I am 69 years old. I mention this because it explains where I am at, and I want to discuss how priorities change over the years. Not completely, but what is most important to you at age 20 or so is not the same as what you value most at age 40, 50, 60, or even (gulp) 70!
Some things do stay the same, at least if you have chosen your priorities wisely. Health and fitness were always important to me, although organized sports never were. I was into cross country and track in high school, and music was also important. I was a skinny kid, and so weight lifting, and then body building became important in my college days. Good nutrition became paramount then, since you can’t build up from bad food. I loved how good I felt!
I was never motivated by money, for good or ill. I don’t say it’s good or bad, but for me money just wasn’t ‘it’. Not my raison detre, or reason for being. I loved reading and literature, philosophy, music and only desired to earn money by honest physical labor. Most of my peers back in the 1970’s were into business, and earning as much as possible, and how was far more important than why!
Fast forward to now; I hope you’re not bored. I’m going to make a point, rest assured pilgrim…
I still train pretty much daily. But now, my goal is not so much to be bigger and stronger (through the 50’s that was kind of a constant), but to be healthy. VERY healthy- bulletproof really! Not just me, but my tribe and family- healthy and fit, mentally and physically- thriving in every way. Spiritually, mentally, physically: (just like in the Wizard of Oz), when the munchkins are determining whether or not the witch is truly dead!
At 69, I want myself, and all about me, to be immune. Safe from all disease, all frailties of aging, and above all free from captivity to the medical clinic paradigm of disease treatment!
I want to remain free of disease, aches and pains, and mainly free from the medications, operations, and many other plagues of modern medicine! And I am increasingly convinced that medical treatments themselves are some of the most horrific aspects of modern life and aging!
My mother’s brother, Uncle Bob, just celebrated his 99th birthday last week. He celebrated by playing in his band, and dancing with his daughter and grand daughters. He only went to the doctor once in his life, when he enlisted in the army during WW2. No vaccines ever, and he can do anything that I can do today- he posed for his latest family photo (he has 12 children), sitting cross-legged in front of them all!
This is my role model. (My mom is 95, and independent at home), while Aunt Janie is 98 in a few weeks, and takes no prescription drugs at all. I believe Uncle Bob should be the role model for us all.
So Uncle Bob and his siblings are winners in life. Bulletproof! And that is where I am heading as well, and I hope you too will follow along.
My workouts now are brief, yet intense. I workout in the early mornings in front of the TV (as I often say), and that keeps me completely faithful. Who would miss a workout when that is the only time I allow myself to watch movies and news? At least one half of my morning workout is stretching, since as you age that becomes ever more important. But it also includes sit ups, virtual resistance flexing, rebounding, self-resisted exercises and isometrics, and pushups.
I have a rural property, (by design), and my mornings are usually taken up with yard work, snow plowing, mowing, gardening, cutting wood, and all the other satisfying yet demanding physical work of country liv