I’ve long loved those questions in today’s title. A lofty life goal should be the first half, not the objective of unbalanced multi-millionaire Bryan Johnson. He’s aiming for having the organs of an 18-year-old, the heart of a 37-year-old, the bone density of a 30-year-old, to pop enough pills to rival a hypochondriac’s regimen (111 supplements a day), and the bedtime of an 80-year-old (8:30 p.m.).
“And the maturity of a 5-year-old,” smirked one sassy reader of the article. By doing all of the above and much more, he thinks he can reverse the aging process.
I had more than one chuckle reading the comments on the article, which by itself was pretty bizarre.
One item on his daily longevity list was to monitor the number of … let’s call them “arousals,” that he had during the night by using what he calls a “jet pack.”
What price will you pay to increase the length of your life?
Many readers commented on how much older the tycoon already looked than his 47 years. Not a great recommendation for his routine. Those already over the seven decade mark recounted their fitness plans, which were simple and effective. Included were walking 30 minutes a day, moving more, stretching regularly for flexibility and balance, and watching their sweets, salt, and fat intake.
Other comments: “Johnson shows some people just have too much money … bonafide mentally ill … he may not live to be 120 but he will feel like he has … living to be 100 and beyond would not be my dream, but my nightmare!”
Why can’t he just follow the classic habits of those who live the longest? Tens of thousands of people have been following them for decades – regular exercise, healthy diet, stress management, quantity and quality sleep, social connectedness, positive outlook and an attitude of gratitude. I call these the “super seven” because they’re almost always on the longevity lists.
Many commenting quoted the Bible, reminding us God has our days numbered. The key, most said, is a relationship of love with Jesus Christ: “Now this is eternal life; that they may know you, the only wise God and Jesus Christ who you have sent.” (John 17:1-2; 3:16 and other classics)
Having a life purpose that outlives us should be our goal. Mine is to be life-giving, like Jesus was. “I have come that you might have real life in all its fullness.” (Jesus in John 10:10)
We should serve others to this end. (Galatians 5:1, 13) Like The One who shared his life purpose as “I came to serve, not be served.” (Mark 10:44-45) Jet packs not required. Just the bowl and the towel of a servant. (John 13:1-17)
Rick Sams is pastor emeritus of Alliance Friends Church.