough to recognize you never have to throw in the towel in life, because the only person that will make you step out of the ring is you.

This is your one life of mortal flesh and bone and you never have to sit down or shrivel up. That will be your choice. Until your last breath, this is your time to do something. Be bold or get old.

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  1. Alan says:

    Good point! Looking back at how training and life was in my late teens and early twenties seems so many lifetimes ago. In fact even to get into the same mind set seems beyond possible. Lightening would have a better chance of strinking me twice before I could rekinddle the flaming passion I had at 23 for training. Actually I believe that it is because life has changed for me so much. I used to be on only one path, heading in only one direction. Bodybuilding was my life and all I focused on. But now life has evolved. Evolved in a much more positive way though. And through this new evolved focus I have learned that life is not about a singlar focus on only one thing, but that it is a ever expanding focus on self realization. Failure to realize self is by far the greatest cause of fear for anyone. The bible says, “Is it not written that I have said, “YOU ARE GODS.”" God is know as the Father, the beginning, the Alpha/Omega, but few think of God as the CREATOR. And because we come out of God we share in that ability for we are all the creator of our own experience. That is why I have said that, Failure to realize self is the greatest cause of fear. If you recognize that you are 100% responsible for your life and where you life is at, then that eliminates any blaming of another. I am where I am because of how I think and what I have chosen to act apon. I consider it all a process to the realization of self. I can be, do, and have anything I am willing to learn the process of and apply. Sure we all have what appears to be physical limitations. But what actually prevents us from achieving our ultimate goals is that deep inside us we realize that it is actually not really necessary to be the strongest, faster, best looking, richest, or most successful. What is truly important is when one stops comparing themself to others and is satisfied with where they have been, where they are now, and the direction they are currently heading. If you come to that place from within yourself and have let go of the need to be better than another you may have mastered your life.

    It is not important to be better than you were in the past either, it is only important to recognize how you were and how you are now and see how far you have come since then. For at 20 I had come so far since I was 10. And now a 30 I have lived a whole lifetime since 20. It has all been a lesson and a blessing. Nothing would I change had I had a chance to do it again. I am making the changes needed every moment of every day now and that is why I have evolved. We should love the good and the bad because they are for our working out of lifes most important processes necessary for self realization. Move always with confidence toward self and in that journey you may just realize that the self you come to see yourself as is “THE CREATOR”
    And as it is written I and the Father are one, said Jesus. All those who understand this statement also must understand that God flows through us all at all times in all ways. This is for our benefit. It teaches us the oneness we have with God. Never are we seperate, always in ALL-WAYS are we connected. Unless we choose to be seperate, which is by the way not possible exept through mental denial and that alone.

    For even in denial are we connected for all things were made possible by God and are allowed inorder for the working out of the grandest purpose of self.

    TO REMEMBER who you are.

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Sebastian MacLean is a Canadian based actor/producer. In addition to acting in a variety of diverse film roles, he has produced an internationally televised documentary film Facing Goliath and a health related TV series Body Quest. He is currently working on developing action drama projects for both TV and film.

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