This year I turn 70. I remember asking my 90 year old mother at what age did she begin to feel old and her response was 70.
I don’t feel old. At least not yet. I walk 3 miles each day and I'm able to do a mile in just under 15 minutes - that’s 4 miles per hour. I’ve been doing this for 15 or more years.
Today my wife and I joined LAFitness. I know my upper body needs a workout too, so that’s my plan. I’m excited.
We all age differently. I have friends who are much younger than me. I would swear they are in their eighties from their appearance.
But, age is relative.
When I was young, I thought my 69 year old father was ancient.
He died at 69. That’s why I walk.
Back in Alabama I was a volunteer FireFighter. Is a volunteer any less than a professional? Not by a long shot. In fact, as an instructor for the Alabama Fire College (again a volunteer) I taught classes for many professionals.
Professionals and volunteers must have the exact same skills. They have to perform the same during an emergency - be it a fire or medical call. I worked my way up in rank to Deputy Chief and was the Training Officer for my department. I took that job very seriously. I became a certified EMT and went on to certify as a Dive Medic Technician.
Do I sound defensive? Is there a “we’re better than you” attitude among paid FireFighters and Medics. Yes there is. They do live and breath it every 24 hours on but they get 48 hours off. A volunteer is on 24/7, 365 days a year and doesn’t get paid a dime.
I met the Chief of the Miami Fire Department once and told him I was a volunteer. He looked down his nose at me and said “if you quit volunteering, they’ll have to pay you”. He’s right, of course. But our nation is FULL of volunteer FireFighters.
As Rodney Dangerfield so eloquently stated: They “get no respect”.
I posted this back in November of 2011. I am going to post date this article in an attempt to keep it relevant. My post at that time was about the "Occupy Movements" sweeping America. It read:
…a new phenomenon has developed within America, it is called "Occupy". Be it "Occupy Wall Street", "Occupy Atlanta", "Occupy San Francisco", whatever, you get the point. These are mostly young people who are mad at the 1% of the population they perceive as wealthy. They are the 99%, or the NOT wealthy.
Among other things they’re upset about having to pay back their college loans. It just isn’t "fair".
Back in the early 80’s, when my kids were playing little league and t-ball, one year my daughter’s t-ball team didn’t achieve first place thereby winning a much coveted trophy. Several mothers of children on the team talked about buying trophies for the team so they wouldn’t feel "slighted" or "losers". My wife stepped up and said NO! They were losers. You don’t reward a losing team, you reward the winning team. No trophies were bought.
As the 90’s rolled around, the thought process of those other mothers eventually won out and losing teams started receiving trophies just as big as the winning teams. In fact, they even stopped keeping score since that was a reflection of how well one child did over another child.
Today, those children of the 90’s have grown up not keeping score. They believe they are entitled to the same trophies that achieving children receive. But they’re wrong. I was proud of my wife back then and I’m still proud of my children today. They are both over-achievers. They are both successful, because they learned you had to accept losing.
The Occupy Wall Street children didn’t learn this lesson. My answer to you occupiers is yes, life isn’t "fair". The Real World Keeps Score!
To learn more watch this excellent video.