Envisioning a future that prioritizes taking care of ourselves, and others.
Recently, I was looking through a book that listed the âmost amazing placesâ to visit around the world. I remember thinking, âWill I really get to see all 35 in the time I have, or will I need to pick and choose?â
Itâs scary to think that our time here on earth is limited. Many people, including myself, have a massive list of things theyâd like to do or accomplish. If I could have five careers, for example, I would. Although Iâm a health and fitness coach and social worker, Iâd also love to support my community in other ways. Rehabbing abused animals and working in prison advocacy immediately come to mind.
When I consider the possibility of living to be 100, I canât help but think, âWhy not?â It sounds awesome â just think of how much more time weâll have! But to enjoy it, weâll need to take care of ourselves.
People in my family live long, healthy, happy lives. My great-uncle, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, lived to be 95. We used to spend an afternoon each week together. Mentally, he was very sharp until his last few months. His sister-in-law, my great aunt, lived to 99. She went skydiving for her 85th and 90th birthdays.
Today, the oldest person Iâm closest to is my father, who just turned 84. Heâs very active, both physically and mentally. He does callisthenic exercises every morning, walks the family dog, and mows the lawn and cleans the gutters on his own. A former judge, heâs still an avid reader and thinker, and actively works to keep his mind sharp.Â My momâs only 71, but sheâs on the treadmill every day.
Because I was adopted as a baby and donât know much of my biological history, Iâm unsure what I can reasonably expect in regard to my own longevity. But I deeply believe that it will depend on a lifestyle that places value on physical and emotional…