Betty Ago: Not Ready

I’ve been putting off writing this next blog for quite some time. I don’t know why I couldn’t get my brain in gear. The cogs were turning but never stopped at a productive spot. I want to do it, really I do. But, I’m just not ready. Then came the TED talk!

Do you know about TED talks? They are really a great source of brief education and entertainment. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. A variety of people are invited to present great ideas in 18 minutes or less. The videos can be seen on or at the website. The first six talks were released online in June 2006. At the end of their first year, TED Talks had been watched two million times. Six years later, the Talks exceeded one billion views.

See, I’m doing it again. I’m going off on a tangent just to delay writing about the subject I was going to write about.
Anyway, I recently watched: “Inside the mind of a master procrastinator” by Tim Urban presented in Feb 2016. Who is Tim Urban? You may ask. I asked the same question. He is the writer of a long format blog called “Wait, But Why.” The site covers a range of subjects that have been syndicated in the Huffington Post, and other famous places. Last year he actually was able to get an interview with the amazing Elon Musk during which they discussed solar energy and the future of space exploration.

OK, I know, I know. Here I go again. I’m heading down another tangent just to avoid doing what I’m supposed to do.
Procrastination is the topic. Tim addressed the issue with some humor. It seems that I (and other procrastinators) have monkeys in our brains that are constantly jumping up and down to get our attention away from what we were supposed to be doing in the first place. With that very clear and practical explanation, I was finally able to get to work.

As members of the Ambassadors here at our Brookdale CCRC, we often meet visitors who are contemplating moving here. We take them on tours, and often share a meal. It’s a fun job because we love meeting people who are potentially new neighbors. As different as they are in most respects, most of them tell us that they are “just not ready.”

When will they be ready? When they are already too sick to enjoy the lifestyle here? When moving will become almost impossible? When someone else has to make the decision? Come on folks. You know that life is always changing. Nothing remains the same. So, be prepared for those changes and make a decision NOW.

There, I’ve done it. I’ve said it. Ignore that jumping monkey and do what you know should be done. I did.

Betty Ago

Betty is a real person who resides in one of our Brookdale entry fee communities. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Brookdale Senior Living.


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