There comes a time in everyone’s life when they’re forced to give up on something that they love. For example, growing up, I was always very serious about basketball. It was my entire life. I ate, slept, and breathed basketball from the time I got up in the morning until the time I sunk my last jumper and went to bed.
However, I was also realistic about it. By the time I hit 16 and my stack of Division 1 college recruitment letters was about as high as my stack of Nobel Peace Prizes, I knew that I wasn’t going to be an NBA All-Star. It was then that I gave up on my dream of being a pro athlete, because I didn’t want to be the delusional 24-year-old sending highlight tapes to pro teams.
Which is to say, sometimes you need to say “enough is enough” on important aspects of your life. These are the ages you should throw in the towel for pretty much everything.