Mario D Garrett PhD: Professor of Gerontology, School of Social Work/ College of Health and Human Services, San Diego State University

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Mario D Garrett, PhD is Professor of Gerontology, School of Social Work/ College of Health and Human Services at San Diego State University.

What do I do best?

I am Parrhesia. I tell the truth how I see it even if I think it is wrong. I will always say what I believe to be the truth, even if it works against me.

What makes me the best version of myself?

I am not afraid of failure, looking like an idiot, or asking the tough questions

What are my aspirations?

To die unafraid.

My Biggest Success?

Still coming.

My Most Challenging Moment?

My divorce, realizing that I do not control everything in life. I am a passenger in a short ride through life. That I cannot make people love me. My plan for life is just a plan. Failure is the biggest present life can give you. Dead people don't fail.

My Motto?

Still breathing. That ‘s gonna piss people off.

My Favorite People/Role Models?

Have not found them yet, maybe I will become my own role model before I die.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

I have given most everything I own away. For the past seven years every summer I put my remaining six items in a small 6 by 6 storage unit and for three months  I go to places where I normally do not speak the language. I write and meditate and observe other cultures. I have travelled extensively and do not have a favorite place. Some places I visit more than once. Some places I have a visceral connection to and I do not know why (Istanbul for example.)

My Favorite Products/Objects?

My computer as it allows me to research, write and communicate with loved ones when I am away.

My Current Passions?

Aging. I devote my life to studying how aging illuminates our humanity who we are as human beings. I study the biology, neurology, psychology, sociology and policy of aging. I am writing my sixth book on aging:

Coming of Age: How Films Portray Aging.

I love teaching this topic.