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
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