If You Think Surgery Is Simple – Think Again

On the 12th of January I went in to have an arthroscopy on my right knee––a minor procedure––or so I thought. These last years I had been very active; skiing, cycling, swimming and hiking with occasional recurrent knee pain; it didn’t stop me, so I continued as usual.

Then on New Years Day, we decided to take a five-kilometre hike rather than cycle in a gale-force wind. Little did I know what an effect that hike would have. Within 24 hours my knee blew up like a balloon, twice the size of my other knee. An exercise of any note––even walking––became tough. Continue reading “If You Think Surgery Is Simple – Think Again”

Where Are You On The Aging Spectrum?

We make presentations and run workshops for many seniors groups about changing the mindset of aging. Our intention is to implore seniors to embrace this time of life as an opportunity to do new things. Occasionally we get some fascinating comments from the audience.

We often like to do the rocking chair test in which we have people visualize how they see their life as they scan back through the years. The response to this can be quite varied. One woman who was in her mid 70’s said, “I can’t wait to die.” Another woman—who was 96—asked if she could visualize herself at age 105. She looked very vibrant for her age and was enthusiastic even in her 90’s Continue reading “Where Are You On The Aging Spectrum?”

Being Who You Are

at the Broadway Opening of "The Color Purple". The Broadway Theatre, New York, NY. 12-01-05

by Dr Joe Kosterich

In life David Bowie was always a trendsetter, one step ahead of the herd. In having and then dying of cancer he again went against the popular trend. It was a private matter. He did not announce to the world that he had been diagnosed with an illness. There was no ongoing story of his brave battle with cancer. There were no pictures of him with drip lines on social media. He did not start an awareness campaign, a foundation or call for somebody to put up more funding.

Even the tweet by his son confirming the passing was succinct and accompanied by “his signing off for now”.

He dealt with a personal issue in private. This is rare and praiseworthy.

Ben Elton’s 2007 book Blind Faith (pre Instagram, Facebook and Twitter taking off) is set in a word where everyone knows everything about everybody. And where, what a person “feels “ and “truly believes” is protected under law while what is rational and even provable is condemned as heresy.

Less than a decade later this fiction has almost come to pass. The ability of those whose “feelings” have been “offended” are vigorously pursued by a gaggle of government departments while facts go by the wayside. The events in Cologne bear this out.

What we had for lunch is Facebook fodder and who any particular celebrity is sleeping with this week is click bait. Cable TV is filled with “reality” shows like Geordie Shore where getting drunk and having sex is done for the entertainment of others.

I have no issue with what people watch or how they live their lives – that is their business.

However, the right to privacy and free speech matter and must be defended. Offence can never be given, only taken. Freedom of thought and expression are genuine human rights.

A pushback is starting against political correctness, which stops people saying what they think. Most are over closing down of discussions by calling someone an “ist” of some description.

Bowie has shown us we do not have to share publicly every facet of our lives. We can live and die peacefully with only those who matter to us.

Make 2016 a year to reclaim your individuality and right to self-expression.

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