Re: Athletes being your age
Wait until you are my age (35) and are at the age where pro sports players are retiring because they are a step slower and beginning to show gray hair.....That's depressing.
But I feel you what you are getting at, but don't beat yourself, up. What I do suggest is that if you have an interest in playing sports still, get involved in local rec sports. When I returned to graduate school, I regularly played intramural, volleyball, softball, soccer and racquetball, and I still get that great feeling of competition. Life isn't over at 24 even if you won't be doing it professionally. Just make sure that whatever you do decide to do you dedicate yourself fully and play hard on the side.
Quick add on: the only thing that upsets me about seeing young golden children succeed in sports is to see how much f'ing money they make and realizing that no matter how hard I work at my profession that kind of reward is closed to me. That pisses me off.