Tom Winter: He’s one of my newest heroes. Tom is a professor of classics and religious studies at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He’s all of sixty-eight years old, is a qualified private pilot, rides a bike four miles a day to work, and is a champion roller skater. He knows how to live. I wonder if he’s on the Grindtv site?
Many of us at a ripe old ago of say… 35-40, will undoubtedly “put away our childish things“. My question is why? If it
makes you happy, how can that be so horrible? Now, you all know that I’m not talking about alcohol, drugs, or sex. But I am talking about being involved in football, baseball, hockey, skateboarding, bungee, etc. And by involved, I’m talking about being in the game. Is complacency and rotting away the norm? Is this the standard? Well then I guess I’ll choose to be an adolescent at heart, just as Tom does.
Tom claims to be a nineteen year old with 68 year-old joints. Well Tom, keep on keeping on. Don’t get complacent or convinced that an adult must whittle away their hours in front of a television set, on the couch, drinking beer or soft drinks to prove their level of maturity. Live your life to the fullest. Those aren’t the real memories… save those things for when you’re old.
I still ride a skateboard at 46, SCUBA, sailboard, play Frisbee, and work outside…. all in the Texas heat, and all for leisure. I’m up for a good game of tackle football. I might hit a home run on the baseball field. Yes, is said baseball, not softball. I refuse to be propped in a corner and fed with a slingshot with nothing short of a heart attack, stroke, or aneurism. And even then, they’d have to kill me to keep me “out to pasture“, and I don’t want to be pasteurized.
Too many people have too much time on their hands and can’t find usefulness in their senior years. It’s a shame, it’s always been a shame. Feel your hearts beat for a change. I know that feeling all too well!