Mark’s Laws: Happy people tend to continue to be happy. Unhappy people tend to remain unhappy. People who resist change tend to not change much. People who embrace change tend to change a little bit …
I started late.
Didn’t use my brain much till I was 29.
By 40, realized I wasn’t using it nearly enough.
At 50, embarrassed by how little I’d really accomplished.
At 60, felt I’d lost that whole decade.
I’ve taken the attitude that 60 is the new 50.
My best-before date is now revised upward, my 95 target now revised upward to 105.
I’ll live a robust physical, emotional and intellectual life until August 7, 2046. Then I’ll self-re-assess.
Not trying to be funny. I believe it.
Using brain isn’t a fading skill like youthful athletics, isn’t career skills/talents eclipsed by technology or younger competitors …
Time isn’t wasting.
It is warp-speeding through photo-radar brains.
We see it go by, but we don’t arrest it … don’t even give it a ticket.
Enormous value – of lives, brains and opportunities – exists only if we open Pandora-boxes, stretch and explore …
Life, some say, is too short.
It is as long as we need, have and use – and most of that is a waste for most people because formative years are underutilized, elder years are physical and often mentally compromised, so what we have is the vital middle. Those years from 20 to 95, optimally, to have a robust life for our brain. Shorter for some. Mostly wasted for many. Then you’re done.
Power of change vis-à-vis power to change.
column written/ published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: 6C/43F, overcast, rain likely – dry empty streets of silence invited wandering, thinking, while Gusta simply kept her nose to the ground as long as I was taking her through smelly grass ...