How Meeting This 83 Year Old Brazilian Man

Changed my life

When I was travelling through Central Brazil

I entered a few 5k races just to get some running in

I heard about a famous man they call "lightning"

83 Years old but he can run marathons and win 5k races against people almost half his age
He regularly appears on television and has over 1000 running medals sitting in his house

As soon as I heard about this man I wanted to meet him

I spoke to him and he was sharp

He said meet me at the running track 7am tomorrow and don't be late
He said I saw you yesterday you looked tired

I said yeah the heat

He said that is in your mind

It is all in your mind

It always was your mind stopping you from doing the things you wanted to do

It is your worst enemy that needs to be controlled
He said "you know how many doctors, family members and friends asked me to stop running

Stop moving

They may as well kill me now"

My Mind can never be broken

You have to learn to control it
We ran around the track

He was very fast and he didn't swear

He could run at 83 while holding a full conversation

The whole time he told me "your body sends signals your mind blocks them"
He told me that he had been diagnosed with certain illnesses 30 years earlier when he was 50

He told me I ignore it all

I don't let outside information or negativity in my brain

I just run and I don't stop
We ran around the track

We did 14km and he was only warming up

I thought to all my friends in their 20s that had gone to college and gotten fat

Or people in the UK in their 40s thinking their life is over

This guy is 83 doing 14km in 30 degree C weather

Warming up
After the run he told me

"It doesn't matter if it is running, work, life whatever it is

People, you, your mind, your body will tell you to quit

But when you learn to control it

You can win at everything

Never stop running"
After the run he took me to watch his favorite football team

He said "it is an 6km walk, can you do that?"

He was more worried about me than himself and I am 50 years younger than him
His team lost and he told me

"if I had been playing on the wing we would have won"
I realized the following

I used to panic about getting older, oh my god i am 28 oh i am 30

Then I realized you allow yourself to get old and fat and all the negative things we are told about

It is all in your mind

You can be 30 and in horrible shape

Or 83 running all day

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