There’s a line in the movie City Slickers where Billy Crystal says, “Did you ever reach a point in your life, where you say to yourself: ‘This is the best I’m ever going to look, the best I’m ever going to feel, the best I’m ever going to do,’ and it ain’t that great?” it was his birthday and he felt depressed.
Most days I feel a little like this, but this weekend everything changed all by watching golf on TV.
Phil Mickelson has always been my favorite golfer. I always rooted for him. He’s now 50 years old, and his best days are probably past. But this weekend he did the unthinkable. He turned back the hands of Father Time and won a major golf championship. The oldest man to ever accomplish this.
As I sat there in awe, I thought to myself maybe my best days are not past me. Maybe I’m just getting started also.
There are so many things that you can do in life that can be regarded as successful. Owning a home, having a great family, buying a car, starting your own business. Everyone has different goals to strive for.
I look at my life and it has been a success for the most part. I have a nice home, two boys who don’t listen to me, and a wife that wishes I had a job that required me to take months-long business trips back to back.
So I ask myself those questions: “Is this the best I’m ever going to look?”? Easy answer, I never looked good so, yes, it’s the best I’ll ever look. As you know, I’ve had health issues in the past. I currently feel great, so, yes, this is the best I’m going to feel.
The biggest and hardest question is: “Is this the best I’m going to do?”. In the movie, he was talking about his profession. Watching Golf on Sunday, it was probably the pinnacle that Phil won’t ever feel again.
For me to answer this question, I like to think about what I enjoy being the best at in my life. So, no, it’s not the best I’m ever going to be as a father. I want more challenges, more moments with my boys that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.
The answer is no, it’s not the best I can be as a husband. I can annoy my wife a hell of a lot more than I’m currently doing. In fact, get me a MAGA hat and a can of baked beans.
In regards to work, playing golf, and other things I enjoy and are a part of my everyday life. I may have a few more strides in these old legs still. Just like my main man, Phil Mickelson did this weekend. It showed everyone us old-timers still have a lot left in the tank. Just one more reason I shed a little tear when he sank that last putt for a championship.
Native New Yorker, now living in Connecticut. Husband, and father of two amazing boys. Kidney transplant recipient, and a big supporter of organ donation #donatelife. Mortgage banker, but not by choice. In my free time, I enjoy golf, reading (especially presidential biographies), and finding that hole in the wall restaurant that has great food.