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It’s okay to change your mind…

By Marcus Santer

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Here’s my favourite quote of the week:

“Chaginging one’s mind is a sign of intelligence.”
Edzard Ernst

I never planned to go to University.

Instead I wanted to travel the world, have adventures and meet cool people.

And leaving the UK aged 18 I started my world tour by hitchhiking through Europe.

Okay, let’s back up a little.

Ya see, I never managed to hitch further than Nice in the South of France.

How come?

Well, what can I say?

Err…

Too many bad experiences resulting in a near mental breakdown in Nice.

Remind me to tell you the story some time.

As long as you’re not of a sensitive nature…

Anyway…

Not being able to speak more than a few words in French hadn’t helped.

Because as a result I hadn’t found any work, hence I was living on a bottle of water and a baguette each day and – though I didn’t know it at the time – I ended up suffering from malnutrition.

Fortuntely for me I had a backup plan…

About a week previous to horror that was Nice I’d been reflecting on my life and my month on the road under a flysheet in the beautiful city of Avignon. And I realised that if I didn’t get a job soon I was going to have to go back to the UK and do something else.

I considered my opportunities as I saw them:

  1. Become a male stripper – I had a friend working the clubs in Torquay who said he could get me a job
  2. Go to university – I had a friend at Bradford Uni and having visited him I knew he was having a wonderful time

Hey I was 18 and making my life up as I went along.

So long story short, September 1990 I found myself starting my BSc in Computering and Information Systems Science.

And I knew I’d made a BIG mistake.

I was way out of my depth.

Crazy thing is I could’ve changed to a much more ‘me’ friendly course: Interdisciplinary Human Studies.

Which was made up of:

But I didn’t change.

How come?

Because I believed changing your mind was bad.

I believed if you started something you stuck it through right to the bitter end if necessary.

I know… Silly huh?

Fast-forward a few decades and I’ve changed my mind about a lot of things.

E.g:

And some other things I don’t want to write about in public for risk of ruffling a few feathers.

But I still hold this belief that changing my mind is bad because it means I was wrong about something…

And who wants to admit they were wrong?

I guess it’s to do with cognitive dissonance:

“the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contractictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time…”

Well, Edzard’s quote that I heard at the end of this BBC Radio 4 Interview really helped to reframe my opinion on changing my mind.

And for that I’m grateful.

Fortunately my daily research into how to live and age well continues to strengthen my view that there are no secrets to stacking the odds of a longer, healthier and happier life heavily in your favour.

And in this months ZEN+ Journal I’m going to – hopefully – finish off sharing my Healthy Ageing Pyramid (HAP).

I say hopefullly because in my head it shouldn’t take to long…

… But as I’m still writing it…

… Anything could happen =)

This issue starts with me sharing the fascinating history of goat testicle transplants with you in an attempt to enforce a vitally important princple deep into your heart.

A princple that could save you a lot time, energy and money.

So, if you’d like to find out more…

… If you’d like to discover the 7 levels of the ‘HAP’

And discover once and for all the tried and tested ways to live and age well…

You better click here and become a ZEN+ Journal reader.

Anyway…

It’s not going to write itself, so I best get back to work.

Bye for now

Marcus

P.S. Follow the evidence…

That’s what I’ve been doing since turning 40 and staring at the mirror in disbelief at the skinny fat man with pipe cleaner arms and legs.

My mission?

To discover the facts about:

And looking great nekkid.

Now then…

Over the last 5 years I’ve wasted a lot of time…

…Energy and folding green stuff.

I’ve been down a lot of dead ends, kissed a lot of frogs and been temporarily hoodwinked by the charlatans and snake oil sales folk out there in the world of health.

All so you don’t have to.

And I share my findings – warts and all – each month in The ZEN+ Journal

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