Up and Coming… 1 Year Countdown
I was reading an article in Glamour magazine last week that really struck a chord/scared the crap out of me. It was about hitting the “quarter life crisis,” and while it was supposed to be an article about why turning 30 isn’t so bad, it made me pretty nervous. The woman wrote about how, at 25, she realized that whatever she did (published a book, became a CEO, struck it rich in the stock market, et cetera), she would no longer be doing it as an “up and comer.” That is, no one would be surprised at how young she was when she accomplished those tasks.
Being 24, that made me pretty nervous when it hit me that she was right. Since I was 12, I’ve been under the impression that I would “make it big.” Of course, at 12, I was going to make it big as a marine biologist, or maybe a detective, but that’s not the point. And I always thought it would come sooner, rather than later.
And in cycling it’s even worse. Heck, if you’re 17 and just getting your Pro license, you’re practically ancient. So at 24, there’s even more pressure on. So at 24 and only a Cat 3, I’m woefully behind the times. Thankfully, the women in cyclocross and triathlon tend to be a bit older, so I still have a chance.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is that I am in serious countdown mode: 340 days left before I am officially no longer an “up and comer” in any industry. This includes my racing, my writing and my career. So, with that being said, I have a whole lot to get done in the next 340 days. It’s gonna happen. And of course, I’ll be keeping you all updated on how it’s going.