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October 13, 2019

Making a Change

by Marc Matthews-Indovino

Have you ever wondered how you suddenly turned the age you are now and how quickly you got there? Life happens so fast. Most importantly, how do you look and feel now your twenties, thirties and perhaps even your forties are over?

I woke up one beautiful sunny April morning. I looked in the mirror and thought to myself I am forty today. I stared in the mirror wondering. How did I suddenly get to forty? Where did my thirties go? Where did my twenties go? I felt a sense of panic rush over me, and I started to feel anxious. I did not want to get older, who does? Feeling older created a little sadness, and I started to become mildly depressed. I am sure most of you who are reading this may have also felt this way sometime between thirty and fifty.

I remembered my twenties like it was yesterday. The years had rushed by so fast that I had missed or had forgotten half of it. I stood motionless, looking into a face weathered by the years. A face was telling a thousand stories some good, some bad, some ugly and some sad.

By the end of 2001, I packed up my life in Sydney and moved to Melbourne. I knew the first thing I needed to do to change my life was to get away from my current life. I also thought to myself now is a time to do something I had always wanted to do and that was to be a personal trainer. Something I had procrastinated about for the past ten years: by the time I had arrived in Melbourne, my partner supported me by enrolling and paying for my fitness course, paid for my food and the rent until I got on my feet again. A magnificent person that I never thought I would ever find. I was delighted to do the course as I had not done any educational courses in over ten years. Learning to become a personal trainer turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. It changed the direction of my life and my life’s purpose.

There is something extraordinary about the Fitness industry. A sense of positive energy, calmness and comradery among the many people who live and breathe health, fitness and wellbeing. I had an instant connection and fell in love. The incredible thing about the fitness industry is it is not just about exercise. It is about changing your life for the better. Change your body through training yes, but also to lead a happy, healthy life that loves to help others to do the same.

If you want to make a change to your current situation, you must make some significant changes, cut people out of your life, maybe even change states or countries as I did. It is going to be rough and tough but, in the end, if you genuinely want to have an extraordinary life then you must make some sacrifices. Change is hard for everyone, and I tried many times to make a change without success. It takes determination, hard work, and tears. However, in the end it will be so worth it, you will look back on it and perhaps you too will write an inspiring story.

I know you may think I am a little crazy to cut out family or friends from my life, or that it is easier said than done. Very true, however you do not need to cut them out if it is impossible. What can do is not share your dreams or goals with them until you have achieved them. Nine times out of ten if you tell a negative person in your life your dreams or aspirations they will find every excuse why you will fail. However, if you achieve your goal or dream and tell the same people, it could go either way. They could be jealous, or they could say “I knew you could do it”. People can be fickle; we need to be self-aware of this when discussing our dreams with others.

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