How much do I want to read more? 7/10
This book is full of goodies, and I like the author's philosophy. Key concepts are: "to decide". Then to have a sense of "purpose", and you could guess, to live "healthfully".
"Sadly, our cultures still function as though our lives are over by age 60 or 65, and many people over that age are left without a sense of purpose or passion. On top of that, most older people don’t know how to maintain their health and vigor, robbing them of the ability to be proactive about their own lives."
We should feel all concerned about it.
"Planning for a fulfilling old age should be as normal as planning a career path or contributing to a retirement fund. Old age is the future that awaits everyone, and how you live now will have a tremendous effect on your final decades of life."
INTRODUCTION: EMBRACING A NEW HUMANITY AND A NEW EARTH
But let me tell you bluntly: I do not have any magic pill that will guarantee that you or anyone else will live to be 120. I am currently in my late 60s, and I cannot even guarantee that I will live that long. However, I have decided to live to age 120.
The key word here is decided. I have made a clear, unwavering decision that I will live to 120 years of age.
I can live my life with the expectation that I will live this long, especially if I take steps to live healthfully and with a deep sense of purpose.
In my youth, I thought my life would essentially be over by age 60, since the average lifespan at the time was not very long, and 60 years was viewed as a considerable lifetime. But it’s a different story today. People routinely live 20 to 40 years longer than this. Yet, sadly, our cultures still function as though our lives are over by age 60 or 65, and many people over that age are left without a sense of purpose or passion. On top of that, most older people don’t know how to maintain their health and vigor, robbing them of the ability to be proactive about their own lives.
Now that we’re living longer than ever before, everyone is trying to figure out how to live well in their later years. We’re now experiencing a flood of advice for aging successfully from fitness companies, nutrient suppliers, books, the Internet, TV, and health gurus. But such advice is missing something, it seems to me. It lacks what I call spirit. I believe that the most important task in the second half of life is finding a purpose, one that will give the rest of our years meaning. The spirit that brings each moment vibrantly alive comes from such a purpose. Without it, living even to be 80 might feel boring and pointless.
I wrote this book thinking of readers over 40 who have started contemplating the latter half of their lives. But it can help anyone, regardless of age, who wants to have a meaningful, fulfilling life. After all, one thing is inescapable: we will all experience old age one day, unless we die tragically young. Planning for a fulfilling old age should be as normal as planning a career path or contributing to a retirement fund. Old age is the future that awaits everyone, and how you live now will have a tremendous effect on your final decades of life.
As an older person, you may find yourself in a similar predicament—people may tell you that you are crazy to think you can do anything new and important at your age. But I am here to tell you that you can. You can live your life with vision and passion, and you can do something that will make a real difference in this difficult world. It’s not too late.
First, the second half of life need not be a time of decline and regression. It can be your golden age—amazingly fulfilling and hopeful. It all depends on what goals you have for your life in your old age. In these pages, I will help you set goals that are truly in alignment with your highest self.
Second, you can take charge of your physical health as you age. You will learn concrete principles and methods for creating your own well-being as you actively manage your aging process.
Third, you have the power and potential to affect the future of the entire human species and the earth itself, as well as the lives of individuals around you. You can contribute to birthing a new culture of wisdom unprecedented in human history. It all depends on what values you pursue and what lifestyle you choose for your old age.