There is no reason for you to apologise for your comment. Clearly there was no offence meant and I was in no way offended, you simply wrote what you felt. I wish that I were 33 again and could look forward to another 30 to 40 years of making photographs. I sure that you will achieve in photography more than you set out to do especially if you always look forward and work hard at it.
Your description of my being a "teddy bear" brought a smile to my face for my wife sometimes calls me Paddington after the bear for I wear lots of smocks instead of jackets.