Late-Night Ruminations

Tonight a friend's away message read_

Studying my youth away.

There are times when I wonder if that's the case. Right now, I've committed to spend at least four and a half more years cooped up in labs, staring at computer screens, and generally being single-minded in pursuit of my research. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy enough doing this science, but I just wonder sometimes if I should be doing more.

Let's face it_ Biologically speaking, we're most physically fit between the ages of 18-21. After that, it's an arms race between our body's desire to self-destruct and modern medicine's desire to slow the process down. What that means, in no uncertain terms, is that I'm already past my peak.

So shouldn't I be climbing mountains and hiking through the rainforest now? Twenty years from now, I may not have the energy or the eyesight for it.

Shouldn't I be teaching English in China or backpacking across Europe? It'll become vastly harder to do those things once I have a 9 to 5 and a mortgage.

My brain will still be around in 5 years. We have quite a few people in the grad school who took a few years off and are now pushing 30 and back in school. Sure, we give them crap for being the old farts, but I also have to wonder_ Did they do it right?

I only get one life. Am I missing it?

Tomorrow's life is too late. Live today.


Written by Christy -

Being almost 20 years your senior, I say YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY DOING IT RIGHT. A mortgage and kids only weigh you down if you let them. People choose large homes and mortgages for show. All you really need is a roof over your head and I can't imagine anything more rewarding than seeing the look on you children's face as you show them the world when you travel. Skip the mortgage and hire a nanny who can home school your children as you backpack across Europe. You always have a choice and your're never too old. I could do it even at my age and I'm more financially secure now than I was at your age. Just my two cents worth.

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