My father died when he was 57. My mother wasn’t much older when she was killed.
My nephew was just 35 when he died a couple of weeks ago, but my uncle was 88 when he passed away right after Christmas.
At my current age of 51, that gives me a wide range of odds, especially since I’ve relatives who lived to be over 100.
But with COVID on the rise, I may not make it to tomorrow.
So what do I do with my now?
As news has trickled through friends and family that I’ve actively began to immerse myself into computers again the reactions have been mixed.
“Why are you doing that? I thought you liked your job.”
“You know you’re too old to go back into computers. You’re the wrong gender, besides! All they hire are young guys. You know that!”
“I’m surprised you waited so long. You’ve always had a gift when it comes to computers. Way to go!”
“At least you won’t be binge watching movies any longer. That was so unlike you.”
“It’s good that you’re still learning. Shame that you’re on the verge of retirement, though–you won’t get to use the knowledge at a job.”
“Only you!” (spoken with a good-natured shake of the head)
One thing I have learned over the years is to disregard any negativity I receive. In fact, my greatest successes have been when the responses I received were overwhelming negative.
Even so, my critics have a point. I am older. In just ten short years, I’ll be eligible for early retirement. In 13 years, I’ll be eligible for normal retirement.
But if I wait until I’m 70, I’ve got 18 whole years to enjoy myself.
With modern medical science, I believe that it is safe to say that, barring COVID or accidents, I can live until my 80s. That’s almost three decades of life I have left.
So how do I spend that time? Do I spend it living, or do I spend it dying?
We all die
That’s a fact. None of us can escape it, so we need to accept it.
We don’t have to sit around and wait for it, however.
Whatever your age, you don’t have to just give up and wait for death to take you. Whatever your age, it makes no sense to continue living if you’re just waiting to die.
If we’re going to be here anyway, why not have fun while it lasts? After all, none of us really knows what the next adventure will bring.
So look around. Is there anything you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet? Do you want to take a trip, learn something new, change careers, or explore a path you’ve not dared to take?
Why not do it now?
You don’t have to take major steps. If you have always wanted to travel, you can research places and pick one to visit. Save up money, or maybe think of ways to go on your current budget.
If you’re interested in learning something new, you can take a class online. The prices are amazingly reasonable, and you may catch it on sale. I had a look around Udemy this weekend and I was amazed at how far online learning has came. You can take a class for almost anything these days!
I don’t care what society says, and I certainly don’t care about the opinions of those around me, and you shouldn’t either.
You may be old, but you’re not dead yet.
So stop acting like it!
Take the trip. Have the adventure. Join the class.
But don’t stop there. Make sure to tell others that you’re not done living yet. Share stories about your dreams and adventures. You can start by sharing them in the comment section below.
Do the Thing
Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from achieving your dreams.
I come from the Mountains of Eastern Kentucky. I’m the daughter of an ex-con and a dancer. My formal education was a joke, yet despite everything I managed to achieve everything I really set my mind to.
- I opened a computer repair service in my thirties.
- I pivoted to writing by my forties.
- I became a stay-at-home single mother by teaching myself how to write online.
And now I’ve given myself permission to dive deep into the world of computers in a way I’ve never given myself permission before.
If I can do all of that with barely a high-school education and all of the odds stacked against me, there is no limit to what you can do with the advantages you have today.
This is your chance. Don’t waste it.
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12 thoughts on “How Will You Spend the Time You Have Left?”
I have often said that I’ll live till I die. That’s true of us all. Isn’t it? Tomorrow isn’t promised they like to intone. I was raised in an environment of fear and it showed. Too afraid to plan, too afraid to experience, too afraid to try… too afraid to live. Screw that! The older I get, the less afraid I am! I can’t afford to wait much longer to do the things I’ve always wanted to do. It’s time to fly! Let’s see just how far and how high we can soar!
Amen! Let’s go out and have some fun! We can grab the world by the short hairs and see what happens!
At age 74 I’ve finally given myself permission to just play. About time right?
Whoo! Hoo! You go, girl! Let’s both have some fun!
You go, Annie!
It’s all a matter of perspective. To me, you are young.
I changed careers in my 50s, moved to New York City, and became an inner city school teacher for high needs students.
I’m now 70 living in the Midwest writing my third novel and renovating a house. I plan to move again in two years, buy a multi unit property and become an Airbnb host.
I had a great role model in my grandmother, who was always youthful in spirit. I look at my contemporaries now and see them divided into people who grow and people who wither. I choose to grow.
I look forward to hearing about your new adventures.
Omigosh, you’ve written three novels?!? Wow….
You are amazing! Just absolutely amazing! Do you still teach?
I don’t teach now. I write, I read, I plan home renovations and chip away at them.
We have so many potential selves, as you know. I love the fact that we can reinvent ourselves. 😊
IKR? It’s absolutely beautiful not to be stuck in the same path we started 🙂
I am the same age as you and I have been having a lot of these same thoughts lately. I’m glad you are going after what you want. Good Post.
Thank you so much, Kelly!
Hello. And Bye.
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