Nobody wants to die young…
However today, so many junior senior citizens seem to want to live forever. In their 60’s and 70’s many people talk about going on and on into their 90’s or even 100’s. Don’t get me wrong; stay in shape and have fun as long as you can.
But to aim your daily life at just hanging on forever may be a huge mistake.
There’s a big difference between enjoying life as we age and just putting on the brakes so you can live long enough to make it to the old folks home- the really old folks home. Trust me living in extended care housing isn’t going to be a very fun time.
Like many of you, I’ve had a parent, grandparent or friend live in these places until they go to Hospice. And none of them were thrilled about it. Who would be?
Don’t you have friends or relatives that have been lucky or worked hard and have tons of cash saved?
And when you ask them if they’re gonna travel or buy that cool car they always wanted, maybe move to where somewhere nice and warm, they say, "Hey I can’t. I’m saving for the future."
To people already in their 60’s I tell them, THE FUTURE IS HERE, BABY.
Another sad note is hanging onto everything you can for the kids. Because the nicest thing you can do for them is don’t stop living. Not because you want your kids to love you more when you are gone just because you left them some extra dough. Live your life.
I have a good pal who is in his 50’s and all he talks about is leaving more money for his sons. One’s already out of college and doing well; the other will be out soon. Their mother is a multi-millionaire and will always take care of these young men. Hey, the dad and mom helped get them through college. Neither of them really worked to get there.
Yet my pal denies himself travel and fun to save FOR THE FUTURE.
In today’s world, some people at 45 to 55 look ten or fifteen years younger, not many but some.
We have better medical care, work out, diet, and the media beats us with a stick to look good even if you are not a star. But don’t have Jewish or Christian guilt, have fun – it’s OK to let go. None of us are going to get out of this world alive. Now’s the time to go do all those things YOU WORKED ALL YOUR LIFE TO DO.
You earned it baby, go do it.
Yeah, even if the money is running low – and for most it likely is – do it anyway. Don’t live a life of quiet desperation. So when you’re in those final few weeks or months of life, you can say to yourself, "Know what, I had some fun and it was worth it."
Those were my mother’s last words to me before she passed away. "I had fun."
Can’t beat that, huh?