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  • Martin Jarvis

Embracing Timeless Readiness: Living Beyond Age

A religious scripture suggests that people be "instant in season and out of season," meaning to be ready for anything, anytime—spiritually, emotionally, and physically. This principle has guided my life, culminating in an unexpected yet deeply fulfilling achievement. In November 2021, just four days before my 63rd birthday, I became a certified scuba diver. This wasn't a lifelong dream or a bucket list item; it was simply necessary because my 16-year-old daughter needed a diving partner. As Daddy’s little girl, I couldn't let her down.


Becoming a scuba diver at 63 was no small feat, especially considering such an endeavor's physical and mental demands. This achievement is a testament to the belief that age is just a number. We can defy expectations and accomplish incredible things with the right mindset and lifestyle. Too often, we unconsciously adopt our parents' and grandparents' behaviors and limitations, feeling and acting our age as they did. This generational mindset can be incredibly limiting.


To counteract this, I advocate for a healthy diet and daily exercise. These practices can significantly enhance your well-being and, to some extent, even reverse the aging process. If you are younger than me, there's no better time than now to start. The key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not to overwhelm yourself. Keep your goals accessible and enjoyable. Setting manageable targets and progressing gradually ensures long-term success and enjoyment. You are not alone in this journey, and I am here to support you.


For many years, I have been doing 40-minute cardio sessions most days. About few years ago, I decided to incorporate push-ups into my routine. Initially, I struggled to complete ten. So, I set a manageable goal: ten push-ups for two weeks, then five more every two weeks until I reached fifty. Now, I do fifty push-ups every morning.


It's time to end the generational misunderstanding that we must age according to societal expectations. Don't age before your time! Break free from stereotypes and live life to the fullest, regardless of age. Embrace the joy of living life to the fullest, breaking free from societal stereotypes about aging.


Life Application

You have the power to defy age and societal expectations. By adopting a healthy lifestyle and setting realistic, enjoyable goals, you can maintain physical and mental readiness at any age. Remember, age is just a number, and you can achieve remarkable things with the right mindset. You are in control of your age and your life.


Self-Assessment Questions

  1. Readiness: Are you prepared to face life's challenges spiritually, emotionally, and physically at any moment?

  2. Mindset: Do you believe that age is just a number, and are you willing to adopt a lifestyle that reflects this belief?

  3. Goals: Are your health and fitness goals accessible and enjoyable, ensuring long-term commitment and success?

  4. Generational Influence: Do you unconsciously adopt previous generations' limiting behaviors? How can you break free from these patterns?

  5. Living Fully: Are you living life to the fullest, free from societal stereotypes about aging? How can you embrace a more vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle?

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