I turned 36 this weekend, and my early mid-life crisis — which I thought I had beat down over the past year and a half — returned.
Some friends and I, along with my wife, even went out dancing so that we’d all feel young, but it had the opposite effect. We didn’t know some of the new songs, there sure seemed to be a lot of 21 year olds, and by 11:45 we felt tired and ready to go home. : )
This morning, I read a passage that further pushed down my negative thinking. It comes from the once-secret book titled, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai – The book was written between 1709 to 1716.
And the passage reads:
“The resolution of the men of former times was deep. Those between the ages of thirteen and sixty went to the front lines. For this reason men of advanced years hid their age.”
So, by that reasoning, I still have 24 more years that I can expect to go to the front and swing a sword. And with that thought in mind, I’m going to go hit the pull up bar in my doorway.
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
P.S. I really appreciate everyone’s support of my books. Sold Out, the Marine Sniper/CIA thriller about Nick Woods, has gone as high as No. 64 in its genre. And Little Man, and the Dixon County War, a Western thriller that moves super fast, has gone as high as No. 57 in its genre.