Never Leave The Playground: Introducing Play Master, Stephen Jepson

Discover the guiding philosophy of play master, Stephen Jepson, that allows him to stay mentally sharp, physically active, and joyfully exuberant into old age.

I want to introduce you to 71-year old Stephen Jepson, who by all accounts, is a play master and one who has found a path to health, longevity, and joy that I think a lot of people will identify with. This man, though relatively unknown in the world of health, fitness, and play, is incredibly inspiring to say the least.

Below, you’ll find a video of him demonstrating a lot of different physical training ideas that he uses in and around his physical living paradise (aka his home). There are tons of training possibilities shared and hinted at in this short clip. But more important than the actual techniques, pay attention to the philosophy behind Stephen’s lifestyle because therein lies the secret that so many people spend their entire lives searching for and never find.

This is a glimpse into one man’s journey on the path toward physical mastery. Don’t miss it, folks.

I think what strikes me most about Stephen is that he clearly has a passion for what he does – even the little things – and that passion is likely fueled from a burning desire to live life to its fullest. The mindset that propels his imagination, creativity, and playful curiosity about the world serves him well (not to mention that he seems like a really sharp guy).

I would dare say that, for Stephen, it’s not about playing with marbles or hopping from stone to stone – the physical activities. It’s about trying new things, getting out of your comfort zone, overcoming fears and other forms of internal resistance, nurturing creativity, challenging your mind and body, and “just doing it” among many other things.

This man genuinely wants to change the world, to help people live longer, healthier, richer lives – and he’s doing just that by leading from example and inspiring all those who will take a few moments to listen and introspect.

I think that there is far too much defeatist thinking going around. Seriously! That negative mindset is contagious. Too many people come face to face with their own dissatisfaction’s with themselves and simply give up, but not this man. He chooses to live as the master of his fate, the captain of his soul. And the cool part is that he says himself that there’s nothing different or special about him. He’s just a normal guy like everyone else, except he chooses to think and live differently.

There’s something to be said for remaining in constant movement and activity, and I think therein lies one of the secrets to staying young at heart. So, take Stephen’s advice and never leave the playground. Be bold with your life. I’m no old guy, but trust me, it’ll be worth it in the end.

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” – Hunter S. Thompson

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. – George Bernard Shaw

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

Further Reading:

How to Love What You Do: Plus 100 Ways to Disguise Exercise

Interview with the Play Master, Frank Forencich

Why Play is Vital No Matter What Your Age

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7 Responses

  1. Damien Tougas

    What a great video! That guy is so inspiring, my kids liked it too. Of course they love to play, so any adult telling them they need to be ding it for their whole life is “speaking their language”.

    • And it’s probably a language we adults should speak fluently, too.

  2. Thank you for your positive comments. Glorious! I would love to talk to people about this. I have been playing for approximately 70 years. I have been aware of the fact that I was playing most of the time. In the beginning we needed to play to survive. Today we need to play to survive. Nothing has changed in that regard. If you do not take a chance you have no chance. Stephen Jepson at (soon to be up)

    • Well, how about that. Here we are talking about Stephen Jepson like he’s from some distant galaxy, and now you’re here!

      You’re doing a great service to others just by being you and putting yourself out there. I’ll definitely be following your work, and will keep my eyes peeled for your new site. Keep up the good work!

  3. Hi John,

    That video is not showing now – says is subject to a copyright infringement. The real Stephen Jepson channel has one –

    I’m looking forward to your primalstress review – currently working tacfit warrior so it should segue quite nicely into that.


  4. What a great job you’re doing! To read all those positive things about myself–gratifying. Anybody that wants to see that video can now go to––it is finished. And I have a brand-new education video teaching beginning hand and foot exercises that enrich the brain and the body. One of my 1st customers has described it as sudoku for the body. I have only sold a few copies but I’m getting quite remarkable positive testimonials and endorsements. Soon that piece is going to be on 500 PBS affiliates around the nation. I am beginning a national speaking tour this fall. Absolutely wonderful things are happening in my life. With people like you saying those great things about me; I cannot fail. Thank you Stephen Jepson

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