So You Think You Live With Pressure? Here's QB Peyton Manning On The Subject

Peyton Manning is an authority on the subject, considering how many times he and fellow QB’s get sacked every Sunday. “Pressure is something you feel when you don’t know what the hell you’re doing.”

Chances are you know that feeling well. Especially when you’re young and inexperienced. Seems the British Psychology Association had that in mind last month when they officially redefined the-end of- adolescence as 25 not the previous mark of 18. Psychologist Laverne Antrobus said: “The idea that suddenly at 18 you’re an adult doesn’t quite ring true.”

Looking back, at 18 I was fairly sure I had all the answers; it’s only decades later I realized I didn’t even understand all the questions. I suppose you can attribute maturity to your education…your genetics….or your years of the finger-on-the-hot-stove lessons. Whatever you decide will probably be largely governed by how young or old you are at the moment.

At this particular moment, two out of three incoming Harvard Freshmen are virgins according to a survey by the campus newspaper The Harvard Crimson. At your age you may call that a lie. At my age I call it smart.

Either way, here’s the peculiar thing about growing smarter as you grow older. It sure doesn’t always work out that way, does it. Recently the London newspaper The Guardian crunched some numbers regarding the number of young Americans killed in all the wars the old Americans sent them off to fight. According to government statistics, since 1776 that total exceeds 1.17 million.

How can so many old men have allowed so many young men to lose their lives so prematurely…? Chances are you don’t have to be 25 yet to guess the sad answers, for they just keep coming. There must be a better way to manage our pressures without killing someone. Only as of 2013 no one, young or old, has found it.

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