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Off TopicLife at 50 (self.TheRedPill)

submitted by TheRationalMale.comRollo-Tomassi

Essay:

https://therationalmale.com/2018/04/02/life-at-50/

Excerpt:

I’ve done really well for myself. That’s a statement of fact, though it sounds like I’m glossing myself. I still see a lot of guys I used to know who, back in the day, I was almost certain we’re going to go places and do big things. With the exception of maybe two, every one of them has fallen short of what I used to think they’d accomplish. A lot of them were the inspirations for posts about changing the direction of your life to better facilitate a woman’s plans for her own life. People hate it when other people compare lives. The standard line is “well if they’re happy who are you to judge?” or else it’s “we all find happiness in our own ways” or something suitably ambiguous. It’s one of those things we say so as not to appear judgmental. But everyone of us makes comparisons about a great many thing. There’s not a woman on planet earth who doesn’t compare herself, her quality of life and the man she’s married with her sister’s.

I could give a shit about what these guys have done with their lives up to age fifty, but I do think we need to take assessments of how our lives have turned out. It’s natural for us to want to measure our achievements, but at my age all that does now is make me realize how stupid I was when I thought so much more of other people and not enough of myself then. We shouldn’t compare ourselves with anyone else, I got that, but we should compare ourselves with what we believe is our personal potential. I’ve still got a lot to do before they put me in the ground, but I think I’ve done okay up to now with respect to my potential. If anything I don’t think I gave my potential enough credit when I was younger. Maybe we all do that?

I’m kind of scared of the future in a way. My Dad died from Alzheimers/Dementia just shy of his 73rd birthday in 2010. He had early onset too, so he started forgetting things at about 64. At least thats when it became apparent to everyone. That’s my worst fear today, but it’s also whats driving me now. In the autobiography of Steve Jobs it was obvious to everyone that once he acknowledged he was going to die early he started pushing the limits of what he wanted to get done before he went out. Consequently we got all of these great innovations in a relatively short time. Look at Apple’s “innovations” today. *I’ve only ever used Macs, even when they weren’t cool.

I’ve done far better for myself than my father ever did. Again, that’s not a ‘slay-the-father’ sentiment it’s just fact. My dad didn’t have the same potential though. And I still have more potential to fulfill. This has become more pressing for me recently and not just because of the fear of dying early – and yes, I do fear death, but mostly because I see it as a cessation of potential to do more. I genuinely have a mental list of things I need to do that I’ve only really become aware of since I started this blog and became an author and matured into the 40-50 year old Rollo Tomassi. Don’t think of that as a bucket list of some experiences to be had before death, rather, think of it as a ‘to do’ list that I need to accomplish before I go out. And that ‘to do’ list only became apparent to me in the last 7 years.

I know what I need to do now. It kind of sucks that a purpose to life might be something you only realize later in life. I’m sure it happens sooner for some guys, but for me it was necessary to live through the experiences that made me before I could know it. I’m still an artist in my essence, and I get edgy if I’m unable to create something new every day. Seriously, I’ve been like this since I was a child. I have a need to create, even if it’s just something simple, every day. That need has carried over into every aspect of my life and career. And really, the books are products of that need, but there’s a lot more, a purpose to the works themselves and that’s what my life has been about since I began the blog and the books and my persona.

I am Rollo Tomassi now. Don’t worry, I’m not legally changing my name. At first it was a clever online handle for me, and my real name is so white-bread generic it almost serves as a form of anonymity. Now it is me, and I’m okay with that.

Having said all of that, I’m considering a kind of semi-retirement from my primary career in the liquor and gaming promo business and applying myself more to writing and speaking. I’m already kind of doing this now since reaching a state of being financially anti-fragile. I’ll never fully retire from my brands so long as I have ownership percentages and creative decisions will need to be made. I’m not sure how this is going to look, but I find myself wanting to apply more of myself to writing, speaking, maybe doing some kind of podcast or terrestrial radio show. I feel like I need to do this now with my 50s ahead of me and more potential to do good in the world with what I have and the time I hope I have left.

In the comments today I was hoping to see what my peers thought of all this. I hope it’s not to navel gazy.


[–]microtry 193 points194 points  (2 children)

Happy Birthday Rollo. You have done for men what our archetypal fathers should have done for us, but failed.

May you live another 50.

[–]VickVaseline 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Our archetypal fathers did do all this for us -- we have simply forgotten.

[–]your_inner_asshole 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Indeed. 50 is pretty fucking awesome.

[–]1grogbottle 43 points44 points  (11 children)

Aristotle was great guidance for me, the father I never had. One of the deepest lessons I took from him was that to know what is good, one first must be excellent at telling good from bad.

It is almost a necessity that only in your later life you find something genuinely worth something to you. Before that, few of us have the innate sense of what is worthy, what is desirable, what is enjoyable, what is fulfilling.

Good on you having found that out. It took me thirty years to figure out that I enjoy dissecting with my mind, and working with my hands. I love hearing laughter. I adore, well, being adored.

And so my greatest fear is similar- losing my faculties. Being unable to think and act. I've thought long and hard about it, and I'm going to end my life on my own terms if it ever becomes an issue. If that is ever taken away from me, I am, essentially dead; the death is merely a formality.

To reflect is an essential part of the good life. But just like everything- another Aristotelian concept- it is best partaken of in moderation. There is a time to reflect, a time to share; then there is a time to act, to pursue, to quest. And you can only live a good life if you know when it is best to do each of these things.

[–]swordshab 7 points8 points  (4 children)

Got any Aristotle book recommendations?

[–]1yeahmaybe2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Aristotle for Everybody: Difficult Thought Made Easy: Mortimer J. Adler.

https://www.amazon.com/Aristotle-Everybody-Difficult-Thought-Made/dp/0684838230

I've had this book for over 20 years and have read it at least 3 times, highly recommend.

[–]1grogbottle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I recommend the Nicomachean Ethics. Martin Ostwald's translation is accessible and faithful.

[–]1z1z2x2x3c3c4v4v 2 points3 points  (3 children)

and I'm going to end my life on my own terms if it ever becomes an issue

I have thought about this too, but not in a dark way. I want to go out with a bang. Sell everything I can, get out as many loans as I can, max out every credit card...and throw the largest fucking party I ever had. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll, until I drop.

If the hookers, alcohol, and drugs don't kill me, then I didn't party hard enough! Thats my plan anyway.

Why die in a hospice or attached to a bunch of machines in a hospital, forcing something that is only going to happen soon enough anyway...

[–]3whatsthisgarg 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I want to go out with a bang. Sell everything I can, get out as many loans as I can, max out every credit card...

that is a terrible idea

Sex, drugs, and rock and roll, until I drop.

that is a great idea. And yes it is a feasible way to live. I've been doing it for decades. I just do not understand the appeal of the office job and the boring life.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I don't see why that's a terrible idea. His creditors can't come after a dead man. Plus, he won't be the first person to do that. Plenty of people took out loans and maxed out credit cards before their death.

[–]3whatsthisgarg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

loans and maxed out credit cards before their death.

Just because it doesn't seem like a sure thing. Also, I didn't take him literally, but if you do "throw a big party" you'll probably want to not die, you know?

But like I said, I agree with the sentiment, life is for having fun right up to the end, and I definitely will not be dying in a hospital if I can help it. I'm going to take a walk in the woods with my .357

[–]SaintHolland 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I just started reading Rhetoric by Aristotle and it's life changing. I didn't realise how little I knew. Aristotle defines things like happiness, success, prosperity, and it feels like I'm only now starting to comprehend the nuts and bolts of life.

Was that your experience? What is your favourite work by Aristotle?

[–]1grogbottle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes, that was my experience as well. My favourite was by far the Nicomachean Ethics. He explores the origins of desire and of morality. He argues that the best course of action is always dependent on the circumstances. To be the best you can be, you need to both have the experience, knowledge, and skills to do what you think should be done, as well as the wisdom to determine what is right. So go out, do things, and gain experience.

 

All other moralities are cowardly. They say, "do this, because we say it is right". Only Aristotle tells you, "do what you do because you think it is right. It is your responsibility". That is one of the key parts of a RP life, as I see it: taking the responsibility to determine what is good in life.

 

The best recommendation for Aristotle comes not from me, but from ancient history: Alexander the Great was tutored by none other than Aristotle.

[–]monadyne 26 points27 points  (1 child)

I hope you choose to move beyond your current business ventures and devote your time and energy to writing and speaking for one simple reason: your efforts will have a far more profound effect upon the life of the world. Many people could do your liquor and gaming promo work (even if not as well as you do it) but no one other than you can produce Rollo Tomassi material, written or spoken. Your words are truly inspirational, and have changed many people for the better.

I wrote a book about a certain health issue and published it on Amazon.com (and I also give away free downloads of it to those who can't afford to buy a hard copy.) I've received a few emails that said, in essence, "Thank you! Your book saved my life!" Nobody who availed themselves of my services as a computer consultant ever said, "Thank you! Your recommendations about implementing a network saved my life!"

[–]pizzalover24 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thank you! Your book saved my life!" Nobody who availed themselves of my services as a computer consultant ever said, "Thank you! Your recommendations about implementing a network saved my life!"

Being complemented on the book made the ego feel eternal. That your influence post-death would live on through the life of another. But being complemented on the network only temporarily raised the ego.

[–]Senior Contributor: "The Court Jester"GayLubeOil 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Don't worry Rollo these next 20 years are going to be so fucking crazy, your mind will be so stimulated from all of the social and political upheavel that it will literally be impossible to get Alzheimers

[–]Endorsed ContributorAuvergnat 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I am Rollo Tomassi now. Don’t worry, I’m not legally changing my name. At first it was a clever online handle for me, and my real name is so white-bread generic it almost serves as a form of anonymity. Now it is me, and I’m okay with that.

It's funny to imagine you have another, real name. I can't imagine you as M. Steve Smith or a Thomas Anderson.

Happy to hear you'll be focusing more and more on helping men in this decaying society. I recently heard of a friend of a friend trying to commit suicide, following a nasty divorce, as per usual now. It made my blood boil to think that I have in my possession the (free) cure to that widespread mental illness that is modern men's unhappiness, and to not be able to give it away easily.

I humbly recommend Steven Pinker's "Sense of Style" as a resource to keep improving your writing. It's not that you don't write well; Only that self-improvement never ends.

Happy birthday old man. And thank you again for your insanely positive influence in my life.

[–]3LiveAFTSOV 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The amount of effort and knowledge you give out freely is a testament to your character. You're not in this for the profits like a PUA guru - you're out here trying to make the world a better place for your fellow man. I thank you for it.

And you don't even ask for much in return.

Happy birthday, ya generous old genius.

[–]FarfromaHero40 9 points10 points  (0 children)

How is man measured? His legacy.

I'd argue quality (experiences, women, friends) over quantity. Same with accomplishments and so on. Thanks for the years of teaching - it's helped me significantly coping with young adulthood and becoming a man.

Likewise the measure of a good teacher is not just how many students he influences, but the quality of the message. When those quality students become influential themselves, you've really "changed the world." A legacy.

[–]alltrueism 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I think we should all reflect on our benchmarks in life. I imagine myself sitting down in 5 years(40 trips around the sun), having a glass of whatever, and asking myself, "did I do enough? Am I thriving or surviving?"

Time to revisit my 5 year plan..

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[–]3LiveAFTSOV 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Your work has been so comprehensive that I do not think there is anything “new” in the manosphere that you have not covered in some way or another.

Well said, and ditto.

[–]Chaddeus_Rex 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Perhaps u/Rollo-Tomassi will ignore this or discount it, but I hope it strikes a chord.

There is a growing body of evidence that indicates Alzheimer's disease is "Type III Diabetes" which is characterized by the resistance of neural tissue to insulin (similar how other tissues become insulin-resistant in Type II Diabetes). Here is more information on the subject here, here, here here and here.

If we take the above premise to be true, that Alzheimer's Disease is in fact Type III Diabetes (or a brain specific form of diabetes), then it follows that similar treatments will work on preventing Alzheimer's onset (maybe even reversing it) that work on preventing Type II Diabetes onset - namely exercise.65219-1/abstract) There seems to be evidence which indicates that light exercise improves the symptoms of AD patients.

Studies indicate that even a little bit of cardio is sufficient to increase the size of the hippocampus (responsible for memory) which is the first area to be affected in Alzheimer's Disease (AD). Though, I am convinced that the same holds true for lifting.

Lessons Learned

Exercise is necessary not only for the purposes of improving SMV, but it is also a necessary component of good health and can prevent the onset of debilitating diseases such as Diabetes or AD. Also, from the studies that I linked, even a small amount of exercise (60-150 min/WEEK of exercise) is enough to reverse or attenuate AD.

Further Thoughts

From these studies, a few things follow:

  1. If you have AD or Diabetes that runs in your family, PREVENTITIVE exercise is not only necessary it is VITAL for you.

  2. If you are in your 40's and 50's and have not irrevocably destroyed your health, it is more vital than ever to start exercising and eating well as it will not only decrease the chances of you getting severe chronic disease like Diabetes and AD, it will also decrease your chances of acquiring diseases such as Arthritis, will slow progressive age related muscle loss (sarcopenia) and will give you longer and better quality of health in old age. Why would anyone not want that?

  3. If you are still young (in your 20's or younger) physical exercise is a NECESSITY and should be incorporated into your daily regimen and become a habit - as its effects are far more far reaching than just improving SMV. If you don't exercise for girls, then at least do it so that you can bang grandma's your own age at 70.

  4. It is all well and good to strive to do more before AD hits you but it is vital to understand that AD can be prevented and/or attenuated by lifestyle changes.

EDIT: The above link for Mayoclinic was broken due to the hyperlinking system on reddit. So here it is:

http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(11)65219-1/abstract

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I am convinced that the same holds true for lifting.

I'm guessing you're right.

For us older guys, Lift Like Your Life Depends On It might be exactly right.

[–]Gozsayin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm like your post but at 22 I'm not sure I can even hope to answer but I will try. I have found that most people wan to leave a stamp . A book , a will, a country something that said I was here and I mattered. The only problem is most people don't get to see just how there lives have or will effect people in the long run. That one of the great things about this forum u get instant feedback. At 50 Rollo you have done more for men and (*women) than most could ever have hoped for.

[–]zattraction 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Bodybuilders peak way beyond 25-26, but I guess strength is not always related to size / aesthetics?

[–]SKRedPill 0 points1 point  (0 children)

His chart doesn't cover the impact of self improvement though.

[–]Eulerbrah 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yesterday I finished The Rational Male. I can’t thank you enough, Rollo. Truly inspiring.

[–]TheRationalMale.comRollo-Tomassi[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you for that. I'm glad you could benefit from it.

[–]SKRedPill 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There's a 4th book coming in the future!

And congratulations on turning 50! To cut short a wall of text, your writings opened my eyes to what was happening. I now get it why the lives of so many around me (and my own) turned out the way they did, why society worked in a certain manner and where we're headed for at this rate. Most importantly, it told me where I had to improve myself.

Although many of these truths were known since antiquity in the form of stories and nuggets, no one to my knowledge expressed them in modern times as precisely as you do. To think that something as obvious as what it meant to be masculine was at one point headed for obscurity.

50 ain't nearly old mate... there's a long way to go. Don't forget the yoga, meditation, lifting, the cardio, the mindset and your Vitamin K2!

[–]Endorsed Contributorredpillbanana 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Happy Birthday Rollo.

I do hope you make the pivot towards writing and speaking.

Imagine how much poorer the world would have been if Carl Sagan hadn't made a similar pivot from planetary science to science educator.

Whichever direction you decide to take, I wish you the best and thank you for all the insights you've given me. Good luck and I hope you're able to outrun that Alzheimer's demon.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Happy Birthday Rollo,

Glad to hear you say Mission not fully accomplished and I look forward to more of your wisdom

[–]PhilPhilWang 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There's a saying that goes something like, when you're young you care about what everyone thinks of you, then you get a bit older and you stop caring what anyone thinks, finally you realise that nobody was ever paying any mind about you in the first place.

[–]Senior Endorsed ContributorRian_Stone 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Funny. Mine died of lung cancer at 54, I was 18. Weird to think of you at being his age.

Didn't accomplish shit either.

[–]deama15 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I’m kind of scared of the future in a way. My Dad died from Alzheimers/Dementia just shy of his 73rd birthday in 2010.

Might wanna stop lifting then, and eat less, a lot less, especially proteins.

[–]sidmeister 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Why? Does lifting lead to accelerated symptoms of Alzheimer’s/ Dementia?

[–]deama15 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well, you won't be eating much, especially protein, so not much point in lifting.

[–]aspinningcircle 1 point2 points  (6 children)

In the autobiography of Steve Jobs it was obvious to everyone that once he acknowledged he was going to die early he started pushing the limits of what he wanted to get done before he went out. Consequently we got all of these great innovations in a relatively short time. Look at Apple’s “innovations” today. *I’ve only ever used Macs, even when they weren’t cool.

It's tricky.

I think the best idea is to work to live, not live to work.

I think Steve Jobs was a fool.

He gave up his only life to make a bunch of consumerish crap that won't be used in 10 years much less 50.

Meanwhile, how much time did he spend actually enjoying life? How many books did he read, how many deep conversations with friends did he have, how close was he with his mother, father, kids, wife?

To me, there's few greater failures at life than Steve Jobs. He missed the boat entirely.

[–]You_Know_This_MAN 1 point2 points  (4 children)

He helped pave the way for the technology we use today. So what if what he made won't be used in 10/20 years. What we use in 5, 10, 15 years will be technology that progressed from that which came before it. Nobody uses old technology, Not many people still play Atari but that doesn't mean it wasn't pivotal in the development of newer gaming systems. Same thing can be said for what Apple has done for computing. That's his legacy.

[–]aspinningcircle 0 points1 point  (3 children)

I see your point. What he did moved the ball forward.

This is true.

Still, if you knew you were going to die in 5 years, would you really spend all your time working???

To me it seems not too wise.

Comparing yourself to others is flawed because your data can never be complete.

You can see cars, houses, cloths. But you can't see connections, bonds, experiences.

Someone who took care of their dying mom in the final years vs someone who owns a Porsche 911.

Which is more successful?

This is why people say it's foolish to compare yourself to others. The data you're looking at can never be complete.

[–]El_Reconquista 0 points1 point  (0 children)

https://youtu.be/UF8uR6Z6KLc

You seem horribly misinformed on Steve Jobs. Most of these successful types in general are not motivated by just money, and the way you talk makes you sound like a left wing soy boy who's been brainwashed to think money and hard work doesn't matter.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think Steve Jobs was a fool.

I agree. He had a direct hand in ruining women. That alone makes him a fool.

[–]DouglasPR 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hey, Thank you everything! Have you considered writing a fiction (ish) book or a novel, in the line of Mario Puzo's 'Fools Die'? Mixing your experience and RP insights? What a book it would be, and what a movie!

[–]Ramp_Up_Then_Dump 0 points1 point  (0 children)

These are the peaks because after these peaks, they always reduce.

For example: why bone mass is highest at 30? Because untill 30, we build faster than destroying it. After 30 we will lose more..

Time since I woke up feels longer than my past, time runs fast.

[–]BlackCraneStoic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Though I care little for his interjections The Joe Rogan Podcast might serve as an excellent podcast platform since literally millions listen to him on a regular basis. It'd be amazing to hear you on it Rollo if it's something you're interested in.

[–]Bisuboy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Happy birthday. Let's hope that Alzheimer's and dementia will be solved within the next 10-15 years.

[–]Minhha0510 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Happy birthday Rollo! Your writing is satisfying to read. It’s a mix between a cold hard truth from reality and a poetic flow. I sense fulfilment every-time I read your new blogspot. I’m very happy to hear you switching to writing and speaking full time.

[–]1scissor_me_timbers00 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nice man. Your thinking is top shelf in the manosphere. Well reasoned, clear eyed, well laid out. Guys like Heartiste are entertaining and have good insights, but your stuff is the most meaty and rational. I’m actually embarking on the call to write as well. Starting my blog here soon. So I understand your sentiment of the need to write and get your ideas formulated and expressed properly.

[–]justicecantakeanap 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Happy Birthday and, don't get me wrong please

Damn you for showing me how all of this thing of life works

also

Thank you for showing me how all of this thing of life works.

But mostly, thank you.

[–]YaseenNoorani 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Rational Male is a book that spoke to me. For it's influence on me it is in the same bracket as Meditatons and the 4 LOP. You have done a lot for me and many many men out there by showing part of the world's landscape as it really is. Thank you very much Rollo

[–]n0oo7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought allot of world strongest man competitors are over 30. I thought you get the best muscles after 30 and the best speed before it.

[–]1z1z2x2x3c3c4v4v 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had a friend who recently died from cancer. On his death bed he grabbed my hand told me to never have any regrets, do everything you want to do in this life, now, because you never know when the grim reaper will come knocking...lol He was a jokster right to the end.

I took what he said to heart, and will tell myself and everyone else to never wait, to never hesitate. Use everyday to its fullest, never put off till tomorrow what you can do today, because you could be dead tomorrow.

This helps push the decision sometimes to approach, to ask for that raise, or to just take a risk sometimes.

"A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week" said Gen Patton.

Never before has the message no not hesitate and just go for it been any clearer in my life and a part of my mission. And I, too, had to wait until my 40s to get that message...

So while I am not afraid of dying, I am afraid of not finishing my objectives, and will push each day, each precious day, to contribute just a bit more to them.

[–]red_matrix 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The world needs you now more than ever! Thanks again!

[–]RedditDogX 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Happy 50th Rollo!

[–]Bearhardy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You are one of the pillars of this "thing" I don't see how you doing more to express your ideas and points of view to us could do harm in any way.

Happy birthday and thank you for everything, your writings inspired a generation of people worldwide and for that I must say: gracias totales!

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I hope it’s not to navel gazy.

I'm slightly drunk but I can still write and revise like a pro. I'm taking some time away from sending beta messages on POF experimenting with the attachment theory psychology to let you know that you've got a typo.

[–]oldrunnerguy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Welcome to the club, I will be hitting 55 myself in a few days. Birthdays do have a tendency to make you reflect on what you think you could accomplish or should have accomplished.

As men, I think we all appreciate what you, as Rollo Tomassi, so eloquently decipher for us. I certainly could have used this information 30 years ago, however, I still can use it to help out my son so that he can have better relationships than his dad did.

Saturday, I went hiking with him. He is 23 and recently graduated from college. It gave us a great opportunity to talk. I feel that now, thanks in part to your blog and books, I can give him a little more information on relational dynamics and hopefully it will steer him into a more fulfilling relationship than I ever had with his mom. Happy Birthday Rollo. And again thanks!!

[–]tolerantman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late." - Benjamin Franklin

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Happy 50th mate, but above all-thank you.

[–]10xdada 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"It wasn't until his early to mid-forties that he really began the work that would materially change the lives of 260,000 men. But his true impact was by extension, in the effects he had on the family lives of those men, and in particular how the children of those men would experience their fathers - all by the date of his 50th birthday."

[–]Alpha_Jedi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Happy Birthday sir. Thanks for what you've done and the people you've helped so far, and for the people you will help in the future. We should always be striving to push our limits and every now and again we get reminders of how limited our time here is. I hope you crush your to do list. Cheers.

[–]InquisitiveCamel33 0 points1 point  (1 child)

You can continue to get stronger through your mid 30s naturally.

25-26 is when you should reach your athletic peak but that's not the same thing as strength.

[–]1scissor_me_timbers00 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah 25-26 is where your strength and spryness are both very high. You’re more spry younger, but not quite as strong. You’re stronger older, but not as spry. I’m almost 30 and I can definitely feel a decrease in how spry I feel. However I’m strongest I’ve ever been, benching 315. At 25-26 I was benching 275.

[–]dennislearysbastard -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

You talk like you're dying right now. So are the rest of us. The best of us make young men to replace the last of us