Ask most people in their 70s or 80s if they would like to live to 120 years and most would reply, “With my health issues — are you kidding”?
What if you asked vital, healthy people in their 70s, 80s and beyond if they would like to live to 120, and with certain caveats, you probably would get a much different answer. Let’s be honest. Regardless of age, if one is healthy mentally, physically and financially stable, life is good so why not live as long as possible? I fully understand some would disagree with that assertion but that’s an argument for a different time.
Author Ilchi Lee makes a compelling case for healthy longevity. He believes the older years can be the best years of life when they are lived with a purpose and filled with hope and dreams. That’s certainly contrary to the American way of aging. He writes, “Living a comfortable, easy worry-free life isn’t what’s best for brain health. For the health of your brain, you should raise its workload. It’s important not to leave your brain in its default state, doing what’s it’s always done, but instead constantly give it new tasks and stimulation.”
In our way of life, age 65 is the norm to stop doing what you have done most of your adult years and retire into a culturally approved leisure oriented lifestyle and adopt a culturally approved leisure oriented mindset that is difficult to avoid because human nature prefers leisure over effort. There is little or no preparation or encouragement prior to retirement to live the final phase of life with purpose, hopes or dreams as author Ilchi Lee proposes. Retirement is the holy grail even if it promotes decline.
I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years has thirteen inspiring chapters but one of the most exciting is “Give Your Brain Hopes and Dreams” which will be a thought provoking eye opener and motivation to change for healthy, vital individuals convinced by the culture that “it’s all over” because they reached “useless” “old age”. This book is a lot of “good news” that should be required reading especially for those nearing, or in early retirement and want a life that can be better than the first half.