Enjoy your 100+ years.
by R girl on 07/14/14
It occurred to me recently that sometimes we get things backwards. I'm sure you've heard or read the question; What would you do today if you knew you would die tomorrow, or next week, or next year? The question is meant to prompt us to stop wasting time and go do the things that really matter- now, before it's too late. I get it. we shouldn't take our time here for granted. There are no guarantees that any of us get to live a long life. This lifetime is fleeting.
But there's a flip side to that. Maybe the question should be: What would you start doing right now if you knew you would live to be 100 or more years old? The fastest growing age group is the 80+ year olds. There is good reason to believe that many of us will live well past 100 years. So what changes would you make? Would you pick up a new hobby? learn a new skill? Maybe you would learn a foreign language, or begin a new career.
This increase in life expectancy should be welcome news for all of us. It also puts some responsibility on us to make sure we don't waste those golden years. It's up to us, as individuals, to maintain our physical health, and to keep our minds active and engaged. we also need to plan carefully so we don't outlive our money. So give the question some thought, and realize this isn't just an idle exercise. Most of us should have a plan for how we want to spend the next several decades.