I just celebrated my half birthday a couple weeks ago. Closer to 27 now than I am 26.
I have been blessed with many opportunities to frequently interact with people older than me, even if just a few years older. My job, my church, my mentors, my men’s groups.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard some pieces of advice. “Travel when you’re young!” “Do it before you have kids!” “Now’s the time to explore!” As if these years before kids are the only years I’ll have to do anything besides contribute to my 401(k) while I work at a steady but unfulfilling 9–5.
I get it — I hear it all the time. It becomes much harder to do to these things — travel, explore the world, be crazy — with kids, when you’re older. And I’m thankful for that. I’ve spoken with countless people that wish they did what I’m going to do in the next couple years — work in a foreign country, travel the world, start my own business.
I’m blessed by being able to be in these environments. I now know just how urgent it is that I do this, now. Otherwise, I might end up like some people I’ve spoken to — regretful they waited too long until it was too late to “play a young man’s game.”
I don’t believe people with kids in their 30’s are “unable” to do these things, and I don’t intend to stop once I get there. But it’s easier now, I’m told.
Hell, I feel like I’m behind. I mean, I’m 26. Make all the money you want, get all the things you want, whatever — the one thing you can’t get back is time. Fortunately, I have a lot to show for my 4.5 years since college — I’m 100% debt-free, married to my best friend and amor de mi vida, I have a Master’s degree, and a car with no payments.
Still, it’s urgent I act now. 26 is already over the hump of my 20’s.
I’ve been blessed by the urgency knowing I need to act now, before I get older.