Good reflections on how the more combative metaphors and behaviours (battle, fighting, winning) can change with experience and age.
From that very first day of my second time around, I challenged myself not to shift into that “win at any cost” mentality. That’s where the gift of age and experience came to my aid, even if my older body did not. Over the years I had learned that life was not a series of choices between winners and losers — I knew that way of seeing things to be oversimplified, if not dead wrong. You can be stronger than an ox, never miss a day of work, or swim your lungs out and, damn it, still die.
I could become a jerk again and focus on the end point, or I could accept that the journey is the destination – which I did.