Change Your Mind

What have you changed your mind about in the past year? This is an exercise I regularly propose to help us discover whether we have become too rigid in our thinking.

I’ve changed my mind on a bunch of things recently.

1. Translation. Throughout the spring semester, I kept telling my translation students that I’m never going to work as a paid translator again. It was done, it was all in the past, I had moved on. And now I’m translating for money again, enjoying it massively, and planning to continue.

2. I was completely sure Russia wouldn’t invade Ukraine until the actual moment of the invasion. I tend to hyper-intellectualize everything and forget about the power of emotions. An invasion would be so irrational and stupid that I thought Russians would never do it. But as always, my belief in the power of rationality played a bad joke on me. Many people were in the same situation but instead of accepting that we were completely wrong, they have tried to evade an encounter with reality and kept arguing that the war wasn’t happening.

3. I was sure that I’d never vote D again because I’d never get over the lockdowns and the riots. I’m still not over the lockdowns and the riots but if Republicans don’t run any candidates with John McCain’s lucidity on Russia, I’ll have to cover my nose from the bad stench and go with the Ds. Although I’m hoping I wouldn’t have to.

These are the three big ones this year so far. What are yours?

22 thoughts on “Change Your Mind

  1. Sport training. I was sure I’d never do anything that would require specific training, just hike as training for hiking, do easy rockclimbing as training for more easy rockclimbing etc. Had an idea of myself as the sort of person that lives in one’s head rather than in one’s body. I currently have a rather complex spreadsheet planning and quantifying the training I’m ongoing for a 5000m mountain I’m planning to climb, so there’s quite a bit of living in one’s head that still happens, but it’s not a part of my identity anymore. It’s also managed to teach me to have some mercy toward myself – the psyche can take a lot of abuse and keep going, but the body shows immediately when it’s hurt.

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    1. It makes me happy that I’m not the only person out there keeping OCD personal health data in spreadsheets 🙂

      This is what finally convinced me I might need metformin: I have three years of data on my fasting blood glucose numbers, and three months covering current diet and exercise interventions. Without the numbers, I could probably still convince myself that hey, maybe it’s working. But the numbers don’t lie unless you lie about the numbers!

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  2. Medication.

    I was really determined not to ever have to take meds for T2D, and sincerely believed that as long as I had any pancreatic function left, I could make it work with discipline and self-restraint. After months of low-carbing (Like 20g/day or less) and a religiously-adhered-to exercise regimen… I’m beginning to come around to the idea that it might be time to try Metformin. It’s a more complicated problem than I thought. Discipline and self-restraint helps a lot. But we have not been able to quite get there. It’s a huge disappointment, but that’s life. I was wrong. It’s not working. It’s probably time to try something else.

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    1. You have to do what you have to do. I took Metformin in my first pregnancy and it didn’t help but that’s only because I had such a raging case that even gigantic doses of insulin weren’t very helpful in my second pregnancy.

      20g carbs is unsustainable in the long term in my opinion. Plus, sometimes the body just refuses to cooperate the way we want it to.


      1. Even at that low level, my body still manages to “find” (i.e. manufacture) enough glucose to put my fasting numbers over 100. It’s great that I’ve gotten it to where my after-meal numbers are all totally normal (i.e. under 120 at all times), but the basal level won’t normalize. 😦 From what I understand, one of the main things metformin does for you is stop your liver from dumping glycogen into your bloodstream when you don’t need it. So it might help me cross that last gap, and I guess I’m willing to give it a whirl if I can find a doc who will take my concerns seriously when I’m not registering any really high numbers. We’ll see…

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        1. Gosh, I remember this terrible feeling when with 20g carbs and large doses of insulin, my fasting sugar was still 100. It was very scary. All totally worth it, of course, because I now have Klara. But the process was terrifying.

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            1. I get it. I dealt with it while pregnant too. But it’s super frustrating now, doing the same thing while not pregnant. At least I don’t have to worry about what it’s doing to the baby this time around! But the bonus part of it happening during pregnancy is that your doc will take it super seriously. Try to convince a doc any other time that a fasting range of 95-105 is a problem even though you’re never going over 120, and typically what you get is a blank stare. It doesn’t even register because everything else they see is so much worse.


  3. By my age I’ve learned to never say never so it’s hard to think of things I was absolutely sure of and then changed my mind about…

    I was… doubtful about Russia invading (thought it was the usual periodic build up on the border).

    I’m…. wavering about the utility of the EU (especially with Germany and France in leading roles they won’t give up no matter how wrong they are about everything….) but Ukrainian and Moldovan candidacies there’s some hope.

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    1. I’m the same on the EU. What it did to Spain was bad. But maybe it does have some potential now? I don’t know but I’m willing to change my mind wherever the new data takes me.


  4. Via Mike



    1. I’m not a pro-life folk but I do find it curious that none of the people who are wailing to the skies about this thought about the ramifications of shutting down most of the healthcare system over COVID. The casualties are already gigantic and well documented unlike these third-hand anecdotes. Who cared about women with ectopic pregnancies and about cancer patients when it was really in actual fact impossible to visit a hospital?


      1. They care deeply about health… when it aligns with the interests of their corporate puppetmasters.

        When it doesn’t… it’s “everybody GFY” because who cares about cancer patients when there are corporate profits to think about?

        My husband suffered unnecessarily for months in 2020, waiting to schedule a hernia surgery… even though he’d already had COVID and got over it.


        1. There’s a kid right now who’s not getting an organ transplant because he’s not vaccinated for COVID. This is done by the people who routinely say that Republicans don’t care about kids once they get born.

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    2. Even the states with the strictest abortion laws have exceptions that would apply for treating ectopic pregnancies as they are always life threatening. The pro-life folk actually considered this. If the anecdote you cited is a true one (and that is a big IF as it could have been completely made up), it says more about the doctor and the American health care system than about the abortion law.

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      1. ” strictest abortion laws have exceptions that would apply ”

        In theory. In practice doctors are often hesitant to take in action for fear of legal reprisals… A few women have died in Poland that way (doctors putting off necessary procedures for fear of being prosecuted). Afterward the government said of course they wouldn’t (and prosecutes them anyway) and the long term effect could be making obstetrics a high risk speciality.

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  5. “What have you changed your mind about in the past year?”

    Oh! I know! Before this year I thought Russia was an extreme outlier on the European spectrum… almost everything I’ve learned about Russia since the invasion makes the weirdest alien civilizations seem utterly reasonable in comparison…. now it seems more like a prison for the criminally insane (where inmates have taken over the joint) than a country.

    I just read the following theory about Putin: “born in Georgia, an iligitimate child, raised 1st by his Georgian mother, by her parents when she married. When 8 he was moved to distant relatives in St Petersburg. Not speaking Russian the new parents registered him as a 6 year old”

    Old me: “That’s crazy! Who could believe that?!”
    New me: “Well…. not the weirdest thing I’ve heard… and it even explains a lot….”


  6. I was also sure Russia wouldn’t invade (though to be fair that’s because I tend to take your word on these matters.) I was sure Roe would never be overturned. I was sure I would never move on from lockdown, etc.; while I haven’t forgotten or forgiven, I don’t have to wear a mask every day anymore so I’ve gradually stopped thinking about it.

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