I was driving my mom’s car this afternoon and she had a talk radio station on. They were discussing Derek Jeter and his age. Jeter is 37 and as Michael Sokolove pointed out in this article in the New York Times, “Jeter is a decade older than Einstein was when he published the special theory of relativity, a decade older than Lindbergh when he set the Spirit of St. Louis down in Paris and 15 years older than Ted Williams when he batted .406 in 1941.” Obviously, Jeter is 37 and washed up.
The hard thing is I have two years on Jeter. Imagine what the radio guys would say about me! I’ve been reminded quite a few times in the last week that I am almost 40. My doctor reminded me and so did several people this weekend. But instead of feeling washed up I am giving myself two goals to accomplish before I turn the big 4-0 in 10 short months. Two goals that would be laughable to Jeter but mean a lot to me.
My first goal is to be published. Published in an old school kind of way – not the new digital and self publishing way. I’ve done the new way and I want to have something published in a magazine, paper or book before I turn 40. After that I will really be able to call myself a published writer. I had better get to work.
My second goal is to be bikini fit. Many would say I could wear a bikini now but just because I can doesn’t mean I should. I am not sure how I will achieve this goal. I thought about running a marathon but I know my feet can’t handle it. I could probably do a sprint triathlon but that doesn’t seem as monumental. And anyway, I really think I might drown during the swim part. I could Bikram my way to a bikini. Actually, right now I could just do yoga outside for the next two months instead of going to a Bikram studio. Who knows – maybe I will do one of those SEAL training programs. Somehow, next year will be the year of the bikini. (I apologize if this is too much information but no one is forcing you to read this.)
My goals are small and no one has signed me to a $51 million deal over the next three years. But my goals will put me in the position I want to be in for my next 40 years. And I guess Jeter’s contract will do the same for him.