What's Up Wednesdays: Cruise Control

Sometimes, we forget that the simplest things in life can also be the most important, the most rewarding and the most profound. As Andrew Tate points out, some of the greatest minds that this world has ever seen took long walks to promote creativity, improve health and boost productivity. Everyone from Charles Dickens to Charles Darwin went on long walks on a regular basis, as well as some “crazy old man” in Palo Alto, California.

Do you choose to walk alone or with the love of your life? Bob Buskirk continues this week’s speedlink by explaining why he’s okay with being 30 and single. While societal norms can pressure guys like Bob to change their lifestyle, he says that you shouldn’t settle. Enduring a toxic relationship can be incredibly harmful. I may be with high school sweetheart, but maybe I’m just one of the lucky ones. And even then, the married life isn’t for everyone. I say live and let live, as long as your pursuit of happiness doesn’t impede on mine.

We may look to our elders for sage words of wisdom, solicited or otherwise, but their advice may not be all it’s cracked up to be. Maria Stenvinkel describes three lies that adults tell children about what the world is and how you should approach it. Indeed, many of us are raised with the assumption that we need to stop playing in order to “grow up,” but that’s not true at all. Instead, we should never stop playing, as that is how we learn, how we engage and how we dare to inspire.

Playing as an adult is different from playing as a child. In the case of Chris Golden, he’s playing by going on a cruise for the first time and he’s asking how he can get the most out of the experience. Myself, I’ve been on three cruises thus far, the most recent of which was a Caribbean cruise aboard the Carnival Victory, and I’d say give yourself the time to relax and take advantage of the on-board activities.

Of course, not all cruise experiences are made alike and Gus Fosarolli had a rather unfortunate turn of events with Princess Cruises. After his partner passed away, Gus was not able to transfer any part of the cruise credit to a different second passenger. He also couldn’t put it toward an excursion. This eventually escalated to a news story with CTV and Lynda Steele and the Internet rallied behind Gus to get what he deserved.