Preventing Your Own Problems

Mark Baker (@guruanaerobic) had a provocative Tweet listing "10 things I've learned in the past year." The last year very reasonably might have challenged a lot of things that people believe leading to short term outcomes they might never have thought they'd see like shutdowns and restrictions on mobility. Note, I am not giving an opinion about the right/wrong of those policies, just stating that I never thought we'd have to debate and live with those sorts of policies even if they are temporary. For the record, my thoughts are not binary yes/no and I'll save that discussion for another time.

For me, the biggest thing I learned was more of a reiteration of a couple of important life priorities I've been cultivating my entire adult life. I've used the analogy before of not wanting to be in a crowd of people at the back of a semi waiting for a handout of a bag of groceries hoping there's enough for me. I can appreciate how harsh that is but it succinctly creates a visual that less dramatically applies to other situations like being in desperate need of whatever round of stimulus we happen to be on.

A little while back I started to describe this as no one will care more about your outcomes than you. There's a saying that goes something like one death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic. Again, harsh reality but when you're in a bad situation as the result of a pandemic or the like, as far as politicians and policy markers are concerned you are just a statistic. I don't doubt that on some level politicians do want to fix things for people but we have to be open to the reality that fixing things may not even be their second priority. With that in mind, it is up to us to prevent/solve our own problems.

Daniel Kelly Tweeted "Most men have given up on their physical health by the age of 50." I replied how much easier middle age can be when you're fit. Bad things happen when we eat too many carbohydrates and lose muscle mass. We prevent/solve our own problems by cutting sugar consumption and lifting weights. It is never too late to start either one. Related to not wanting to be waiting for a bag of food at the back of a semi, I do not want to manage a bunch of prescriptions and wait in doctors' offices a couple of times a week. I also would like to be able to continue to handle 5-gallon water jugs and 50 pound bags of dog food to a very old age.

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