"Old" is the age you haven't reached yet
Hmmmm. Old is the age you haven't reached yet.
What does the word "old" mean to you? Do you think:
- Oh no, my runway is getting shorter.
- I'm not old.
- How did that happen?
- Who is that person in the mirror?
- Now that I am over the hill, I am picking up speed.
- Time to retire.
- Better get going on my bucket list.
- Old? I'm just getting started.
- My body might be old, but I still think "young".
When you finally catch yourself in that moment when it dawns on you that you just might be getting old, are you ready or will you be ready for the end?
Let's consider some stages or key life events when you should take some time to simply make a plan or change your current plan.
- Purchasing your first home and/or car
- Getting married
- Joining the military/being deployed to serve our country
- Having a baby, or two, or three...
- Getting a divorce
- Moving and/or changing jobs
- Being diagnosed with a serious illness
- The death of a parent
- Receiving a large inheritance
- Selling a company
- Losing your job
- The death of your spouse
- Getting remarried
- Welcoming a new grandchild
- The death of a child
- Approaching the age of 70/80/90
Life events are inherently profound.
Sometimes we are ready and have planned accordingly. For example, 9 months of pregnancy gives a definite time frame in which to plan for a birth of a child. Some life events, however, are sudden and turn our lives upside down in an instant.
Good news: there is time to prepare for those sudden events-but you need to take time out of your busy life to plan ahead.
Think about it.
What simple measures can you do today that will save you, and your loved ones, time, stress, money and headaches when tomorrow delivers you one of those life changing events?
When my Dad turned 40, I used to refer to him as "the fossil". I was obviously wrong and childish in my thinking and my limited life experiences to put that label on him. I appologize Boo!
Now 60 is the new 40, and 80 is the new 60.
Did you know that the current life expectancy, on average, in the USA according to the Social Security Administration for men is 83 and for women 85?
Here's where you can even calculate your life expectancy.
So, while you ponder the concept that old is the age you haven't reached yet, denial and procrastination won't work in your favor for when the unexpected happens.
Are you old yet? What age do you think is old? Do you have any "old" jokes to share?