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Nov 28, 2018

Life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone. How do we hold on to 16 as long as we can? That, my friends, is the question.

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Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

♫ Trenches by Pop Evil ♫

*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television, and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel.


*Professor Paul*
Alright, welcome back to get another Morning Mindset podcast and those of you who take the time to actually read the title of today's show, or these shows before you listen to them, you might be thinking "What is he going to make a musical reference?" Yes, he is going to make a musical reference. When I work out when I go into the gym and I pick up the steel and put it down, rinse, lather, and repeat over and over again.
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I like to put my phone I take my phone and I pull up the music app and I search out a station and I plug it into the speakers and I listen while I'm working out and I had it plugged into our turned onto a station. I think it was the Amazon Prime music Queen Radio station. If you know anything about this these quote-unquote stations, you pick an artist and they play that artists and other artists from that time frame and that genre that style of music. So there I am doing the thing the other day in the gym, and the song Jack and Diane from John Cougar Mellencamp when I was first introduced to him.
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He was John Cougar and then he decided that he was going to go change his slave name back to his birth name, which was John Mellencamp.  I grew up. In the early why I came of age in the late 70s early to mid-80s. I graduated from high school in 1985. So when the American full album from John Mellencamp was released in 1982. That was right there right in my bailiwick right during my era Mighty naira freshman-sophomore year, you know that kind of a thing and. Jack and Diane was a big song was a huge song when I was growing up.
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A little ditty about Jack and Diane. now if you're my age, if you are around 50 you remember this probably very fondly you remember that it was top of the charts for a long time, like a year or so and I heard that song, I don't know 500,000 times during my teenage years. But I hadn't heard it for quite a while, in fact, the other day when I heard it in the gym was probably I don't know the first time in 10 years or more since I actually listened to the song, and one of the lyrics you know, or the chorus is life goes on long after the thrill of living is gone, and you say well, you know, you probably heard that if you've heard the song Jack and if you've never heard it, if you're a young crumb-crunching Millennial person, go to YouTube and look it up and watch it and listen to it.
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This is life goes on long after the thrill of living is gone and it's just holding onto 16 as long as you can change coming around real soon. Make us women and men.  and. What's funny about that is when I heard that song when I first heard it, you know going back to 1982 in 1982. I was 15 years old, so I wasn't yet 16 like he was talking about in the song. but think about when you were 16, think about when you were a teenager think back to that time and how every day was. Exciting the prospect of every single day at least to me.
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It was exciting everything you did was of great import what you use me what you wore. You know, what kind of clothes you wore who you talk to what kind of car you had or didn't have everything was of critical importance. Right every day was an adventure it seemed I remember being a teenager and if you couldn't like I had there was a girl that I was very much fond of, and if I couldn't see her for one day, you know for if I had gone two or three days without seeing her it seemed like forever.
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Or if I had a family obligation, you know when I was 16, 17, 18-years-old. I don't know in high school that a family obligation on a Friday night and I couldn't go out with my friends. It was just it was like the end of the world. Because when you're young everything is fresh and exciting and new, and then what happens to you when you grow up and in the truth is you need to mature what we can't have an entire Society of 16-year-olds of juveniles because people who are juveniles have no concept of the future.
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They have no concept of civic responsibility or Duty because everything is all about what they want and they want it now, which is fine. Because that's the way kids are supposed to be but they're supposed to mature over time.  But part of what we lose during the maturation process is we lose that thrill. Long after the thrill of living is gone. How many of you have thought about that over the years? Maybe you haven't maybe the first time you did. Life goes on after the thrill is living is gone, and when you first hear that, you know when I was 15, I thought that's kind of weird because you know.
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I couldn't imagine at age 15, the thrill is gone because everything was fresh and new and exciting and you know, the world was open to me nothing but the future, and here we are now, I don't know how old you are if you're listening to me you maybe 20s-30s-40s-50s or Beyond. Maybe you're in your 60s or 70s. I don't know. Is there any been thought my audience in their 70s if so, hey, how you doing? But how do we keep that? How can we keep the thrill of living?
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Even though we are way beyond 16 now sit changes have come around real soon and made us women and men now we have responsibilities and we have mortgages and we have families that need to be taken care of and we have careers and we have all these things that weigh on our heads. Yeah, teenagers today these Moronic teenagers that stick that you know that the news media finds them and they asked them their opinions. Does anyone else feel that this both ridiculous and insulting at the same time? Some news reporter will go and they'll ask a sixteen-year-old their opinion about anything, and we're supposed to listen like, what basis does an experience in reality?
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There's a 15 or 16-year-old have they have none they have none. But how do we as adults? Is there a way that we can keep that thrill of living?  I think there is. I think there is one of the things that I enjoy and it may seem simple or simplistic but I really enjoy music. I enjoy the music from my era. But I also enjoy other music as well as I've grown and aged. I've kind of expanded my musical tastes and I like to listen to music when I listen to music.
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It makes me feel younger. When I exercise when I do physical training and I don't know I haven't always done the starting strength and the barbell training but you know, I used to hit the bag and I used to do other, you know, physical things. I still do sometimes but that made me feel younger it gave me that thrill. What is it for you? I don't know. I don't know but I just thought you know, I was listening to that and it struck me. It struck me as I was listening to that song that I should come to this microphone and talk about it for a little bit.
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Maybe you felt the same way. Maybe that is why we run into trouble as adult humans. You know, why do men, and women, not going to exclude you, women. Why do they get into trouble? Through extramarital Affairs through the use of recreational as opposed to professional or commercial drug use or what. Have you going to going to bars and drinking when you're in your 40s, you know or 30s even 30s or 40s or 50s going to bars and engaging in the behavior. That is self-destructive.

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Because why what? Maybe that's their way of looking for the thrill after The Thrill is Gone. I don't know are there other positive ways that we can look for the thrill that we can reinvigorate ourselves and make ourselves feel like we have that excited 16 17-year-old minds again. I think there are, and we talk about those quite often here on the Morning Mindset podcast. So alright, ladies and gentlemen, according to the clock on the wall is time for me to be quiet and let you guys go to work or get back on with your life, whatever it is you happen to be doing today. I am your host Paul Markel, and I will talk to you again real soon.


[OUTRO]

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*Alex*

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