In January I returned from a year-long deployment to Iraq. I was the oldest soldier among the 700 men and women in Task Force Diablo, an Army Aviation Battalion. I returned to the Army in 2007 after 23 years as a civilian.
For me, the best thing about getting older is that people my age can try anything. When I was a kid, 57 was older than dirt. Nobody that age raced bicycles, re-enlisted, or made plans to sky dive with his kids.
When I was in Iraq, almost every week someone in the Chow Hall would say "How old are you Sgt. Gussman?" The average age of the Army is 24 so I would say "Older than your mother." I was always right.
The fun is going to end some time. I hope it is not soon.