One of the commercials that repeatedly plays on Hulu is the inspiration for this post. The voice-over guy says something to the effect of, "Julia Child became a famous chef at age 51. Picasso painted one of his masterpieces at age 56. Doris Terrabaum (this really fit lady they show running) finished her first marathon at age 50. Not everyone peaks in their twenties."
Okay, you have my attention...
I love this. Great sentiment, great commercial - Yet, I'm going to argue with the concept, at least on my behalf.
No, not everyone peaks in their twenties. I get that. I didn't. For example, I hadn't been in a swimming pool in probably a decade, but at age 32 I swam a mile for the Swim for Diabetes out of sheer spite because my husband said I wouldn't make it five laps. I swam the full 72. It nearly killed me, but I did it, all because he was being a butthead and I don't like it when I'm told I can't do something.
At age 37, I was in a movie. At age 38, my first book was published. There's been a ton of other weird, crazy things I've done throughout the course of my life, and I have no intention of stopping now.
Above is a photo of me around 12 years ago - when I was in my twenties. At the time I'm pretty sure I thought I was a hideous beast, and now I look back on it and think, "wow... wish I still looked like that." That's all I think about that though. Yeah, I'm aging and what looks I did have may be fading, but that insignificant part of me is being replaced with sheer determination, an indomitable spirit and a wisdom that is ever-growing. I had none of those things back then, at least not to the extent I do now.
Time didn't take my youth, I rode it hard and put it up wet, and I'm nowhere near done. What's next? Climb Everest, swim the English Channel, find Bigfoot? It's hard to say, but I can promise you this...
I didn't peak in my twenties. I won't peak in my thirties, in fact - I don't plan on peaking at all. I'm going to get tougher, more fabulous and become the coolest old broad that ever existed. Age is a number who's only significance is to remind us our time is getting shorter and we don't need to piddle around.