Twenty-eight summers left

by | Jul 16, 2022


“As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.” Seneca

Thanks to the Swedish Son of Stone (aka SoS) whose recent lyrics in 28 Summers Left fit me to a T:

“Let’s make something great
Of what is left now
And focus on things
That we have got now.”

In a Camden interview about his unique rather unique song-writing, SoS confided that a theme of his music is “about the will to get back up again when life knocked you down…”  Not a bad theme for life – is it?

One longevity study, that I believe to be darned accurate, suggests that with work and luck, I may have 28 summers left in my earthly journey. Note: Do take that private online Living to 100 calculator, PLEASE, to gauge how many summers may be in your healthspan…

So what about your humble scribe and his ~28 summer seasons “left”? What have I got in my queue to keep from being ordinary, and keep from unfocused, well-intended busyness?

Making Something Great

Long ago, I was knocked down by the White House’s decision to reject my application to become a White House Fellow. Just imagine me as a Doris Goodwin, Sanjay Gupta, or Colin Powell colleague?! C’est la vie – yes?

Well, my point is that my application was a great forcing function for where I wanted to head.  I offered in one application essay that my headstone should read, “informed and committed He made a difference…” How about that terminal, end-game goal?  Perhaps I am 2400 years too late for my true calling as a Stoic for good words and good deeds.  Or, perhaps I am just in time to impact peoples’ live in favorable ways as a 21st century Seneca.

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Seneca

A Prepared Difference? Helping adaptive athletes, underserved youth, encore-aged peers with medical or physical challenges, writing experiential non-fiction works, and being the best Dad and Grandpa Frosty that I can be…

I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to share my corpus of wellness knowledge on many podcasts, a few of which are offered here. Or here… And here

As an NFPT-certified Master Fitness Trainer, I am blessed to author monthly professional articles for better healthspan and longevity


I have the good fortune to be mentored by a Citius Altius Fortius champion in rowing. My new coach is an Athlete for Change lad,  Michael Brake, a strong and passionate Kiwi from Auckland who wears Olympic Gold from the Tokyo 2021 Olympiad.

  • Michael challenges me to be a student of my game, and tap my coterie of good folks. Michael has me reaching for a golden ring by thinking like a champion while training smart and hard as if I’m in 2nd place.  KABOOM.

Time will tell as judge and jury if my healthspan and lifespan DO earn that epitaph that I cited above.

In some of those ~ 28 remaining summers, it will be my pleasure to help YOU focus on the right things and to do something great.

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