You’re Not in High School Anymore

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Late last year, after work, I settled into my usual seat on the couch with a few of my friends.

After a few minutes of rowdiness, the noise in the room started to die down and someone blurted an ice breaker.

“Hey! What’s your proudest accomplishment in life?”

Since this particular room was comprised 100% of men, we naturally gravitated to sports.

And, since this particular group of men was comprised 100% of dads in their 30’s (including yours truly), we naturally gravitated to the glory days of high school or college.

Someone talked about conquering a massive opponent in college tennis.

Someone talked about a towering achievement in high school basketball.

Around the room, on it went.

As I watched people respond with a great story from their youth, I started trying to think of a recent example that I was really proud of.  Something in the last year.

My mind was blank.

Something in the last 3 years.  Flatline.

The last decade?  Crickets.

So when it was my turn to share I talked about high school football.  I was the starting center on a 5A state championship team in Texas my senior year.  We had a ton of press, were on a cereal box, and even featured in a Rolling Stone Magazine spread.

It seemed really cool at the time, but now, 16 years later, it seemed like a distant, hazy memory.  "Was that really the last time I did something that I was really proud of?"

I was Uncle Rico without the van.

I made a commitment right then and there to make 2016 the best year of my life.  A year where I would do something that I had never done before.

And that is my challenge to you:  make this year the best year of your life.  Pick a goal or an achievement that is more recent than something you did in high school.  Imagine the feeling of accomplishment as you achieve that goal.  Climb a mountain, run a race, write a book, wrestle an alligator, base jump off of the Empire State Building, start a business, build a house with your bare hands...

Something you can tell your kids about when they're older.

The "glory days" don't have to be in the past.

What do you think?

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