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One week into January

Are you still resolute?

Did you make goals for the year?

There are some [usually younger] who would wonder why we “old” people make resolutions or goals. I always remember a Lifespan class I taught many years ago in Boston. It was within a university unit which allowed those over 65 to take classes for free and my class included a man who had retired to Boston. [That alone seemed odd to many of the younger members of the class.]

One of our projects consisted of students interviewing people of different ages on topics such as work, family, future plans and death. Some of the younger members of the class were very uncomfortable with the idea of asking people in their 60’s, 70’s or older about a future or death. The 65-year-old man thought that was interesting. He told them that most his age would have no trouble answering those questions.

“After all,” he added, “some of you will die long before I do.” A long silence ensued and then we had a very lively discussion of life expectancy, risk taking and health…I still remember that particular class and I am guessing most in the class do as well.

We who are now older don’t mind discussing the future or our own plans and goals for it. Who knows how long we will live…but no matter how long it is – we need goals and plans. I have written mine – I have serious income producing plans for my business for this and future years..

Excelsior! [ I am a native New Yorker :)]

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