Ride With A Sound Mind In A Sound Body

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My scooter buddy Jorge and I enjoyed a 6.2 mile ride this morning on the Whittier Greenway Trail in Whittier, CA.

The start of the ride

Weather was cool when we started out, then there was full sunshine as we got back close to our starting point. We talked about the issues of the day; family, politics, kids, and what we’ve been up to the last week or so.

Getting older

Always there is the recognized issue that we’re getting older: I’m about a decade older than he is, and we both see that there may come a time when kick scooting is no longer the right activity for us. I’m 81. He’s 72.

We conclude that exercise is good; kick scooting is an excellent way to preserve if not enhance leg strength and balance.

Riding with Jorge.
Riding with Jorge.

In some way that we cannot fully grasp, getting out there on the bike trails and propelling ourselves along on our Xootr scooters helps our minds and bodies, in a strange balance that has yet to be explained.

A sound mind in a sound body

This proverb is of Greek origin. It’s a balance. You have to use your mind: Think. Talk. Read. Reason. But you have to use your body too. Exercise. Be physically active.

Don’t waste your time playing computer games all day. In some undefined way you’ll have much better quality of life if you follow this recommendation of the Greeks.

Try with me to think of a way to get everybody off their cell phones, away from game apps, away from a crazy life wasted on repetitive internet artificialities.

Changing the world

If you want to change the world, start with yourself, said Mohandas Gandhi. So, I’m headed out to the bike trails on my Xootr scooter, again in a day or two, for another hour or two moving along in fresh air. Come and join me!

Don’t forget to check out my website at JonathanKelley.net.



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Jonathan Kelleyhttps://www.jonathankelley.net/
Jonathan Kelley, 80, was born in Boston, and educated at Exeter and Princeton, then Harvard Medical School, after a year teaching English in Cali, Colombia. He was a Navy anesthesiologist during Viet Nam. He spent the middle decades of his life working in a community hospital in Northern California. Besides his career in medicine, he’s a chef, pianist, and actor in his artistic life. In the kitchen, he specializes in croissants and cooking with coconuts. At the piano, it’s boogie woogie and Joplin rags. As an actor, he’s done fourteen seasons in a Mexican Christmas play in Los Angeles, plus the occasional movie role, as in the soon-to-be-released feature film “Amor en 266 Millas,” where he plays the hippie patriarch of a desert commune in the Antelope Valley. He has two books available on Amazon, “Counting Backwards from 100: My Life as an Anesthesiologist,” and “Short Stories by Jonathan Kelley.” Searching for improved balance and leg strength at age 77, Jonathan came by chance upon a Xootr scooter. Jonathan’s wife is the lovely Puerto Rican actress Gloria Laino. Their mix is like Puerto Rican arroz con gandules served next to New England style cranberry sauce.

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