In 2012 I was slowly dying.

 
Photo: Myleen Hollero

Photo: Myleen Hollero

I was 58 and I had pretty much given up.

Drinking too much. Eating too much. Slowly sinking into the couch bingeing out on one show after another. I was verging on obesity, in terrible shape and I was waiting to die.

Pathetic.

After a lifetime in advertising I was scraping along with a little freelance work. There are no jobs for people over 40 in the ad business unless you own the place. I felt sorry for myself.

But the world wasn’t done with me yet.

First I lost my old friend and mentor to cancer. Then I lost my father. A dear old school friend. My mother. And to top it all off, my dog.

The final blow came when, after a visit to the doctor for a checkup, I was told that my liver wasn’t looking too good.

After a few days of soul searching I decided that I wasn’t ready to die. It was time to do something about it.

I changed how and what I ate and drank. I went to the gym and signed up for High Intensity Interval Training classes and went 3 times a week, exercising on my own on the off days.

Within a year I had lost 55 pounds. I was in great shape. My resting heart rate had dropped by 15 beats per minute and my blood pressure was down. My blood work showed my liver had improved dramatically. I was sleeping better, thinking better and I was a LOT more pleasant to be around.

Work improved as well. I had teamed up with some friends and colleagues to form a video production company and we were doing work for Apple, Mozilla, dictionary.com, Adidas and more. I started writing again. Working with friends in the independent film community, making web series and short films.

And now, at the age of 65 I’m doing all the things I couldn’t get off the couch for 10 years ago.

Why am I telling you all this?

Because I want you to know that I’ve been down that dark path and I’ve looked into the abyss. And I was able to turn away and claw my way back into life.

I’ve been down that dark path and I’ve looked into the abyss.

 

When I talk about my experience I can’t tell you how many people have said they’ve either gone through the same thing or they’re still going through it. Or that they’re terrified of it.

But you don’t have to feel that way. Because life is not over.

If you’re at a place in your life where you’re starting to feel like you’re no longer capable of making a contribution but you’re not ready to give up and fade away, let’s talk. 

As someone who has been there and is now living my best life ever I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to settle for that. There’s still a lot more living to do! And you can still make a difference. Click below to schedule your free introductory call and start making your life what it should be.