When I turned 38 recently, I casually remarked to a friend that I was "almost 40." I've been teased ever since then for making myself older than I am already. (I wasn't saying it disparagingly. Sheesh. It was just an observation.)
Now I think I should start wearing some of these tattoos for the elderly and really freak her out! ;)
After all, I explained at the time that 40 doesn't scare me because I feel like I was born an old soul, and I'm actually getting younger as I age!
"The unexamined life is not worth living." ~Socrates
It struck me while on a walk yesterday that "the unexamined life" has quite a different meaning today than it did in Socrates time. The unexamined life that we seem not willing to live is more equivalent to the undocumented life, whereas Socrates' hope was for a life full of self-reflection. In a way, the Web is a bit like a pond - and we are all now Narcissus.
Naegleri fowleri, a microscopic amoeba, is found around the world in lake water and soil. In very rare cases, the amoeba can enter a swimmer's nose, travel to the brain and devour the tissue. Six U.S. cases have been reported so far this year (three in Florida, two in Texas, one in Arizona) - a definite spike in cases as only 23 total cases were reported from 1995 to 2004. The CDC knows of only several hundred cases worldwide since its discovery in Australia in the 1960s. (Infections have been registered in every continent.)
Public health officials are suggesting avoiding swimming in warm standing water - and if you do, wear a nose clip.