How do you perform with passion and excellence, not just today, but for a lifetime? This week we went to Boston to learn about longevity from The Rolling Stones!
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How do you perform with passion and purpose? Not just today, but for a lifetime? This week we went to Boston to learn longevity lessons from The Rolling Stones!
I had planned to see the Stones with my son during last month's trip to Boston. Then Mick Jagger underwent heart surgery. Not an emergency, just proactive. And it was a huge success and a quick recovery. So, they rescheduled the tour dates and I returned to Boston for not just one, but TWO, amazing concerts with my son.
Longevity is something I think about a lot. There's a huge difference between "getting old" and "growing older." The first is an unfortunate consequence, and the second is an intentional plan of action. Personally I want to be healthy, agile, productive, and relevant for a long time to come. So who better to learn from than the 75 year old front man of the World's Biggest Band?
But first, we braved the rain at Fenway Park to see Phish, the iconic 90's jam band who's legendary following is among the most loyal in music, because Phish always puts on an amazing show, rain or shine. It was fantastic!
Actually, earlier that afternoon was a "bonus." Stones' bassist, Darryl Jones, did a two hour Masterclass at Berklee (College of Music), sharing about his career, which spanned decades and genres. Playing with legends like Miles Davis, Sting, and his 25 years with Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie . Darryl talked about how to grow skills, build relationships, and continue to challenge yourself constantly.
And then, we saw the Stones! We experienced how the power of classic music, astounding production, and personal passion, could fill an entire stadium. This dude just had heart surgery? Yep. And then he quickly resumed his disciplined dedication to exercise, nutrition and the music that he loves.
So how do we "Grow Older," rather than "Getting Old?" Here are three keys:
1. Grow Healthy - When you're young, you can get away with a lot. Then you can't. So, every year, get a bit better at taking care of YOU. Address what needs addressing. Adopt better habits and routines, not because you have to, but because healthy feels good.
2. Grow Curious - With age comes wisdom, right? But not for everyone. There are some well-aged men and women who aren't especially wise. And wisdom isn't about proving what you know. It's about discovering more of what you don't yet know.
3. Grow Relationships - The quality of your life IS the quality of your relationships. In the end, it's you, your family and friends, sharing moments together, talking about what you've experienced, and maybe even performing for some fans of your own.
It's not about the size of the stage, it's about owning the stage that you occupy. So embrace your age, and look forward to growing better, growing wiser, and even, growing older.
Until next week, keep rocking, and stay Off Balance On Purpose.
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