I was in college when I first realized it: I would never pitch in the World Series. Never, never ever. At 20, I was far too old to begin practicing and reach the level required for the Majors. If I began practicing at 20, you see, it would take decades to reach the 10,000 hours required to master the art of baseball. And at 40, I would be too old to be a rookie.
With each passing year, I became aware of more and more occupations forever lost to me. “It’s a young man’s game,” the saying goes, but has anyone sat down to make a list of all the careers that are the provenance of the young?
Now I have. Without further ado, here are the young man/young woman’s games.
British Ultimate Frisbee
syndicated humor columnist
Fox News correspondent
owner of a secondhand bookstore in Paris
McDonald’s store manager
CFO for KFC
King’s poison tester
trash can designer
professional video game tester