I just finished watching Space Cowboys…a classic movie that is over 15 years old. Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner are crazy old astronauts who were pulled from retirement for a rescue mission to repair an old soviet satellite.
Since I just turned 55 last week, I enjoyed this movie even 10x more than when it first came out. I found myself identifying with the characters now that I am so much closer to their age than I was when the movie came out!
The stars – as senior citizens – are constantly at odds with the younger astronauts they are training with. The generational gap is a constant tension, with Ensure drinks and Gerber baby food being sent back and forth at mealtime.
At this stage of life, I wish I could travel back in time and share some lessons with the younger version of myself…things like:
- Be patient with your career. Stop trying to get promoted beyond what you are capable of leading. There will come a day that you will yearn for the simpler times with less responsibility.
- Enjoy your youth. There will come a day when you will miss the ability to live without being tired and having every joint hurt when you move. Take good care of that body so that it will go the distance.
- Let go of that ego. There is nothing you need to prove to anybody. It is far better to learn to humble yourself to listen and learn from others, rather than going it on your own.
- Learn to show your love sooner. It is disappointing to look back at how I treated my family when I was young and immature. I wish I learned sooner how to show them how much they matter to me.
Perhaps its not too late to apply some of these thoughts today?
Thanks for listening.