26.1.2016 | 01:40
I had another one of those mind-blowing epiphanies this weekend….
I seem to get those a lot.
This one came about in the usual way – by listening to and learning from other people, and then letting ideas percolate in my brain.
Debra and I were watching videos from the 2014 Longevity Now Conference, which we purchased as part of an online summit early in 2015.
(Yes, we’re that behind. And yes, that’s part of the reason I’m suffering from “Summit Fatigue” and don’t plan to tune into or purchase more than one or two this year. We’re still catching up from last year, and the year before that….)
Yeah, I could’ve lived without the extended 3 ½ hour Nutri-Bullet infomercial disguised as the “Masters’ Workshop,” but I digress….
I really can’t decide if David “Avocado” Wolfe is brilliant, annoying, insane, fascinating – or maybe all of the above, depending on my mood. Sometimes what comes out of his mouth makes me see things in a whole new way – usually a good thing! – but other times … well, other times I just want him to shut up….
In any event, there was the usual emphasis on herbs and supplements, and lifestyle factors, to help us achieve longevity.
Speakers talked about what kind of habits and diets centenarians have, and what we can do to reach that 100-year mark ourselves.
But you know what?
On Sunday morning, it hit me – living to be 100 is certainly a fantastic goal, especially if you remain vibrant and healthy ‘til the end of your lifespan.
But to be perfectly honest, I’m not really interested in how long I live.
What I’m interested in is how well I live.
I want to reach the end of my days and look back to see that I lived a rich, full life – whether it’s 60 years or 112.
I want to live a good life, one filled with being of service to others, helping them achieve vibrant health and wellness.
Perhaps even that fabled Taoist Immortal longevity….
Like I said, that’s a great goal.
But it’s not necessarily the one on which I prefer to focus.
I’m not sure it’s the one on which any of us should be focused.
I guess it depends on what you want.
Personally, I always think of the movie “Highlander,” and that exquisite, poignant lament Queen contributed to the soundtrack:
I don’t want to live forever, and I don’t have a strong desire to reincarnate for all eternity.
I’m at peace with whatever lifespan I have ahead of me, and with not knowing what the future holds.
I like the mystery of it all.
I’d rather just focus on living a good life, doing what I can to help myself and others get and stay well.
I don’t need to live forever. Or even to 100….
I’m just grateful that I’ve already reached a half-century plus!! My dad didn’t even make it that far.
I’ll leave immortality to the gods and demi-gods, I think, and just strive to be the best mortal human I can be….