Most older people have a time in their life that most of their cool stories seem to revolve around. The memories are crystal clear, slightly exaggerated, and paint their biggest accomplishments.
The time when they made a difference.
There is a lot of psychology behind why certain memories from our mid teens to around 30 remain vivid- brain development, social hierarchies, discovery, goal achievement, sense of identity, etc.- also known as the reminiscence bump.
Other people’s glory stories fascinate me, the first few times I hear them. Hearing the same story with a slight variance for the 20th time makes me want to throat punch them. It’s not that what they did wasn’t awesome. It’s because what they’ve done since isn’t so great and they’re stuck.
Remember Al Bundy’s “four touchdowns in a single game?” Yes, that.
Think about this… there are multiple decades of our lives between our “claim to fame” time and when we die. Possibly 50 or 60 years worth of opportunities for new memories, conquering, and stories.
So, here’s my proposal.
Instead of the “Glory Days”, let’s create “Glory Decades”. We’ll do something totally badass and memorable every decade of our lives.
Something that takes time to build, transform, or do. Something that’s hard. Something crazy worth our effort. And something that makes a difference.