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Real Life is Real Yoga
This just in: in 2011, 1 really is the Oneiest Number.
Amazing! Or. Not.
BY MAGAZINE COLUMNIST SUSAN BLOOD
This year we have four aesthetically pleasing dates:
1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11 and 11/11/11.
To go along with this, there is a cosmic mind-bender floating around.
If you take the last two digits of your birth year and add the age you turn in 2011, it adds up to 111. Every. Time (almost).
It obviously means something
Things like this make my head hurt. I try to make them into something airy fairy and important, but I know that behind it is some very simple math.
I should mention that I’m not good at math.
So I simplify it.
A simple, mathematical explanation
If I had been born in 1985, when I turned one it would be 1986. See? Easy peasey lemon squeezey. Year of birth plus years lived equals current year. There is a simple, mathematical explanation.
Too often we work from the example backwards and try to make sense of things the wrong way around. Instead of learning a concept and then practicing on a story problem, we get all caught up with the story and make a problem out of it.
Q If a train traveling east carries a businessman drinking a martini and a private jet traveling west carries an executive drinking a soda water with lime, which one is allergic to peanuts?
A I have no idea. Maybe someone should ask them.
Or here’s another one
Our kids share a bedroom.
They get along great and if they had their own rooms they would end up in the same room anyway. When they get older, they’ll need their own space, which we don’t have.
So, if A equals kids and B equals rooms then A plus B equals us needing to work more hours because we are obviously failing our children and what will become of them? They’ll never get into college and will probably need therapy, that’s what.
I am very good at making problems appear where there are none.
If you need any, let me know.
Thinking outside the chicken coop
Fact By the time my kids need their own rooms, all kinds of things will have changed. We have no idea what those things will be, but things will have changed. That’s a given. All we can do is plan the best we can and be grateful that they aren’t living in the chicken coop.
To be clear: I’m not anti-planning. I’m anti- reading into things and finding problems where there are none.
When I find myself faced with a problem I can’t wrap my head around, I need to remember to simplify, starting with a truth I can hold onto. Once I’ve found something true, I can puzzle it out within a story problem and see how it behaves in real life.
That’s what practice is.
Simple post-modern deconstructionism
Fifty percent of my family doesn’t add up properly, according to the 111 theory.
Kids born in this decade will only have double-digits, no matter how hard they try to conform. Isn’t it great to realize that it’s the theory that’s limited, not the kids?
That’s one less thing I have to try to fix.
And less math.
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