Guys, you're going a lot better than me! I'm only 25 and I've found that since I hit 23 I've started to think a lot about falling off. It was about the time I was given a lot more responsibility at work an is directly linked to that - I was really concerned I'd fall and break an arm and not be able to meet my deadlines (which of course brings on THE END OF THE WORLD!). Throw in rheumatoid arthritis in both knees and elbows (had for years but it's getting noticeably worse), a bout of severe fatigue that lasted 6 months and bipolar depression (didn't appear until adulthood) and my riding can, on many days, be timid and poor...heck, it'll be completely pants. Some days I get on and deal with bucking/bolting/spooking and it all seems fun but other days my brain and body just don't want to play ball
Whether its me just being too stiff and sore to absorb movement, or too depressed to remember that I can actually ride OK, or just plain worried that I'll fall off and bring about the apocalypse, "age" has already started impacting on my riding. You guys are going great by comparison, keep up the fantastic work! Half of you can probably beat me in a race down to the end of the street...and have far more wisdom besides!