Weeping at 32

“Do you think,” said he, “I have not just cause to weep, when I consider that Alexander at my age had conquered so many nations, and I have all this time done nothing that is memorable?”

— Julius Caesar, as recounted by Plutarch in Parallel Lives

Caesar was 32 at the time of the quote. The same age of Alexander the Great when he died. Alexander had created the largest empire of his time. I turned 32 this year as well. While my ambitions are lower I understand the feelings of Caesar. It’s reassuring to know that even Julius Caesar had imposter syndrome and achieved his greatest exploits later in life.

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