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Anyone can learn most anything in two years. In 4,000 hours of dedicated study you can speak a new language, learn to code, master social media, learn pretty much any new field this side of rocket science and brain surgery. It’s true, you will most likely not be translating Mandarin...

What You Eat

you are what you eat We have been talking a lot about personal responsibility recently- this includes what you put in body. Getting your food right requires attention, effort and perseverance. You must acquire this knowledge, and then you must diligently apply it. What may dubiously have worked for us 40 years...

Adaptation

hard is not impossible We have been writing for the last month about this simple idea: hard is not impossible. We walked, we made friends in elevators, we meditated, we endured cold showers. So what is the point of all this? Self-flagellation?The most powerful thing to do to change your...

Swiss Radio

Swiss Radio interview I was recently interviewed on Swiss radio about my thoughts on Swiss life."If you remove all difficulty and challenge from your life, if you go into a world of total comfort and total luxury, you've also entered the realm of total decay. One of the things I...
Living in Beta One of the harder things for many of us to get our minds around — myself included — is the idea that nothing we do is actually finished. This is particularly difficult when applied to things we think are more or less set: our knowledge base, our...
why is the wave of change happening now? The last couple of weeks, I have been out speaking and have been regularly asked the same question of “Why now? Why is this new way of living midlife emerging now?” There are many reasons, but here at AGEIST we have identified...

Aging Well

aging well is hard work This week I learned one of my high school classmates, who has also been overweight/obese for decades, has Type 2 diabetes, organ complications and a grim future. I have no knowledge of what has been said between him and his doctors these past decades, but...
Clearly there is something going on out in the world. It’s beyond the scope of AGEIST to explain or really comment on the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. There are bigger brains doing a better job at that than we can. There are, however, some AGEIST-related facts that you may...
Get Uncomfortable I have been writing about pushing ourselves to do things that may seem impossible but that are actually just difficult or unpleasant. There is another side to this.  What happens if we consistently allow ourselves only to do what is most comfortable? My friend Jonathan tells me he...

Meditation

One of the most fascinating and surprising discoveries of AGEIST has been that most of our people have some sort of meditation practice. I have been meditating daily for about 5 years, and had previously half-heartedly been attempting to for about 15 years. In my exploration, I became familiar with...