Saturday, March 5, 2016

Act an Age

"I was a young lad when I was growing up."
- David O'Leary 
(ex-Irish Soccer Manager)
Will you guys let me retire yet?
          Have you heard phrases like; age isn't anything but a number, or; age is all in your head? I believe the statements are accurate, but being old isn't like it used to be when I was young.
          When I have a vigorous workout, not only does it take longer to recover, but it takes longer to get sore from the workout. I don't know which workout I am sore from the next day.    
           Speaking of professional athletes, it is obvious that some fans don't appreciate a whole body of work when a professional athlete, or even an athlete that never made it from out of the amatuer ranks, becomes ancient in the sports world. In any professional sport, if you last more than three years as a large contributor of a team, you usually can be considered as above average. The players that last 5 years or more have really accomplished more than what is the norm. Kids don't understand the normal longevity of a pro athelete, and the elite players are only the 1 percenters. Kids dream about being an athlete mostly because they see dollar signs more than personal achievement.

"Being old isn't like it used to be when I was young."

If you could, wouldn't you?
 The fact that the salaries for players, though they are what the market will bear, lures kids to focus on priorities that lead them away from what will benefit them throughout life. It is positive if the pursuit of sports greatness leads to an accomplishment of an education they would normally not be able to achieve. Living off of an +NFL+NBA, +NHL, +PGA TOUR, or +MLB salary can be lucrative but still probably will not last a lifetime, however; a skill, or developing an ability to be a lifelong learner can carry a person through a prosperous life. An average person's education ends after school, but learning does not, and the ability to figure things out on one's own is the most valuable thing one can get out of an education. If that is missed, you will be following people looking for a fish instead of catching fish on your own.

          "I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person." - Socrates, quoted by Plato, "The Death of Socrates"