Mungkin ini yang sebaiknya dilakukan oleh penggiat urban farming: Gerilya Kebun Sayur. Ron Finley berbagi dalam TED Talks mengenai gerilya yang dilakukan di Los Angeles, United States. Dia menanam sayur, pertama di halaman depan rumahnya, yang lalu menyebar ke tanah2 kosong sekitar. Tanaman ini tidak memiliki pagar, sehingga siapa saja bisa mengambil sayuran yang siap panen. Kenapa tidak diberi tembok? “Because this is like a pay-it-forward thing!
I think, when I’m 100 years old, the world would have changed so much that it become unrecognizable and different from what I used to be. Not to mention the illness and disability
But, what if one can live over 100 years and free from disability? Dan Buettner share his study with National Geographic about The Blue Zones in the TED Talks below. What is The Blue Zones? According to Dan Buettner, it is places where the number of people that reach the age of 100 and over are 10 times greater than in United States.
It is not being 100 years old that is interesting, but the disability-free, free of cancer, diabetes and coronary disease that caught my attention. Dan put out slides and video, where 100 years old man still ride his horse. Another centenarian, a word for those who are over 100 years old, can beat someone 60 years younger in armwrestling. And, what do you think of a 97 years old doing open heart surgery?
Although I don’t expect to reach 100 years age, I do expect to live to see my son grow up. But, simply living is not good enough. It also has to be disability-free and with high level of energy. What good it does if I live long, but unable to get out of bed, or keep forgetting things, or in severe pain?
In fact, I still aim to run marathon as I grow old. I still want to run marathon in my 50s, 60s, or even 70s, if I live long enough.
And, in Dan Buettner and National Geographic studies, there are another surprising facts. It is not the advance in medication that helps people to live 100 years and disability-free. These Blue Zones approach prevention instead of prescribe. It is also not regular exercise, nor strict diet that make them live longer and disability-free.
In minutes 15 into the talk, Dan outlines the common things found in The Blue Zones. Here are the common things, and what I think about it.
- Be physically active. And what it means by active here is not doing regular exercise, but set your day so that you can be physically active all day. If you are corporate worker like me, walk instead of sending email to you colleague. Walk out during lunch instead of asking the office boy to buy your lunch. Use stairs if you are going 2-3 floors, instead of elevator. And if you are keen, bike or even run to work instead of driving.
- Have a sense of purpose. I’ve seen people get sicker once they retire, simply because they lose their sense of purpose. Do charity, run a small non-profit organization, write, or anything else that give you sense of purpose.
- Shut down regularly. The world demand more attention from us everyday, especially with the smart phone that keep buzzing for attention. Turn off notifications from your phone. Take some time every day to shutdown and reflect. My favorite time is 4:30 in the morning, just before dawn.
- Eat well. It means, eat variety of food closest to its natural state. Eat enough, not too much, not too little. Even alcohol, drink enough wine. Not too much, not too little.
- Have Faith. Lets face it, you can’t control everything, or change everything. Those you can’t change or control, you need to accept it, and trust that everything will be OK.
- Family first. That means, call your parents. Take care of them. If you have spouse and kids, spend time with them. Give them priority. Love them.
- Right community. It means, create a close community that support each other. Pick friends that can support you with the other things above.
No, you can’t stop aging or death. But if you can live disability-free, I think you will have a life worth living for.
I used to read books on my kindle when I still took public transport to commute. Ever since my kindle broke, and today, as I’m mostly driving to office, reading a book during commute is no longer possible.
But I still have 2-3 hours every day in my commute. That is a lot of time of doing nothing, given the complexity to juggle between work, training and family. Plus, radio has become boring. There are too much ads, and too much sarcasm that, each time I listen to radio during my commute, I arrive at the office and feel drained.
So, in the last one month since I’m back to driving to commute, podcasts have been my savior. I started to listed to podcast since my kindle broke. Back then, I used earphone to listen to podcast from my iPod. I even invested in bluetooth earphone to make it easier to listen to podcast, without the hassle of cables running around my body and bag.
Driving make it even easier and comfortable to listen to podcast. Each night I would check to make sure that enough podcast downloaded to my iPod via my home Wi-Fi. Then every morning, I just plug my iPod touch to the car’s head unit, and listen to the podcast without the hassle of cables running around me. After one month, I feel refreshed each time I arrive at my office.
If you are curious to start to listen to podcast during your commute, here is the list of podcast that I’m subscribed to:
- TED Radio Hour from NPR. http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510298/ted-radio-hour. The weekly podcast from NPR, as the name says, revolve around TED topics. They will choose several TED Talks of similar themes, then do additional interview with the speakers to elaborate the idea further. I feel that TED Radio Hour is more enjoyable and understandable compared to the TED Talks itself, where the conversation is one-sided.
- Rich Roll Podcast. Rich Roll talks about wellness and living, and sometime also about ultra endurance that human accomplish. I like his format of long conversation, and also able to relate some topics of ultra endurance. Lately however, I have been interested in wellness as well, and Rich Roll Podcast suit me well.
You can find all of the podcast channel above by searching in itunes, or some other major podcast network. If you happen to listen to podcast during your commute for sometime, I would also like to hear your favorite channel. Do leave them in the comment below.