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Mary Nicol Jones
At 93 years old, nothing prevents Mary from learning.
She is a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother.
She survived the Great Depression, was asked to the Prom in the 8th grade, got married at the age of 21 to the love of her life, stayed married for 64 years until her husband passed away, raised two children with barely any finances, went back to college at 45 years old and graduated at 52 years old, and became an author at 88 (Adela).
"What is your secret to keeping your mind so sharp?"
"Interest. In people, how the world is changing, health."
"If you could offer a newborn child one piece of advice about developing a healthy state of mind, what would it be?"
"Think of others before yourself. Go out from yourself."
"What are one of the most important things that has kept your mind healthy?"
"I always want to move. I don't want to sit down. I love to play all the games."
"What are your happiest memories?"
"Every time I got to go out with my father, because he had a good reputation, and I would get special treatment."
"I was a Golden Glove Champion in Juadalajara Jalisco, Mexico."
"Are you still boxing?"
"Oh no! After winning the championship, I was invited to all these parties...made lots of friends...and had money. When it came to defending my title against El Topo, I was not medically fit for fighting."
"So, what happened?"
"The Mexican mafia offered to forge my medical papers for cash. After I won, the mafia took all my winnings, and ratted me out to the boxing commission. After that, I had nothing."
"Now, I can't make enough money to support my two daughters, so I teach boxing in Redwood City when I'm not driving for Uber."
"I never had much...and never expect to."
"Is there anything I can do to help?"
"You already did. You noticed me. It's kindness that serves our needs as people. That's all you need. So, thank you."
"How has being a professional actor and singer developed your understanding/empathy for people?"
"I had an amazing teacher who preaches that acting is the study of the human condition, and I completely agree with that. You realize that both in a play, and in the rest of the world, everyone has a story to tell, and I think maybe my line of work makes me even more curious about those stories."
"What impact do you want to have in healthcare?"
"Patients should be entitled... 1. Healthcare equality, having access to care; and 2. Consistency of care, a reduced variability of care. If I look back 30 years from now and can say I helped at least a hand full of people be the best they can be then I can say I made an impact: for them to be limitless in doing whatever they want and to be whomever they want."
"Where did your passion for people come from?"
"If you think back to when you are a kid and what shaped you, I met people with fascinating stories that impacted my life. Hearing what people do and why they do it is incredible. And I want to be able to pass my stories to my grandchildren like my grandparents. People are your greatest resources. You get energized by people....and I just like people...come on, Calvin...and dogs!"
"What fascinates you most about the brain?"
"That I know nothing about it haha...there's this intuition tied to the brain...that everything is connected."