… to me!
Yes… 70 years ago today, and rather early in the morning, I arrived into this world and, my word, haven’t things changed since then! So how do I feel about being 70? A little confused!
The thing is, from my perspective, 70 is quite old but I don’t feel in synch with my perspective. I know people who are generally around my age, but they look much older! I guess we see what we want to see but, even studying myself in the mirror, and noting the additional skin lines, the loose skin around my eyes, the fast escaping hair etc etc,. I still don’t see myself the same way that I see other 70 year old men! They are all looking old!
I hope that these revelations are some comfort to my younger Followers who are secretly dreading getting old because, to be really honest, there is nothing to dread! Really! I love it! The thing is, you should have some kind of plan, which really should not be a major challenge.
To start with, recognize how important your health is and do whatever you can to maintain good health. If you don’t live to be old, you will miss out on so much pleasure and so many opportunities! Your health should be an immediate priority because poor habits now, may not be reversible in the future.
We live in a financially dependent society and, whether we like it or not, it is highly unlikely to change. It is important to recognize the ramifications of that for later years because you will need an income after you have either retired, or simply been replaced by a younger mind! This is very difficult to come to terms with when in ones 20’s, but decisions really should be made as early as possible.
Will you be able to live, how you want to live, on what your Government will give you as a pension? If the answer is “No!”, then now is a good time to start diverting a small amount of money on a regular basis into something that will accumulate interest ….. and let it accumulate interest… don’t touch it! Better still, if you have an option of contributing to a private pension plan, then take it!
Imagine going into your 60’s with good health, and knowing that your financial future is assured!
My life now consists of taking various medications on a regular basis, and doing pretty much whatever I choose to do, and knowing that money will appear in my bank account every month!
I do not live a life of material luxury, but I am very comfortable. I do not socialize much, but I have quite a few good friends. My Toyota RAV4 gets me around, and has been doing that since I purchased it in 2001! I expect that it will be my last motor vehicle, but I have a number of bicycles and may even get an electric bike to replace the RAV4 for those longer or faster journeys!
I get to walk to our downtown and admire the lake whenever I want, and can stop for a latte whenever the mood takes me. On a warm day I can take Ray to The Kings Arms (outdoor patio) and indulge in pub food and drink.
I can plan all my appointments such that I avoid rush hour traffic. Cold blustery winter days can be spent indoors, but glorious summer days can be spent outside. Shoveling snow can generally be done whenever I feel like it, as can taking care of our garden. I would not wish anybody’s life to accelerate into the senior years, but it is certainly a time that can be looked upon with a degree of excitement!
Just imagine…. the freedom to do whatever you want, and whenever you want to do it!
Just imagine! All those things that you really want to do (but currently cannot due to an 8 hour day / 5 day working week) you will be able to do!
My thoughts to me? “Happy Birthday Colin! You have had quite the life, and I have no doubt that things are not going to change. I know you only too well!”