a strange thing to think about tai chi

In tai chi, seek not higher level of ability or accomplishment. These are only material measures. Seek higher awareness of possibilities, on one hand, and of what is at stake, on the other.

They say we receive a finite amount of energy at birth and, after that, only what we are able to gather from the air we breathe and the food we eat. So we must make the best with what we have been given and what we are able to harvest. Time is similar. We have only so much of it and, even if a few may transcend its boundaries, it is not a guarantee, only an opportunity.