A cliché is defined as “a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.” They’re overplayed, overused and thought of as a nuisance to your time. The thing about clichés, though, is that they are true.

Case in point…”age is just a number.”

In my life, I’ve never feared getting older. There were periods of time that I would long for the next day or wish I could have back the previous day, but at the end of the day, I’ve always been content with who I am and the life I was/am leading.

By no means do I want to get older any faster than the naturally deemed pace of one day at a time, but when I look at older, successful, more experienced people, I’m at an automatic disposition of respect and admiration. I used to fear my scars, cauliflower ear and physical imperfections, but I’ve shifted that focus to appreciating the significance each one has played in my evolution. In due time, I’m committed to being that older, successful, weathered and scarred man that some young kid looks up to in admiration for having lived a full life.

I want to do a lot of things in my next 35 years (God willing), and if I had to boil it down to two driving factors in my motivation, they would be: relationships and experiences. I want to form as many awesome relationships as possible by inspiring and teaching people, and I want to provide awesome experiences for the people around me, especially my family and friends.

Sure, I have some gray hairs intermingling themselves amongst the luscious dark curls I have on my head, and just like everything else, I’ll own it .

Own it, too.


PS Here is a recent podcast episode from my time on Hustle to Greatness.

PPS Here’s a recent article I had posted on the USA Wrestling website: “The Spaniard’s” 9 Takeaways from a Life of Wrestling”