He who has always spared himself much will in the end become sickly of so much consideration. Praised be what hardens! – Nietzsche
Meet Sonny (Sam Bryant, Jr.), a 70-year old body builder who says he’s never going to stop weightlifting, never going to retire from the sport. Sonny started at age 44, didn’t know a thing about weights, and never looked back. This guy looks damned good, too.
That shows the power of mindset. Most older men could be following the same path as Sonny, feeling and looking fantastic, not to mention the tremendous feeling of accomplishment that you get from working out; but they don’t, preferring to wallow in their creature comforts, watching their bellies grow, their powers wane, feeling depressed, wondering all the while when cancer or a heart attack will catch up with them. That is no way to live.
All around you, you see men wandering through what I would consider a living death. Maybe they don’t consider it that, maybe they’re just comfortable and see nothing wrong with developing a swollen belly. Maybe they’ll get to the point that their blood sugar won’t stay down and then they gladly start shooting the insulin that their doctors eagerly prescribe them.
It doesn’t have to be this way. What I truly don’t understand is the emphasis on luxury, on soft living, which have been recognized from the dawn of time as leading to a downfall, whether social or personal. Putting pressure on yourself, making yourself work hard, and yes, sometimes denying yourself, leads to a much better life, in my humble opinion.
Barring a calamity, I’ll be going to the gym until I no longer can. I’ll be reading, learning, and writing until I no longer can. Those are my particular goals and avocations; for other men, the goals and avocations may be different. But what becomes of a man when he gives up, or gives in? When that happens, it’s over.