Elite Masters rower, Master Fitness Trainer, & Author of KABOOMER: Thriving and Striving into your 90s. a Baby KaBoomer whom advocates wellness through toe-to-temple activities like a sport well-oared.
I’ll ask you NOTto do to your “system” what these Minions did to their little “Blownaparte” Jefe:
Moving from Napoleon to wellness and internal communications, I’ve been known to extol wonders of our bodies – often. I haven’t stopped strangers to eagerly communicate(yet). Yet, I DO share what I know about the human corpus to nice folks like you with interest and commitment. Example – some KABOOMERs can generate a HORSEPOWER
or more for short powerful periods. If I can do that on a rowing machine – some other KABOOMERs may as well. KABOOM.
I hope that you too are awed by what our amazing bodies and minds can accomplish. My awe – even from my dated and limited grasp of cellular biology and organic chemistry – embraces those HUNDREDS of chemical messengers to/from our five Endocrinal glands, Gut, and Brain. You know some – like Testosterone(T), Leptin, Human Growth Hormone, and Insulin.
Do you find it interesting, as I do, that “T” is “just” carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen in a sexy organic bonding?
What a system, when tuned, and “detoxed” for stamininety!
Want to feel good – even in this distancing lockdown? Give yourself a hug (honest!) to release your hugging hormone OXYTOCIN.
You may also recall that SLEEP – as in restorative and DEEP raptured SLEEP – impacts several HUNDRED chemical signals that our bodies want and need. Poor Sleep = poor messaging.
Please invest a little time at Visible Body’s website to gain an appreciation for GOOD chemistry and communications at work and play for you! One short video from “VB” illustrates how Hormones control so many of our critical “4F” bodily functions. These Hormones, as Messengers, “enable reactions to stress and other outside changes and keep regular processes running smoothly.”
One more time, these hundreds of messengers do things which ARE important to you and me by influencing or controlling MANY bodily functions for;
blood sugar levels
bone growth, and
I’ll wager a Buffalo nickel that some or all of these functions mean something to you!
Celebrate rather than shoot our chemical messengers.
ps – For countless flapjack lovers like me – Happy National Pancake Day! Thank goodness that we have many choices for lower carb, higher protein flapjack options to fuel us and enjoy. Trader Joes, Kodiak, and FLAP JACKED are three of the vendors whose healthier ‘cakes I devour.
As always – drop me a note if/when you have time or inclination:
If imitation is flattery, poet John Keats should be flattered by my citation of his 1819 poem. Keats abandoned poetry shortly thereafter, in pursuit of “real” paying professional endeavors…That transition followed his “Ode to Melancholy” about life.
Centuries ago – before Christ, Greeks sang publically and emotionally about gloried athletic or natural events – like autumn. Odes are assuredly NOT odious!
I suppose that recording artist Don Henley is a modern-day Keats with his own Ode in 1984 – The Boys of Summer are Gone; “Don’t look back, you can never look back”. Didn’t Satchel Paige also counsel us to avoid looking back? Yes, he did! Taking Keats’ and Henley’s lyrics to heart; let’s look ahead. And how about those “SLAM DIEGO” Padres of ours? Good things are truly worth the wait.
Autumn officially started today with an equinox at 6:24 AM in my time zone and at my longitude and latitude in San Diego. Did you know that a Terminator describes our solar/earthly interaction today? As Ahhhnold often grumbled on big-screens, “it will be back…”
Most of us think of autumn as a transitional phase. Vivaldi did with his memorable Four Seasons composition. And, Keats’ ODE to Autumn is a marvelous bit of fall poetry, a sonnet of 33 lines alluding to perfection, fruitfulness, and labors of love. Lines that eloquently suggested life’s ripenings, harvestings, and ultimately demises. Magical!
On this parallel day for National Voter Registration [HINT], it seems worthy to consider where we are in our own transitions. I alluded to national transitions with the passage of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on last Friday, so let’s get tactical, KABOOMERs with shifts for our betterment and stamininety this fall…
Today, we’re all about our KABOOMER self-ripening, and harvesting for many moons before our ultimate demise. Magical outcomes if we had sown before we reap in a biblical way. Seemingly magical outcomes of transition when a Medicare-aged person learns well and works appropriately on her or his physical portfolio. Each of us working our fertile fields for strength, stability, stamina, and stretching. Breaking from farmer’s walks to clean eating at the family tables. And restfully sleeping before other cool, crisp productive days.
If I was asked to produce 10 queries/thoughts with my own praise for autumn, here they are:
What is our 90-day action plan for stamininety steps to live longer and better? Recall that our Winter Solstice and our shortest day is “only” 13 weeks away.
What are our fall activities to praise, even if Tailgate rallies are ZOOMed? Think about what ancient Greeks and Keats celebrated…
Are we going to do the work necessary to produce results before Thanksgiving feasts in late November?
Are we going to get our flu shots to potentially boost our overall defenses against microbes?
Will we get outside to bond with Mother Earth? Example – rustle leaves and get down?
Can we socially enjoy Hay Rides and mulled apple cider at social distances, of course?
Can we take advantage of cooler temperatures in our northern hemisphere to help gain restorative sleep as nights get longer?
Can we sing, hum, and laugh about zany things beyond our control, while getting “right” things in our powers completed?
Can we enjoy marvelous farm-to-table produce for healing, anti-inflammatory Vitamin”P”? And
Will we exercise safely – with proper clothes, shoes, and reflective gear to make the most of our exhilarating fall workouts?
I hope so!
Should any reader desire my counsel for ways to work the praises of Autumn – type”WP40” to text #41259, or reach out by email:
We are winding down on National Yoga Month, as well as our fiery, smoky, and abnormally crazy Summer season! More about that marvelous mind-body lifestyle – YOGA – and its benefits in a bit!
Yet a priority matter. On Friday, our world lost a heroine of small stature yet larger-than-life stamina. May Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg rest in peace! I’ll bet that Congressman John Lewis was one of the first to greet her at heaven’s gate.
Always an admirer, I cited her resistance training work in KABOOMER. Dynamic strength efforts – which in my distant and layman’s opinion – helped her stave off the big “C” several times. Kudos to her Personal Trainer, Bryant Johnson, too!
Here’s what I offered as a prior tribute in audio and in text,
“An example of dynamic strength
might be Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s
workouts.161 Ladies and Gentlemen, if this 80-something
cancer survivor can work on her dynamic strength, we
“younger folks” should repeat power exertions as well!
May your dynamic (interval) work please the court, Seneca,
This bellwether of social justice had a wonderful bond of friendship with her polar-opposite in robes -Judge Antonin Scalia who passed in 2016. Justice Scalia may have had a heavenly elephant ready for her to begin a Grand Tour of her eternal resting place:
I hereby nominate “RBG” for honorary membership in our KABOOMER Movement.
Ah, our cooler CALI mornings are wonderful for this morning workout guy. We find a lot of noise in the news about climate change and it’s good noise. Life is constantly changing, so I’m not surprised that 7 billion people impact this fragile earth, our island home as a prayer recites…
We fortuitously find ourselves alive to start another wonderful day to extend our journey towards stamininety. Today’s topic is KABOOMER rings and things. But first, I’ll stand in for Angie Dickinson’s healthy commercials of yesteryear. Would Angie’s body or I lie to you ???
I promised to share what I wear for workouts and most activities of daily life. You might also be ingterested in what I think and do as habit on own journey.
I have NO vested interest in any product or service of which I write. Honest! You read this is KABOOMER, which I feel is worth being redundant, redundant. Fitness and Wellness DO NOT have to be Expensive. Grab a towel, a non-plastic water bottle and then Move to Sweat! Six Days a week.
I am just trying to let you know these are pretty darn good products. Gear and Products which may save you a little time and effort in your own market research. Research for:
Oura rings are worn by National Basketball Association players who obviously are very, very concerned about germs and quality of sleep and trends and habits for fitness and wellness.
I wouldn’t be surprised if some Tour de France riders have Oura rings or like devices so that they can monitor the quality of their limited sleep as they overtrain on those staged Hills of Belgium, France, and maybe Spain [I forget which stage is which country].
A marvelous device[IMO]. And, as you might expect, the company homepage speaks of IMMUNITY boosting (and other actionable habits!)
I’m not asking you to go buy one. For one reason, they’re not cheap [though the sticker shock is tantamount to the cheaper Apple Watch SE which just launched]. Yet, insight for my restorative deep sleep patterns and very important training feedback for critical heart rate variability is, I believe, a step above the knowledge that you can gain from some other products. CAVEAT EMPTOR.
In full and open disclosure, our two wonderful kids nicely gave me a Fitbit watch for a Father’s Day present in 2019.
I wear my Fitbit VERSA with pride. I do use its data and some alarms occasionally. If a watch or smartphone application helps you to move every fifteen minutes – then GREAT! As the adage goes, an APP doesn’t do the stretch fer ya!
Yet, whatever it may take to get you into periodic: upward-facing dog or Good morning, or a Quad stretch. Or perhaps practice some mindful deep breathing if a Zoom meeting is driving you a little bit batty.
I also share that there are many useful smartphone applications and laptop or tablet applications. Each to her or his own. I certainly would encourage folks to check freebies first. For instance – I find that my FitBit watch does not always give an accurate measure of my heartbeat when I am in training. Sometimes it’ll be 2 for three beats. Sometimes just one counted for two actual beats. So, will always back up what you see on a digital display with your own feedback from your body! There is a freebie smartphone version of “Instant” HEART RATE (Azumio) which uses a phone’s camera for HR. And there are plenty more. All you really need to check HR – at an exercise break is a carotid artery, two fingers, and a watch with second hand or a seconds function. Count your HR for 10 seconds and multiply by 6. Presto – HR!
Like me, you may occasionally sense that a HEART RATE reading isn’t right – based on knowledge and awareness of exertion level. The best way to accurately monitor heart rate is to use a chest strap. Yes, the circum-chest band is a little bothersome. I don’t focus on the OURA ring for my heart rate measures during workouts. My ring is not obtrusive. But it may irritate my ring finger partner digits slightly. And, one shouldn’t wear this great Ring for barbell, dumbbell, kettlebell workouts – even though its shell is titanium.
As Doctor Seuss might suggest, my feet are spreading is I grow older and hopefully as I stand more than “evil” sitting with dormant butt syndrome. Not getting narrower so I definitely want to make sure that the toe boxes of my workout shoes and comfort shoes are big enough. Wiggle room to wiggle your toes. Certainly, you want the proper arch support to hopefully stave off a terrible thing that happens to many of us -plantar fascitis. You’ll know it if you get it, unfortunately, and probably for an extended timeframe of MONTHS! “PI” can pain you for six to nine months!
Hey folks- there are times when I say find a professional. IF you have even an inkling of plantar fasciitis or shin splints from moving on sloping or hard surfaces. Or perhaps your running shoes are a little bit old.
=> please go see a professional! Me? I’m hopefully done with “my” first hand “PI” – fer good!
I usually wear Adidas shoes for indoor rowing, weightlifting, and casual times. In n full and open disclosure, our son is an Adidas employee as he works for Reebok.
I get to try some of the anti-wicking workout clothes that Reebok offers and I wear them with pride such as at the Crash B event. Again, with nothing to gain, I offer you what is comfortable for me.
You want to be comfortable in your workouts and each to his or her own yet.
You are always welcomed to contact me about attire and gear – A contact form is offered below. KABOOM.
There are certain days in which images and actions mean more – from perceived and objective stances – than words.
Today’s day of remembrance and SERVICE is certainly one (IMO)…
NOT just a quiet Tuesday morning in September 2001… Our daughter was a Harvard freshman, our son just started his seventh grade semester. As some of you who read the KABOOMER introduction, or listened, I found myself in London when I heard a BBC anchorwoman say, “The skyline of New York has changed forever.”
Folks, please put three historic Memorial spots on your patriotic bucket list for visits (when we can travel):
Most of us have a haunting image, or images, of man’s inhumanity to man from 09-11-2001.
My mental images started in London, then shifted to Crystal City when I learned than a research sponsor of mine died on Flight 77, along with a Naval Reserve Admiral. The Pentagon was still smoking when I flew into Washington’s National(Reagan) airport on the next Saturday, 9/15/01. I think of Bush #43 saying ” I hear you” on that Ground Zero rubble pile. I think of one of the most moving books – The Heart of a Soldier by J. Stewart – I’ve read, and its hero – Rick Rescorla – three times a HERO for the ages! And, I think of many artists who have shared their songs and lyrics with bent but not brokenAmericans.
I’ll mention just three:
As reported in a WSJ OPED today, Carole King sang “You’ve Got a Friend” to assembled command post watchstanders near New Yor City. Ms. King offered, “I couldn’t sit at home anymore and watch television. I needed to offer you my voice.”
Please be one of Keith’s GOOD GUYS/LADIES, be Heartbreaker Resilient, and offer SOMETHING. We have causes galore for which to offer SOMETHING: giving blood, serving on a food line for the hungry in our community, making charitable contributions, reaching out to make a new friend…
9-11-20 began with mindful time to remember those fallen and to cheerlead for a United and peaceful nation.
I gratefully donated to the Pentagon Memorial Fund.
And with a day of grace, I’ll volunteer time tomorrow to help others learn rowing and clean a coastal area of San Diego Bay.
Dying words of Captain John Miller to Private Ryan at a different time are still germane for us as 9-11 survivors and never-forgetting thankful, “James, Earn This.”
Respectfully – with places to go and SOMETHINGS worthy to do,
Titular trembles came today to good citizens in my ‘ol stompin’ grounds of Monmouth County, New Jersey. Bruce Springsteen and Jack Nicholson territory, yup.
You saw that correctly – New Jersey, the “Garden State” experienced what we Californians sorta accept as reality – temblors and earthquakes. Today’s shock and aftershocks are reportedly small in a Richter sort of way.
We don’t need any shake here in Cali (or locusts either) – as we have plenty of flame-broiled baking – regrettably.
Here’s to our thousands of firefighters who are doing their darnedest to protect Golden state property and lives! I think of their performance – in heavy and hot mufti – and likely dehydration. Our bodies are amazing. Yet, we’re NOT camels – of either variety- so a redundant message of proper hydration helps with SAFETY FIRST. Most of us can absorb a quart of water per hour. Think about sweat and water vapor expended in exertions like beating back flames – or heavy exercise. Forewarned is forearmed, as this infographic portrays:
And how about recent, confounding weather in the Rockies? From red-hot, hotter than hokey temperatures to pearly white snowfall in one day. Kudos to Coloradans for their adaptation. Credible studies show that COLD Temperatures can be good for us, if we are cautious and do not pursue DARWIN awards for stupidity.
SHIVER My Timbers!
Cold Therapy is something for KABOOMERs to consider seriously, and not just because of my FROSTY family name!.
One’s metabolism, lymphatics and general constitution can benefit from intended chilly efforts – like COLD SHOWERs. KABOOM. The WIM HOF Method offers these potential other upsides of shivering and controlled breathing – BRRR:
boosting your immune system
improving your mental well-being
increasing your energy
managing some fibromyalgia symptoms
relieving some symptoms of depression
Trust but verify, always, for prudence and safety!
I’m off to take my cold shower in this hot and smoky town.
Good luck to my former county mates in Joisey!
ps– please peruse your latest KABOOMER Newsletterand listen to some good vibrations with yours truly…
You’ll be able to listen to eight exciting hours of genuine tips and tricks to help you build your STAMININETY.
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Surely, Thriving and Striving into our Nineties takes a bit of work. Yet, your viable, sustaining physical portfolio will have an impressive RETURN on INVESTMENT for your time and talent.
Here’s that refresher PHYSICAL BANK Account to which Muddy Waters alluded:
Drink before thirst, listen to your body, and stay WELL PAST FORTY.
Our eleventh letter of the English alphabet – K – is pretty special. Did you sense, or know, that K is used so sparingly? Only letters J, Q, X and Z are used less than #11 n our modern speeches and writings. Let’s consider a slew of GREAT words hangin’ around our vocabularies that relate to KABOOMing – K?
As a prelude, The ABCs of Ageing(sp) Gratefully offer that K represents “KISS like ya mean it.” Enough said for those who “like it HOT” – just like Norma Jeane Moretensen – immortalized by Sir Elton John’s Candle in the Wind –
Let’s begin with that Greek letter/symbol Kappa. Some readers may have been Phi Beta KAPPAs [ΦBK] because of their prestigious liberal arts acumen. I’m certainly NOT aΦBK! Something happened on the way to the forum, as KAPPA was the 10th letter of the Grecian alphabet, a spot lower than our 11th spot…. I have no clue why KAPPA is related to the number twenty?! If you have time on your hands in these waning days of COVID summer, you might practice signing this ancient letter –
Linguists assert that the Norman Conquest led to diminished use of “K” in the King’s and Queen’s English – if you need a trivia point when you have your next game of Jeopardy…
With Kudos to Mental Floss, here are Your Koach’s List of 11kool O’ K words – with their meanings:
KAFFEEKLATSCH – a coffee gossip and catch-up encounter. Right – STARBUCK’s IS a bit easier on the tongue. And low-acid, high polyphenol coffee, or kaffee is GOOD for most KABOOMEREs as a natural ergogenic (in moderation).
KAKIDROSIS – smelly sweat. THis is NOT exercise-induced perspiration as a rule. It is our other perspiration – fearful, stress-driven sweat. We love to sweat to cool our bodies, measure proper C6-C10 cytokine actions in our bods, and help our livers detoxify. Yet, we try not to generate KAKIDROSIS.
KAKORRHAPHIAPHOBIAs – these sentiments happen to folks who suffer from fear of failure. As I wrote in KABOOMER, please think of the acronym FEAR as Face Everything and Rise. No suffering, no smelly sweat – K? Incidentally, KOPOPHOBIA is a fear of Fatigue. KABOOMERS honor fatigue as the result of building their physical bank counts! Remember that legendary Koach Vince Lombardi offered that “Fatigue makes cowards of us all”. Did I offer Face Everything and Rise? Yup.
KALON – this is uber kool! Kalon means stoic beauty in both physical and moral contexts. KABOOMERS have KALON, IMO.
KECKER – meaning squeamish. That descriptor does not fit KABOOMERs. We use mindfulness and fortitude to face challenges and calm our nerves. Right?
KEDGE BELLY – this person is a large a gluttonous eater. Remember this dude from an Addendum in KABOOMER?
KABOOMERs don’t become Kedge Bellied, “apple-shaped”, endomorphs – Si?
7. KICKY-WICKY – The Bard himself used kicky-wicky to describe whimsical or fantastic people. KABOOMERs should be honored to be labeled kicky-wicky! We are laughable, affable, and stay light-hearted, ’cause Dr. Patch Adams says we should for “good medicine.”
8. KING’s BARGAIN – this is olde slang for a dude or lady who shirks duty or responsibility. KABOOMERs are most definitelyopposites of KING’s BARGAINs! They willingly accept the efforts needed to build their physical portfolios! Motion to Sweat is their regular, habitual duty.
9. KINTRACLASH – this “talk of the town” or gossip is thoroughly discounted by KABOOMERs whose felicities of age (according to R.W. Emerson) encourage practices of the subtle art of not giving a F$%*. Counter-intuitive as this might seem, KABOOMERs DO NOT SWEAT small Stuff. And most of life’s hassles [not ALL] are small stuff! Remember what Hans Selye wrote, IT IS NOT STRESS WHICH KILLS US…
10. KNICKKNACKATORY – this is a shop which sells knick knacks – just like your KABOOMER “e-Kommerce” shop on another page of wellpastforty.com.
11. KOAN – this isn’t a Norman word, rather Koan comes from Zen Buddhists. Koans are “paradoxes to train and improve thinking.” KAABOOM! That is our Mind-Body Alignment – sans brain fog – to get through life’s challengers. KABOOMERS think clearly, by getting fuel and Oxygen to their clear-headed executive functions to CARPE DIEM. Now, that is a mix of language and origin, with my apologies to you ΦBKs…
O’ K Boomer (ha). Your scribe and wellness Koach says: drink some kaffee, show your Koan, exhibit your Kicky-wicky frivolity often, rise above kintraclash, avoid kedge bellies and, get your KABOOMER “KIT” at our new [secure] e-commerce KNICKKNACKATORY.
Hues – like reds and blues – can be funny “things.” Perhaps you know a funny person named Hugh, yet today’s post is about wavelengths we can see and virtuous associations developed over centuries. If I added mellow YELLOW Light to the blog title, you’d have ALL our Primary colors to consider. I’m glad that state primaries are over in this crazy election year, yet I want PRIMARY COLORS to be on my plenteous plates of Vitamin P(lant) for many years to come.
And I hope that we can ardently avert self-saboteur behavior as we go!
I find it amusing that a color – like a warm red or a cool blue – impacts a person as it does.
I’m a rube in metaphysics, traditional healing, and biblical symbolisms. Here’s what I think I know…colors are associated with CHAKRAs in eastern meditation, Christian virtues [or lack thereof for BLACK as the absence of color wavelength.] Reiki treatments may enable colors associated with energy, “don’t be misled into thinking that colours are unimportant.” I’m not misled…”It is commonly asserted that human beings have five senses – sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. We use these senses to learn about, and navigate in, the world.” Let’s sense what “R O Y G I V B”
can mean to KABOOMERS in contexts of wellness and fitness:
Many of us boomers watched GILLIGAN’s ISLAND on our family little B&W television sets in yesteryears. You may recall that this show’s main characters may (or may not ) symbolize seven distractions of life (that far right column in the Table above). Gilligan’s creator,Sherwood Schwartz, reportedly admitted to its intended symbolism. I love what an NPR articles offers as life’s metaphor. And this is a key point of our Red Light, Blue Light “column”…
“each of us has our own inner Gilligan, that sweet-natured, well-meaning part of us that always sabotages us from getting what we really want. Maybe if we truly want to succeed in life, we need to kill our own inner Gilligan.” KABOOM.
My rather puritanical and wannabe-hippie Dad used to remind me that the road to Hades is paved with good intentions. KABOOM redux. The centered column in the Table above has meaning for me, as I hope it does for you…
Have purpose and faith in your ability and capability. Trust your knowledge gained to live well and eat clean (circling back to Vitamin P(lant)). Make good choices, and be accountable for your actions. Finally, build your Individual WORTH in that “7S” physical bank account without letting STRESS steal or sabotage occur.
Conscious, senseless SABOTAGE?NOT ON MY WATCH!
If you follow my drift, I’m making a KABOOMER kase for succeeding in our journeys, our idyllics quests, to party past ninety. Yup – stamininety shouldn’t be sabotaged by our sweet inner selves.
You know what can happen if we let it: it’s pretty hot today, I think I’ll skip my workout…
Don’t let good intentions way-lay you on your journey. Stay the course, and perhaps get off that devilish isle of temptation to live longer and better. We don’t know, as DH Lawrence penned, where our stamininety journey will take us, or how lengthy a journey it will ultimately be. Yet, be adventurous, stay kid-like and do what Blue Zone folks do.
Man is a thought-adventurer. Man is a great venture in consciousness. Where the venture started, and where it will end, nobody knows.
– Lawrence, D H, Books.
My favorite color? Fair query… a cool and settling Sailor BLUE.
Be successful Navigators. And away we purposefully go.
I take great pleasure in reading, or rather devouring each Saturday’s Wall Street Journal.
I find the WSJ’s Book reviews, Lifestyle information and general journalism to be wonderful. Case study: I consumed a wonderous book review for author Hugh Raffles. His work’s title was The Book of_Unconformities, subtitled Speculations on Lost Time. Though Raffles’ writings were focused on things geological, I challenge that written counsel for Unconformities in our KABOOMER context! And for linguists, I will swap “un” to “non-” to be in stride with our Queen’s English.
I quoted J.R.R. Tolkiein in KABOOMER about non-withering oaks. Now, I thank the Hobbit and him for this riddle:
Credit: The Hobbit
My null hypothesis and “timely” assertion?
KABOOMERs should speculate, plan. and move down their roads ahead. Leaning into Time rather peering in their rearview mirrors while dwelling on lost days of yore.
In stamininety spirit – let’s make our next years’ our best years. My audiobook coach-turned farmer reminds me that “it’s later than you think”, yet assuredly it is NOT too late.
We can still build skeletal muscle in our mid-eighties for instance. Not easy. Yet investing in something important isn’t always easy. KABOOM.
I don’t conform to actuarial norms for death as a bell curve conformist. I am doing my very best to drive Insurance actuaries and Social Security actuaries loco with a physical portfolio which enhances my chances to party past ninety.
Of course, that’s bell curve “big data” with both lower and upper outliers. Well, I want to be an upper year outlier and I want you to be a longevity outlier as well. You know this Koach’s corollary – Add life to all those many years, too!
≥ Living to 100 Calculator – I might make it as a centenarian. I’ll take most or all of those outlier years which Dr. Perls suggests are plausible! You and I are investing in our physical “banks” to get there.
How do we get there (to ninety or more candles) with non-conformity and nil speculation?
Well, doing things a little bit differently is what my forbear, Ralph Waldo Emerson, wrote way back in Civil War times; when he enticed Bostonians take advantage of Felicities of Aging. One of those nonconformist steps is to not give a tinker’s damn about what other people say. Another is the wisdom gained you get your “encore” house in order. Bang Your Own Drum in a musical sort of way. Make some noise and enjoy the ruckus!
And speaking of music, I cite a gentleman named Charlie Parker, a bellwether jazz musician; a young free-wheeling trend-maker and breaker. Young Charlie was extraordinary for his music as well as his impact on future musicians. He didn’t bang on the drum all day as Todd Rundgren sang. Rather, Parker played a woodwind instrument, a sexy saxophone, until his untimely death at age 34. It would have been his 100th birthday last week.
Composer and pianist George Gershwin is another extraordinary candle sniffed out far too quickly as a non-conformist. Our musical world is a better for his innovations! GG was only 39 when he passed. We Medicare-aged folks have outlived that pair of musical prodigies. An adage goes, quantity may have qualities all its own! And, Warren Buffett, who just blew out his quantity of NINETY candles last week, made his fortune after age 65!
And, you know of the resilience and persistence of a “bird” Colonel salesman, Harland Sanders.
That white-clad southerner didn’t get “fast casual” acclaim ‘til he was older than me. [He lived to ninety too].
These folks DIDN’T mark Time, they made Time!
Conformity – bah!
Physicist Richard Feynman, who helped design the atom bomb, was pretty notorious for doing crazy things as a professor at Caltech.
Admiral Ray Spruance was a non-conformist in the way that he dressed on board ships in World War II. He offered extraordinary autonomy and delegation to his subordinates. Do you sense that I admire “un” or non-conformists?
Here are four of many more [If you asked me to extend my list – Jack LaLanne would be high on it!]
1. Steve Jobs. He asked, would you rather be a sailor or a pirate? I pile on… would you rather be Johnny Depp or a Pirate of the Caribbean or a white hat in America’s Navy? There are certain merits and demerits for both lifestyles.
2. Dick Fosbury. This lanky high jumper from ORYGUN was a track and field pioneer who trademarked a “flopped” better way to go “ALTIUS” in Olympic tradition. He didn’t quit, fer sure!
3. Eric Liddell. That devout English sprinter refused to participate in his main event (the 100M race) in the 1924 Olympiad, due to his sabbath. He ran to gold with an unorthodox, underdog style in the longer 400M event. He found his strength – from within.
4. Satchell Paige. Tall Leroy “Satchel” Paige may be quoted about Life as much as Yogi Berra is. Example: Don’t look back, something may be gaining on you…
“On July 7, 1948, his 42nd birthday, Paige became the oldest player to debut in the Major Leagues, as well as the first Negro League pitcher in the American League….[Seventeen years later, he again pitched in the big show at age FIFTY NINE.] Joe DiMaggio thought that Paige was the toughest pitcher that he ever faced! And he often quoted another non-conformist – Mark Twain, “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
Bang your own drum.
Sweat six days each week, every week.
Do not give a tinker’s damn.
Honor Father Time (and Mother Nature) => be an unwithering oak as JRR Tolkien wrote.
Don’t mind, so age doesn’t matter!
Change your world – day by day.
C’mon September – let’s see what unconformities it throws our way.