When you get to age 50, you know that you have used up probably over half of your life span. Now is the time to get real with yourself, face your situation and get priorities straight for the latter part of your life. Here are some thoughts on the tasks of aging.
Reality 1. You are old and getting older. Your body will begin to deteriorate and you will experience decreased ability, discomfort and possibly illness. No point in whining and complaining. We have to accept it all as inevitable and natural. Remember, your are in the tiny minority of all humans in history that have lived this long. Don’t waste the precious gift of longevity.
Reality 2. You will die, and you do not know exactly when. Death is the big trip, so be sure you are packed and ready when the time comes. Have you lived your life to the full?
Reality 3. Time, energy and attention are your most precious and scarce resources–everything else is extraneous. Never sell your time (for status or money) to someone else for less than it is value to you. Use your energy and attention for those things that are essential and life-enhancing.
Get Your Priorities Straight:
You do not have all the time in the world. Get to grips with the reality of who you are and what is most important in your life. Procrastination is the life stealer.
Your priorities need to be:
Your Self – not your ego, personality, fears or desires but what is essential to your being. Take care of your soul first and your outer life will follow.
Your Relationships – your capacity for love and connection is essential. Practice love and gratitude every day, particular with your partner, children and close friends.
Your Legacy – the enduring difference you make in the world that contributes to humanity. Will you die satisfied with your life? What do you still need to do and be?
Our relationship with and appreciation for later life is changing rapidly. The second half of life is filled with rich possibilities. Retirement not longer means sitting in the armchair, idling away the hours. Now is the time to take stock, make powerful intentions and live life to the last drop.