I’d say it was some sort of mid-life crisis, but it’s FAR too early for that. What? I’m totally going to live to be over 100. We German farm girls are tough old broads. I’ll be dragging my wheeled shopping cart around this town into the next century, you mark my words.
- “Athletic” implies a certain innate competence. I imagine that naturally athletic folks enjoy challenging themselves physically. The best I can hope for is a certain grim satisfaction…which doesn’t seem quite the same thing.
- Athletic folks are also prone to many jaunty, athletic-y activities…tennis and swimming and hiking and the like. This does not describe someone who considers the single greatest technological advance of our time to be Netflix on Demand.
- Truly athletic people are also concerned with their bodies in a more holistic way. They consider their meals healthy if they fit the proper protein/carb/fat ratios and not because, you know, these cookies have oatmeal in them.
So “athletic” is out. I’m considering alternatives, like “determined” or “persistent” or “goal-oriented.” But just between you and me, I’m afraid that we already know the winner…