If I live to be 100…………..
- I want you all there with me
- I want to feel good about my life
- I want to be surrounded by people
- I want to laugh and see the humor in life
- I want to get out, move, experience the beauty of nature
On our way back from visiting my mother and sister in Cleveland Lauren and I listened to the audio version of If I Live to be 100- Lessons from the Centenarians by Neenah Ellis. It was much more engaging than I expected. Each of the centenarians she interviewed for a weekly segment on NPR was uniquely different. Some of the individuals enjoyed the company of people of all ages; others were still active and inspired by their life work as an educator, artist, or social leader. There were couples that had been married for 60+ years and others that had never married or had children. Their stories of life in the early 1900’s, the Depression, the World Wars and so on were fascinating.
In the book DO THE WORK! by Steven Pressfield, he suggests that you start with the end in mind.
Start at the end: Figure out where you want to go; then work backwards from there.
Say I want to live until I am 100 years old, I would plan to die after 2061! I have 50 more years ahead of me.
Neenah Ellis shares with her readers the fact the humans are children for much longer than any other species. We begin our adult lives around age 20. If we work until we are 70, our “working life” is 50 years. By age 50, we will have worked 30 years, which is only 60% of our “working life”. I have 40% of my professional life ahead of me!
What about the remaining 30 years in this “live until I am 100” scenario?
Maybe I should not invest in a career that concludes with retirement. Maybe I should invest in work and life experiences that will serve others and me until I am 100!
What would that look like?