Is a Long Life a Good Life?

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70 or 100?

I think that age as a number is not nearly important as health. You can be in poor health and be pretty miserable at 40 or 50. If you’re in good health, you can enjoy things into your 80s.

— Bob Barker.

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this blog going, so stay tuned for more.

Is a Long Life a Good Life?

Would you rather live until you’re 70, in as good as shape as you can be and completely enjoying your life, or would you rather live until  you’re 100 and be miserable?

I think the answer is pretty obvious, at least to me it is. But it’s a question that I find myself asking. What good is it to live to be 100 if you’re hanging on by a thread each day, barely mobile, relying solely on the help of others and completely miserable? 

Think about it. Think about the things we daily take for granted that we are able to do because of our health. Getting up out of bed, standing up from a seated position, going to the grocery store and loading groceries into the car by yourself. The little things. 

It’s about independence. Not relying on others for constant assistance.

It’s about enjoyment. spending time with your grandkids or doing a hobby you love.

It’s about freedom. Something we all want and will still want when we are older.

The answer to the question previously mentioned seems obvious. But what are you willing to do about it. Because you can’t start when you’re 70. You can try but are you really willing to risk even if you’ll make it that long? Are you willing risking being miserable when you’re 40 or 50? I don’t know about you but I want to enjoy my life to the best of my abilities now. 

And it’s starts with now.

Not tomorrow, not next week. Not after the Holidays coming up. No, if you want it, it has to start now.

But, how?

The truth is, we are all in different places in our lives. Maybe you have some hefty goals ahead of you if you wish to get on track to be the healthiest you. Or maybe you were healthy not too long ago, exercised daily and ate right, but fell off the wagon and need to get back on. Whatever you face, it’s going to take a willingness and determination to be the healthiest you. Its going to mean you have to say no to certain things, its putting down the fried chicken and picking up a salad. It’s turning off the TV and going for a walk or a run. It’s not going to be easy. But you don’t become a better person by not facing challenges. And you certainly don’t become a healthier person by not facing resistance. 

Think ahead. 20, 30, 40 years from now. What will your life look like if you continue in your lifestyle? Is it a pretty picture? Now think ahead again, this time thinking about what you WANT it too look like. 

Take massive action. Make goals. And live the best life you can possibly live; healthy, independent and free.

-JE

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