How well people fare as they age is not just genetics or good luck. It is affected by education, energy, social networking and planning.
What’s your plan?
One of the great motivators for starting a new career in my sixties and getting my act together was the powerful understanding of my mortality.
Yes, I understood that growing old today is embarking on a new frontier and living longer is possible, but what did that mean for me personally?
Discovering my estimated life expectancy (96.18) stacked favorably against the average for women in the US today (82.2) was sheer infatuation. Rather than a mere 22 years, I had the possibility of 36 more years.
I thought of myself at 30 trying to imagine life stretched ahead until I turned 66. It was impossible then to grasp all that life could hold for me just as it is now.
But as a new horizon of ‘what could be’ began to appear in front of me, I got excited. I still am.
Not everyone is so positive about living long.
In the advent of advancing years, some are defiant about how many more they want to take on. Oh, but I don’t want to live until I’m ninety-something. Maybe you’re saying this.
What if we could not only add years but spend them being physically fit, mentally sharp, and functionally independent and financially secure. Do you want those years then?
This post is not about old age. This is about a long life.
I understand it can be uncomfortable thinking about surrendering your lifelines. Most of us ignore thoughts about the timing of our demise or act as if we have an infinite number of days.
But I promise you’ll be a lot smarter and motivated to design a fantastic third act if you’ll create a space in your mind for a conversation regarding your earthly finish line.
Now, let’s consider your last breath. (more…)