Ashton, I really appreciated reading this entry - it aligns with the potential thesis topic I've been struggling with and I am happy to hear that he asked so many compelling questions and stayed on the rich side of an interview -- and had so many interviews. My thesis topic is a hot mess but started with the idea of resilience and its necessity in robust aging. But, as I read this, I wonder if my own (according to his respondents, unnecessary!) worry about aging is disguised by this feature of courage. And that this is a very personal quest - to discover the elements of resiliency. One should probably not do a thesis on quite a topic too close to the heart!