I can remember days in my youth when my relationship with lifting was nothing but pure love/hate.
I can remember days of getting on the scale after weeks of big eating, and weighing the same, and then cursing the inanimate object as if it were its fault.
I can remember being stuck on a certain number of reps with a certain weight for months on end. Some of them still stick in my head from that time.
100 pounders in the incline db press for 8 reps
Clean and press 185 x 5
Incline Press 245 x 8
315 x 13 in the squat
I was not naturally strong at all. I wasn't that guy that deadlifted 585 the first time he really tried it, or benched 315 after three months of lifting. I can remember squatting 155 pounds for 8 reps and feeling like it was going to crush me. The first time I ever bench pressed, I was 14 and I could do the bar for 8 reps. Max.
I was 114 pounds. I couldn't squat the empty hack squat machine, couldn't do a chin up.
I look back now, and I'm glad that I was nothing, and came from nothing, in terms of lifting ability. It makes me appreciate the ability I have now more than the naturally gifted, I believe. I love to talk to other guys that came up the same way. We generally have a lot of great stories to share and laugh about, and have often traveled the same roads.
What I am getting at here is, I am a very average guy in terms of genetics. When you look at how my lifts have progressed by no means do anything about me scream "freak". I've added about 100 pounds to my deadlift in the last 10 years (650ish). About that to my squat too (635ish). My bench was good early on, I cheated up over 400 by the time I was 20 but shoulder problems put my bench in the shitter for the better part of the last 15 years. It's only been the last few years of getting it diagnosed properly and me figuring out how to train it properly that have put it back up over 400 consistently.
When I was younger I wanted it all right then. I wanted to look like Arnold and be able to lift like Kaz.
I accepted long ago that I will never look like Arnold or be as strong as Kaz, and it doesn't bother me one bit. I live in my own little lifting world where my own progress and goals and issues are my own. I don't really care what someone else does, or get jealous of their lifts or physique. My own path is my own, and worrying about what anyone/everyone else does doesn't effect it. So why put any emotional energy into it?
I don't. Not anymore. It's useless. Pointless.
Sometimes we get so caught up in our want of something, that we don't enjoy the journey to our destination. Like going on a trip somewhere you are so excited to get to, you may miss all sorts of things on the way there that are incredibly interesting because you are so narrowly focused on the end destination.
If you know that you're probably going to lift for the rest of your life, then be cognitive of that. Enjoy the journey, the progress, even when it seems like there isn't any. It's like investing money. Your returns may not be evident now, and sometimes you may even go backwards, but good decisions will eventually put money in the bank.
So enjoy the ride.