When pivoting towards advice for others to "prepare", he says two things which I agree with whole-heartedly:
- Know that you will have a crisis in your life. That the concept of living a charmed life free of crises is not possible for anyone, so that when something does take place that unbalances you, you only experience the shock of what your are actually losing or dealing with...not the amplified shock of "I can't believe something like this could ever happen to me". Ummm...YES.
- He quotes a principle called basic trust, which I had not heard of before and am already 200% in support of:
"...what it says is you believe that whatever happens in your life is exactly what needs to happen to make you the person you need to become. It means that whatever happens to you, you can grow from it, you can learn from it, you can get stronger from it. And if you take this idea that you can grow through adversity, and not just through adversity, certainly what's going to happen to me is that I'm not going to be the same a couple years from now as I am now. Most people, the way they make the biggest changes is when life pushes back."
-Matt Weinstein, "What Lessons Can We Learn from Losing our Life's Savings?", TED Radio Hour
So the basic trust principle is actually from a psychologist named Erik Erikson who was a contemporary of Freud, but instead of going for the sexual phases of development, oriented his stages to social (aka psychosocial stages of development). I'm going to spend a LOT more time with this theory because I think it's really onto something (rather, I've finally grown enough personally to see that it was onto something before I'd ever heard of it....haha. You get the idea!)
Since I like to end with fun and keep it light, kind of enjoyed this look at Erikson's eight stages of development through the lens of Pixar films. Nice work interwebs!