After recently seeing Paul McCartney at Nationals Park, I noticed something almost formulaic in peoples’ reaction to him and his show. Sure, there is a constant level of adulation and awe over the fact that people are seeing a real, live Beatle sing some of the most famous songs of all time, but people also seem to be equally in awe of the fact that a 71-year-old man can put on such a high energy three hour rock concert.
It wasn’t just in the reviews I read after the fact. As I was leaving the ballpark, I heard at least a handful of people express their amazement at the show they just saw and how surprised they were that Paul still has it as a septuagenarian.
I have to admit, I’m a little in awe of that fact too.
So how does someone like Paul do it? What keeps him going?
Timothy Leary once described the Beatles as “prototypes of evolutionary agents sent by God, endowed with a mysterious power to create a new human species, a young race of laughing freemen”.
A nice far-out sentiment to be sure, but I don’t think that’s it.
Turns out, Paul isn’t some super wonder being sent by the gods. In fact the steps he takes to keep rocking beyond 70 are things all of us can easily do to improve our own lives.
He is Vegetarian
Ever since Paul and his first wife Linda decided to go vegetarian in the early ’70s, he has been one of the most outspoken and widely known advocates for a plant-based diet. Study after study suggests that vegetarians live longer , are less likely to develop heart disease , are far less likely to battle obesity, and also more likely to be happier and less stressed. Better heart health, being slimmer and not dealing with as much stress all lend themselves to a font of energy for vegetarians and Paul is a great example of that. His concerts aside, watch a clip of Paul in an interview and he’s just as bubbly and energetic as he was as a mop top.
In the mid ’60s, Paul and the rest of the Beatles attended a lecture given by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to learn more about the practice of meditation. Ever since, Paul has credited meditation with getting him through some of the more trying times in his life, but it turns out it has done so much more for his body, mind and soul. The meditation health benefits Paul enjoys are great compliments to his diet as studies show that meditation can also help reduce blood pressure and stress. It can also lead to more energy. As Paul travels from city to city donning his famous Hofner bass during sold out shows, it’s a safe bet he is finding time to meditate along the way.
He Is Passionate About What He Does
It’s no secret that Paul McCartney loves performing for a living. From his early days playing in skiffle bands in Liverpool to his most recent tour stops during his Out There tour, anyone can tell through pictures, videos and recordings that he is having the time of his life any time he is performing. It’s why he hasn’t retired – and really has no plans to do so. With that kind of pure passion, you don’t have to look for sources of energy.
Finding and living your passion can have similar effect on your life too. You’ve heard all the adages about finding something you love so you don’t have to work a day in your life. That’s all true. Loving what you do can also help you lead a happy, healthy and energy-filled life.
Admittedly, this is one of the hardest examples of Paul’s to follow. For the most part, it’s easy to change your diet. You can also find time to meditate. For a lot of people, marrying your passion with gainful employment can be a challenge.
Nevertheless, working toward your passion can also make you happier and give you more energy. You don’t have to look any further than half the blogs you likely read for proof of that. Most blogs are labors of love for their authors and many of said authors write late into the night or wake up early in the morning to write. Most all of those people haven’t quit their day jobs, but sharing their thoughts and experiences makes them happy.
It’s the same thing with Paul McCartney. His energy comes from his healthy diet and meditation practice to be sure, but it also has a lot to do with his passion to share what he has created with the world.
How Does This Apply to You?
Paul McCartney is a worldwide mega star and is also one of the richest people on the planet. Am I really telling you that if you change your diet, meditate, and find your passion that you’ll be as energetic, happy and timeless as Paul McCartney?
His status as an international superstar doesn’t automatically guarantee happiness. Too many rock stars have crumbled under the weight of lesser fame and to paraphrase Paul, money can’t buy you love (or happiness). Taking care of your mind, body and soul and working toward what you love will go a long way in living like Paul.