Imagine you’re a farmer who just moved to a new state.
Your humble little plot of land lies amongst hundreds of the vast megafarms who dominate the area. Thousands of acres each, these farms have been here for generations and have an almost unimaginable capability to produce the state’s favorite crop; corn.
Your first year in the state, you work your butt off growing corn.
You fertilize the soil, irrigate the fields, ward off pests and
“A body at rest will remain at rest,
and a body in motion will remain in motion
unless it is acted upon by an external force”
– Newton’s First Law
Recently Jenna and I attended a wedding in Lebanon (side note: it was amazing). Our travel itinerary had us on an 8-hour flight to London followed by a 4-hour flight to Beirut. The way back, going against the jet stream, added about 3 total hours. All-in
Read a fascinating article in The Economist this morning about recent studies focusing on the relation of senescent cells (nicknamed zombie cells) to age-related diseases. The aforementioned article and this Medium article are much more eloquent summaries of these new findings. The actual studies (Baker Study and Xu Study) provide the most detailed reading. My goal here is to parse it out in layman’s terms for my own understanding.
What are senescent cells?
Senescent cells are worn-out cells
A couple years after Jenna and I had gotten home from our 11-month trip around the world, I vividly remember flipping through my Facebook newsfeed and coming across photos of a friend, let’s call him Carlos, traveling in New Zealand.
They were your run-of-the-mill travel photos – where Carlos was facing away from the camera with arms outstretched overlooking some picturesque landscape. Like this…
“Man, I wish I could have a life like Carlos…”, I
As is the case with most of my writing, my intention with this list was to bring some clarity to my own thoughts. And while I wrote these lessons for myself, it’s my hope that they provide some fresh perspective and perhaps a little inspiration to those who read it.
In no way do I claim them to be universal, but simply impactful in the life I’ve led.
Do I follow them all the time? Heck no!
“We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited.”
“Why show him the world when he’s never going to leave the ghetto? Because, she would say, even if he never leaves the ghetto, he will know that the ghetto is not the world. If that is all I accomplish, I’ve done enough.”
-Trevor Noah, Born
A couple months ago I was listening to an episode of the Kevin Rose Show with Dr. Valter Longo, Director of the Longevity Institute at USC. Here’s the description from the show notes:
Dr. Valter Longo is director of the Longevity Institute at USC and the Program on Longevity and Cancer at IFOM in Milan. In this podcast, we discuss Dr. Longo’s new book, The Longevity Diet, which is the culmination of 25 years of research on aging,
Warning: This post says “Fuck” 26 times. Hide ya kids.
People dream up life-changing plans every day.
“I’m going to start my business!”
“I’m going to quit my job and travel the world!”
“I’m breaking up with my boyfriend and moving to San Diego!”
Adrenaline is pumping, images of glory dance through your head; this is really it isn’t it? It’s really going to happen!!
Except it’s probably not.
Nearly two years ago (wow) at the start of our 11-month journey around the world, Jenna and I spent a month zipping around New Zealand in a campervan spray-painted with the gaudiest American eagle you’ve ever seen. While the van itself was wonderful, the eagle (and angry lady liberty on the flip side) were not exactly typical of our taste.
So when our month with this, er, unique vehicle was up we readily handed it in. Never
I just found a gem that I think you’ll enjoy.
Going through some of my old online accounts I stumbled across the blog I (briefly) kept for my first backpacking journey – a mostly solo 4-month foray through Europe after I had quit my first job out of college.
This post portrays the initial panic I felt about leaving my life at home and the assurance of the ultimate realization that I was doing the right