Am I too old for this?

I’m looking for a new teacher.

Not for meditation. (I’ve got one already.)

Not to learn a new language.

But to rekindle a childhood dream.

Learning how to make beats. Hip-hop beats using Fruity Loops, to be precise.

Yup. Think The Neptunes, Timbaland and more recently Metro Boomin.

I’ve been talking about this idea for decades.

But when I saw this graph, I said to myself “Holy Sh*t, I gotta get moving.”

Full tweet via @camp4

So just like you look for a guitar instructor, I’m on the prowl for a “beat making coach.”

The Deferred Life Plan is too real

I recently surfed with a friend of mine. He’s in fantastic shape and just turned 50.

He has the normal nicks and bruises that come with age – but said something that really stuck with me.

“Khe, my triceps feel like they don’t work anymore.”

I’ve actually heard this from multiple surfers. Keep in mind, these dads are active, do yoga and barely drink.

But around 50, you start losing muscle mass in your entire body – and surfers really feel this loss in their triceps.

This REALLY impacts your ability to catch waves.

I say this because I used to be the guy that said, “I’ll learn how to surf when I retire.”

Imagine I had played that out… only to discover that I didn’t have the tricep strength to support the activity once I turned 60.

So back to the graph

Kevin Dahlstrom (the graph’s author) is a commensurate Post-Achievement professional.

(In fact, we were recently featured together in the Wall Street Journal.)

Even though he’s an avid rock climber, his post isn’t even referring to the rapidly declining tricep muscle.

He poses a simpler question:

Why does bold change get harder with age?

Dahlstorm (who is also an Examined Life podcast guest) lists the following “big pivots” from his 40s.

  • Quit my corporate job
  • Moved the family to Boulder
  • Started a business
  • Spent thousands of hours climbing

He reinforces the non-obvious truth that “There’s NEVER a convenient time to do bold, hard things.”

And with age, our inertia kicks in.

Our indecisiveness becomes the “new normal.”

Risk-aversion (or the fear of “rattling the cage”) increases.

And hence the status quo persists.

The best time to plant a tree

There’s an old proverb about playing long-term games.

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”

It’s true. The best time for me to learn beat-making was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

Stay tuned for my Soundcloud.

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