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moby:into the blue

Chlorine is still stinging my eyes.  Pools bug me.  It’s like taking a bath with the public, plus toxic chemicals.  I haven’t enjoyed the pool in 20 years.  I’d much rather swim in the ocean, simply because it’s less “chemical.”  But the kids love it, so I decided I need to grit my teeth and get over myself.

It’s one of the toughest things to do, I think: to get over yourself.  I was a bachelor living on my own for about 14 or so years.  I didn’t really have to do anything I didn’t want to.  Sure, I had work, and sure, I had girlfriends or family or other pressures to do things I didn’t like, but by and large I set my own schedule.

In a way, you don’t grow if you set your own schedule. If you ONLY do what you want to do, you may never be pushed to try something new or do something different.  I was badgering into trying sushi by a fraternity brother – now I love it.  I was pushed to try a cruise by my girlfriend-at-the-time-now-wife and was surprised that I enjoyed it.

Now, there are some things that you can reject. I still hate beets.  I’ve tried.  But I do.  I don’t like opera.  I’ve tried.  I fell asleep twice at opera performances.  But I tried.  And don’t get me wrong – sometimes you should pursue what YOU want, whether or not that means rejected other reasonable options.  I’ve established for myself that I love reading fantasy literature – and I’m not going to stop reading it to pick up mysteries at this point.  But trying something new has to be attempted from time to time.  That effort – trying – is part of being human.  If you aren’t trying, you’re just a robot.  It’s easy to avoid the new, or the different.

On to the links….

How to Get Retiree Health Insurance Before 65: I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – it’s the great shame of America that we even have to have this discussion.  No other advanced Western country has blog posts about how to avoid medical bankruptcy, or deal with being old and not being able to afford health care, or being too sick to afford health care.  The recent reforms tweaked some of the problems, but the fact that Americans live in financial terror of medical conditions – rather than medical terror of medical conditions – is absurd, shameful and frankly ridiculous.  We have a brilliant, entrepreneurial, productive country that’s being killed by silly things like health care costs and worries over retirement. Argh.

The ERE book has now sold 2500 copies :  Jacob was kind enough to give me a copy of this book.  I’m still working on a review, but my short review is:  read it.  It’s thought provoking.  I don’t agree with 100% of it, but it gave me a lot of food for thought, and maybe it will for you, too.  Perhaps I’ll do a giveaway if anyone expresses interest.

 

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