Chris Osman, a retired U.S. Navy SEAL and U.S. Marine doesn't want to live in the past anymore. And He's waging war on it.
Living in the past as a former member of a group—military, high school football team or police—for some is all we have as a form of foundation for our future identity.
But, redefining those restrictions into advantages offers clarity of mind which will assist in the forthcoming years of our lives, he said.
"I believe 'living in the past' hurts our ability to grow as human beings," Osman said. "I'm guilty of it, too. Seeing myself stagnate in certain parts of my life, wishing I was 'Petty Officer Osman back on Team Three,' and getting to do cool and insane stuff again is painful. That's when I knew I needed to make a change. And that's why I am waging war on [my] weakness."
Osman is no stranger to being physically and mentally strong as noted in his 12-plus year career. However, once he became a civilian and ran his business full-time, things changed, Osman said.
"Life changed because I answered to myself and my employees," he said. "It's much different than being in the military. The motivation is a lot different and life does take over. Meaning my priorities shifted considerably and my daily routine had to change to fit within my new way of life."
According to Osman while running the business, he went a little overboard with the freedom of being out the service.
"When one has been as fortunate as I have been in life, it can be effortless to throw 'the boat' in neutral," Osman said. "I partied my ass off let me tell you; I am kind of surprised I have not had a heart attack thus far from how I lived for a few years. This mentality came from a lot of my life experiences but mostly from losing more than 120 fellow SEALs since 9/11. Not a day goes by that I do not think about the cost my brothers' have paid for the reputation I am blessed to have. I' m talking the reputation of being a SEAL not me as an individual."
Being older and getting back into shape has been difficult, Osman stated. But, the word "quit" or the phrase "I'm tapping out" doesn't exist in the former Frogman's vernacular.
"I am not 22 years old anymore," he said. "Hell, I'm not even 42! Everyone slows down, and abilities decline. War is a young person's game. Most professional athletes are lucky to make it seven years before being told they are no longer fast enough or have taken too many shots to the head."
"The biggest issue I have faced is the mental aspect of remembering with sharp clarity how far and fast I used to run, swim, jump, climb, shoot, ruck, etc. There is no way; today I could meet the standards of BUD/S (Basic Underwater and Demolition/SEAL) school. But that doesn't matter because that's living in the past. I'm waging this 'war' now so that I can be better in the future."
As to running and swimming, Osman said that he is definitely seeing results to his body and mind.
"It's been about a year since I started and my cardio is getting stronger," he said. "I attribute this to running, swimming, boxing, short 12-15 minute 'CrossFit' type workouts, and Jiu-Jitsu which I have recently started. I do not lift heavy weights choosing higher reps instead. My family, which are my biggest fans, see the results and I'm pleased about that."
As to anyone else wanting to make a change in their life, Osman said that it will not be easy and should expect setbacks.
"I would say it is never too late to train," Osman said. "Look at it from a long-term perspective of overall health and the ability to take care of oneself in your later years. Moderation is key and understand what exercising is doing to the body. Drink a lot of water, rest. Get lots of rest, stretch and throw in some yoga once a month. When you're my age, reconditioning the body is going to hurt. The body is rebuilding muscle fibers which laid dormant for years. Forget about what you were able to do and be happy that you are doing something you were not doing yesterday."
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