If you don’t believe that you can get “younger” as you age, take a good look at my photos. I’m in my mid-50’s and I guarantee you that I could kick my younger self’s butt! I’m stronger, thinner, mentally sharper, I’m far more fun to be around and I’m having the time of my life. I know you can do the same. C’mon and join me!

About a year after I graduated college, my dad passed away unexpectedly, the day before his 61st birthday. His departure had an impact on me that I feel to this day. He worked hard, in high stress jobs, to make a better life for his family. He missed most of my baseball games and was often too tired when he got home from work to play catch. Growing up I heard him talk about all the things he was going to do when he retired, and given his years at the phone company, he’d be able to retire early. He told my mother about all the trips they were going to go on and all of the adventures they would have. Unfortunately, not exercising, being overweight and experiencing high levels of stress took a major toll on his body and a heart attack took his life before he could enjoy the fruits of his labor.

At the time of his death I was employed as a design engineer and attending night school to get a master’s degree. I was raised to be hard working and driven and that’s exactly what I am. My dad’s passing away, at a relatively young age, made me question what life was all about. I told myself that I wouldn’t go down the same path and that I would enjoy life more, but there I was, going down the exact same path, working long hours, not being there for my kids, overweight and taking blood pressure and cholesterol drugs. I was killing myself the same way my father did and I knew it. How did I let this happen? Knowing the price my Dad paid, how could I be recreating the same outcome? Looking back on it, it’s what all of my peers were doing and most still are, working long hours to make more money. I was caught up in the wave, I was doing exactly what successful people do and I was winning but I didn’t feel like a winner. The conflict of knowing the price I was paying and the eventual outcome of continuing on the same destructive path weighed heavily on me.

We are really good at pursuing our dreams but not so good at living them. When we achieve out goals we end up creating new dreams to chase and repeat the cycle until one day we realize that our time is up and wondering why we wasted so much of it. I saw my dad miss out on living his dreams and I see so many of my friends and family members going down the same path.

I’ve come a long way in the past few years and I want you to come along with me. I believe that reconnecting with that ageless inner child is the path to reversing the aging process both physically, and mentally.  Keep an open mind, try new things and above all else, have fun! If I can get you to act like a kid again, smile more and get out and play then my efforts will have been worth it.

In the words of The Terminator, “Come with me if you want to live.” You read that with Arnold’s accent, didn’t you?