I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions. In fact, this is the first year I have considered it. Why? Well, I feel like I have a meaningful resolution besides the stereotypical “I want to better myself somehow”. Sure I could give myself resolutions for CR, diet, etc, but I don’t feel like that means anything because I am constantly working toward that goal, and don’t need to re-commit or say I’ll try to do better. I am always trying to improve myself in this area through learning and self discipline.
So, what’s my meaningful inspiring resolution?
I intend on wearing both the bracelet and necklace everywhere I go to! Fashion be damned. Death is not concerned with fashion. Time does not slow down because we wish it to. Accidents and unexpected illness still happen to the most prepared.
What is my logic for this? Some would say I am throwing away my money. Here is my reasoning:
I thoroughly support all cryonics research. I also realize that everyone being cryonically preserved at this time may never be un-suspended. Yes, I realize that RIGHT NOW the odds are not in favor for cryopreservation, BUT I am hoping that *if* I need to use this service, technology will by vastly advanced. Personally, I am hoping I never have to invoke the cryopreservation perks that come with the membership. Ha. However, as a realist I realize that I may not be as in control over my death as I wish. I would rather take my chances with the services now that be burned or buried. You can NEVER come back from being burned or buried. NEVER.
Also, I support cryonics research. My membership will help fund the research. So, if I become nothing but a popsicle of a science experiment, I can’t think of a better way to use my body for science. I sure don’t want to be a cadaver for medical students or a cadaver used in test crashes (Read Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers). My money will go to fund a science completely I support.
People gamble at casinos! People gamble at all sorts of things that they actually lose in their worst case scenario. What’s my worst scenario? I actually get hit by that proverbial bus and my brains get splatted on the pavement and eaten by rats. :-p BUT, my monthly membership has still helped fund science I believe in. Second worst case, I am frozen but will never be un-suspended. Still better than being burned/buried. At lease I had a fraction of a chance, and hopefully much more than a fraction if/when I have to be suspended.
What about other research, don’t you want to give to anti-aging? Of course I do! In fact, there are several places I would give money to if I was wealthy. If I magically became rich tomorrow, I would donate so much money to anti-aging research. However, me giving money to anti-aging now won’t help save me if I die tomorrow (given I can be preserved upon death). I have to have priorites, so this is my first move.
Second move? Sign up for The 300 (of there are still spots available). I would like to do this too by the end of the year, but I’m going to have to play the money thing by ear. These monthly contributions start to add up. If I can’t cough up the cash for the 300, I will donate something to SENS and the Methuselah Foundation. :-) Oh, and keep blogging to help people learn about why I (and so many others) are doing CR.