Amidst all of the crazy things going on in the world, the winter Olympics started two weeks ago and now is nearing its end. It’s awesome to see everyone come together, forget about politics for a bit, and chant “USA! USA! USA!” in unison.

Every four years I turn into a self-proclaimed snowboarding expert, and 2018 is no different. I was proud to see America’s first gold medal was won by snowboarder Red Gerard, and several of the medals that came after were from snowboarders.

Growing up, I always wanted to skateboard. I was an avid Tony Hawk fan and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 defined a few years of my childhood. I tried friends’ skateboards a few times, and always about ended up breaking something. I didn’t really have the coordination to skateboard.

Year after year I asked for a skateboard, but year after year I was never lucky enough to receive one. As an adult, a few years back, I stole one out of my cousin’s garage (I wasn’t very sneaky and told him right after I took it). I used it once and it was still pretty evident that the lack of coordination followed me into my adult years.

It turns out I was better at skateboarding in a video game than I was in person.

In elementary school I remember listening to one of my classmates talk about snowboarding. I thought it was so cool that someone I knew actually snowboarded. I always thought snowboarding might be a bit easier since there are no wheels. I haven’t conducted research on this assumption though, because still, to this day, I’ve never been on a snowboard.

At 25, I feel like my days of learning how to snowboard or skateboard are pretty much over. I mean, 25 in athlete years is like being 75. But for two weeks every four years, I have visions of me shredding the slopes of Colorado with Shaun White.

In the last week I’ve found myself comparing my age to those of Olympic athletes. Red Gerard and Chloe Kim are both 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist. Not only am I impressed, I’m also very jealous. It’s easy to compare ourselves to others. I look at those two, both 8 years younger than me and think, ‘What have I done with my life? These kids just did more with there’s than I will ever do with mine.”

It’s human nature do to this. We as humans are always looking over at the neighbor’s yard and thinking that the grass looks a lot greener.

When I told this to a older man in my British Literature class last Tuesday he said, “The thing is, is that you’ll keep getting older, and they will keep winning gold medals at 17.”

I’ve thought about that for several days now. When I was 10, 17-year-olds were winning gold medals; when I was 17, other 17-year-olds where winning gold medals; and when I’m 70, 17-year- olds will still be winning gold medals.

I’ll be honest, if there’s one thing I hate in life, it’s getting older. I’m borderline obsessed with my age and every year I get worse. I’ve already got a mid-life crisis planned for my 30th birthday.

I know age is just a number and it doesn’t really define much as long as your health is good, but even at the Olympics it’s all they talk about. In the coverage of Shaun White winning gold it was brought up that he is 31 – like that means he’s about to die. So sometimes I need a good reminder that age is just a number and that all of us are capable of great things at any time of life.

I know I’m not the only person who freaks out about their age and sometimes I have to remind myself that 25 really isn’t very old at all. If you’re like me, you might need reminded that you’re not that old either so let me leave you with a few facts on people who have done awesome things after 17.

At age 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer.

At age 25, Mark Cuban was a bartender and slept on the floor of a shared apartment.

At age 28, J.K. Rowling was a suicidal single parent living on welfare.

At age 30, Oprah Winrey was between jobs.

At age 40, Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team, didn’t get the Editor-in-Chief position at Vouge, and designed her first dress.

At age 42, Alan Rickman quit his job and landed his first movie role.

At 77, John Glenn went to space.

At 78, Grandma Moses began painting.