Cowards die many times before their deaths

When I confided to my good friend and mentor Reynaldo that I had been sucked into a vicious cycle of internet “research” - anxiety - fear - more research - anxiety - and so on… after having been experiencing an assortment of physical, non-imaginary and imaginary symptoms without a diagnosis, with each cycle pointing to a more morbid condition, he curtly responded with the following verses:

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear,
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come

Those are the words of Julius Caesar, as penned by Shakespeare, when Caesar was alerted not to go to the capitol because death may be awaiting.

Why die many times as a cyberchondriac coward in front of a computer screen?

El momento en que estas (Presente) - Argentinian Rock

El momento en que estas (Presente) - Argentinian Rock

“I remember once, in a concert, that we began playing Presente and, on the second stanza, people stood up and started clapping. We had never seen anything like that, we didn’t really understand, and we were paralyzed. We were shocked, we had trouble keeping on playing. We were distracted because the audience took part in what they saw, and it wasn’t because they’d heard it on the radio, because they had never heard it before.”

A tip of the hat Ricardo, so many memories, teary eyes, gratitude, love. A song that came to our hearts and stays there forever.

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Is a fixed-rate mortgage cognitive dissonance?

When we leave the room, my boss comes to me and says: “listen to me, yes, we agreed that floating rate is always better for the company, but for your house you should always go fixed."

Thirty minutes before, I had persuaded the big boys in the room to enter into several billion-dollar swap contracts that effectively transformed the company’s fixed rate debt into floating rate instruments, similar to ARMs. 

So why then my boss and everyone else in that room had expressed the opposite view in their personal finances? Why the cognitive dissonance?

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Old Agoura 10K for fun

Old Agoura 10K for fun

How was it different than running solo? There were so many people, each running at a different pace. It was disorienting. If it weren’t for my Garmin watch, it would’ve been impossible to know (to feel) whether I was running at a sustainable rhythm.

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Ramble about decluttering mind hacks

Ramble about decluttering mind hacks

...always inclined to invest in learning about productivity tricks, mind hacks, health and fitness experiments… but… the more I learn, the more packed my day gets with tips, tricks, hacks and experiments. And once my day is filled, I continue writing tricks and hacks in a mental to-do list to complete on an "ideal day,” “when I get there". The overload makes me useless. So now what?

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