What is old? If you look at the obituaries, half of those recently deceased are under 70.
If you look at that group, a third of those are under 60. So, what if you could ask those dead people, prior to their death, if they had thought they were ‘old’ ? I bet most would have said, “age is a state of mind.”
My point is, since most of us don’t know when the end of life will come, how can we define ‘old.’? A bottle of wine ages, trees grow rings, the lifespan of a bee is only a few days.
(By the way, where do all those dead bee bodies go?)
Humans beings lifespan ranges wildly over a hundred years or so. If you knew your lifespan was going to be 40 years, at what point would you consider yourself old? When would your daily decision making process be affected?
For example, if you loved adventure skiing, jumping off the cornice at Mammoth, let’s say at age 30….Knowing you had only a decade to go, at what point would you shy away from such risky behaviour, reasoning that it may not be wise to risk missing the final quarter of your life?
If age really is a state of mind, then how does your mind assign priorities ?
When you are assigned a project at work, isn’t one of the first things you do is layout a timeline, so you can finish the work on time?
Isn’t that what they call a ‘deadline?’
I’m just wondering…