i'm 28, and lately i have been feeling like, 27 was as young as i will ever be, the last year that i could claim to be young, from here on i can no longer consider myself young, i will no longer belong to the same crowd as the 17 or 21 years olds of the world, i am in a different age group now, and i will feel old from now until my death, it's all downhill from here.
look at all the very best sport stars or celebrities or successful professionals, most of them did their best work, became a legend, created a legacy and became rich and famous before they reach 25.
i don't know, maybe it's because i really haven't accompllished anything by this age and i didn't live life to the fullest while i was younger, don't really have any memories to look back on, and that makes me feel crap.
i just feel no matter who you are, even the rich and famous, your best years are before 28, after that you might as well be dead because it will never get as good as age 14 to 27.
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You feelings are derived from your own observations. I have seen people achieve great things after the age of 30, sometimes in their 40's and their 50's. The people that you used in your example (athletes and celebrities) are not a reason to put you down. Why? Because the nature of their profession requires them to start working at an early age, for they become less likely to be employed and work effectively as they age.
I had a psychology professor explain this to us once, back in university. He explained the nature of human beings (beginning with our ancestors, thousands of years ago) and how they always rely on comparisons for assessments. In early times, you had 5-10 peers at most (a peer is someone of your own gender, + or - 5 years in age), so when someone compared himself/herself against his/her peers, (s) he'd have found at least one thing that (s) he did better than the rest. Meaning, they were able to recognize their value and contribution to society (ex: best hunter, best fighter, best farmer, best cook, strongest, etc..). Nowadays, however, we are exposed to the entire world by pressing a button on our keyboards. The amount of peers that you have today is astronomical, and given our natural instinct to compare ourselves against them, you always find yourself worthless or less successful. The professor also talked about the fight-or-flight effect that helped us survive back then, but today reading the news of the entire world makes us tense and depressed all the time, for no reason. But that's slightly irrelevant to the topic of your post.
What should we do then? :- /
- You are placing too much importance on being successful, or becoming a legend. As if you are saying, the ones who never became legends were not good at anything and had no special talents of their own.
- Sports are, in my opinion, the stupidest thing to gather around or pay money to watch. I wouldn't pay those professionals a single dollar for what they are doing. Everyone plays sports, what is so special about those professionals? People's stupidity is what made them legends. So what if you are the best basketball player of all time? What exactly is your value? What changed because of you? Would the world be different had basketball never existed?
- I am a scientist, I do research and occasionally teach. If you were to pay me millions to become the best player of any sport, I would refuse. Things have the value that you give to them. So, find your own thing!0