I firmly believe that the less a person does, the less they can do. I think all systems need regular use. In other words, life is not about doing as little as possible.
From Harvard Health comes four tips to a happier and healthier retirement:
Forge a new social network.
I am struggling with the first tip since the move to Arizona. The damn virus shut down all car events for over a year and, to be honest, I don’t know if one can really create true friendships at such venues. We are cordial with our neighbors, but since most of them have children under age 18 living at home, creating friendships is difficult for a childless couple like us.
Carolyn Dean, MD says this, “If you think that retirement is the time to put your feet up or to stay home and watch TV, everything will go downhill. You need to exercise your mind and strengthen your body. As the body slows, so does the mind.” Numerous studies have found that physical activity, such as resistance training and cardiovascular exercise, supports cognitive functioning in older adults.
I am physically active, but still think I am suffering from cognitive decline. Of course, I have no idea if it would be even worse without regular exercise.
I have written many times that I struggle because I am not enjoying the level of engagement I had in my 20+ years in baseball. This blog is important to me because it encourages creativity and allows me to interact with people with whom I would not interact otherwise.
Any thoughts from those of you who are retired will be much appreciated.
In a comment dialogue with David Banner (not his real name), I asked if he thought that many people who attend medical school are motivated by potential earnings above all else. In a text, he replied,
“Re: your question about motivation I would say no. In college I had the choice to go to business school or medical school. The money on Wall Street was and is better. But volunteering in the Shock Trauma Unit before my senior year convinced me to go to med school. What you have to do to make money as a doc these days is not worth the aggravation of med school residency/fellowship then trying to get a decent job post training. It’s the thrill of the chase.”
I suspect many reasons exist that motivate people to attend medical school (or law school). I asked the question because my impression, incorrect though it may be, is that fewer med school grads go into general practice than in the past but instead gravitate towards higher paying specialties. Of course, the debt burden acquired in med school might play a role in that as well.
In this post from Why Evolution Is True the author shares his idea about how to get more people to get vaccinated against the damn virus. He proposes more “horror” stories in PSAs.
In this post from the same blog the author offers books to counter the out-of-control idea of “
wokeness.” Many liberals will be offended, but this blog is written by a liberal. I guess not all political “ideologues” have gone off the deep end, yet.
In this recent post, Latest Automotive Obsession, I wrote about my strong desire for a 1942 DeSoto. Well, on this day in 1928 Chrysler introduced the DeSoto make as a 1929 model year car. DeSoto sold more than 81,000 units in its first year, a record that (supposedly) stood until the Ford Falcon in 1960. I’ve read that in many places, but think that the Studebaker Lark–an all new model–sold more than 130,000 units in its debut year of 1959. Maybe it’s true that history is written by the victors, not the vanquished. Anyway, from Wikimedia, a picture of a 1929 DeSoto Model K Six Sedan:
The make was severely hurt by the 1957-58 economic recession with 1958 sales being 60% lower than those of the previous year. While other makes recovered when the economy did, DeSoto did not. Chrysler’s mishandling of DeSoto’s market niche and competition in the price class from other companies were probably the largest factors. Once the rumors surfaced about DeSoto being discontinued, they became a self-fulfilling prophecy. The make was discontinued in November, 1960 just weeks after the 1961 models were introduced. Only 3,034 ’61s were manufactured.
DeSoto built just over 2,000,000 cars during its existence. While that pales in comparison to other makes, even defunct ones like Oldsmobile (which built 35,000,000 cars), DeSoto should be remembered for its place in Chrysler and US automotive history.
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