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I can’t speak for everyone, but I think there is a certain amount of optimism that makes up part of the mental image, and ultimately our plans, for the types of challenges we might be subjected to and the environments we’ll be forced to deal with in those situations. While we typically see ourselves as prevailing, which is good, I think there is something missing that could work against us.

Despite the fact that my work is heavily dependent on words, I’m more of a visual person when it comes to learning, retention and planning. Give me a good book or an insightful magazine article (see 13 of those in the coming pages), and I probably won’t retain much of what I read unless there are some good images to reinforce the plot or topic. But, if I watch a movie or TV program, chances are I’ll retain a lot more of what I saw. So, when I consider and plan out what I need to be prepared for, it goes through my head like a series of movie clips that take place in assumed settings, which are almost always sunny and dry. Generally, I’ve rarely thought twice about the macro aspect of those settings; things like weather, the season and the time of day.

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February 2020