We know that life has a certain curve of wellness which declines into deterioration after reaching its peak of performance. The is the natural default deterioration which accompanies life. Whether you are a rock, a flower, a tree, or a human being. When you have served Mother Nature by utilizing her resources for your peak years of procreation, she begins to allow your physical form to deteriorate to make way for younger procreators.
Default deterioration is the natural order of life as the endless cycle of transforming from dust to life, from life to dust, ‘round and ‘round it goes, where it stops nobody knows.
Then there is you. You have the ability to change the natural tendency to restrict your life to a limited degree of potential, deteriorate and die to make room for others. You can, if you so desire, take a proactive approach to living a healthier life, continually growing and expanding in consciousness, awareness, and ever-increasing longevity.
In the last 50 years, life expectancy in the United States has increased from 70 years to nearly 79 years of age, there is a growing community of Americans who are seeking to extend their lives by taking better care of themselves, being more conscious about what they put in their bodies as raw materials, and staying active and productive well into what might be considered advanced age.
I have the full intention of living to be 120 years old, and there are many others who are on the path of doing just that. It is said that by the time those of us have reached 120 years old, there is a very good chance that we can go form there to 200 years old.
You have to be careful who you have this conversation with because the initial reaction of those who hear that you want to live to be 100-years or more will violently protest, raising their voice to ask,
Followed by 100 reasons why they would not want to live that long. For those people, they associate aging with decrepitude, they’ve aligned themselves with the idea of the default deterioration so much, that they resign themselves to embracing the idea of looking forward to an early grave.
To them, the idea of living very long means not being able to care for themselves, to rot away in a home as their body shuts down. This is the price they see for persisting to live and extend their lives on planet Earth. Too high a price for them to consider.
Yet, every year, more and more Americans (nearly 90,000 at present) are living to be more than 100 years old. While there is the genetic anomaly, the growing number of these people referred to as Centenarians, have extended their lives with intention, purpose, and a variety of proactive approaches to healthy living.
you have to want to live.
You need good reason(s) to live. Finding the joy of life and living a better life, adding value to family and community. Having so much fun with an ever-expanding joy, happiness, and appreciation for each breath you take. Every day you awake you know blessings are expected as you keep moving forward through another exciting day.
For the people who are living beyond what was previously seen as impossible not that long ago, they are not spending their extended years in wheelchairs or hospital beds. The ones I know are out walking on the beach, gardening, dancing, working out at the gym, hiking, climbing trees/mountains, riding bikes, racing motorcycles, practicing yoga, taking the boat out, and savoring every drop of life they can from each moment.
They take full responsibility for their own health and wellness, in ways that might frighten someone who has decided to live to be 78 to 79 at best, hoping that their time comes sooner rather than later, hopefully, while they’re asleep.
Not everyone is created the same, but as you look around, you will notice a go=rowing number of people who are aging in ways that would shock their peers.
Of course, if you’re going to live a long life, you must wrap your head around the idea that you are probably going to outlive everyone you know and love. You have to find a way to make peace with that, allowing others to do the best they can with what they have without judgment.
For the idea of advanced longevity, many are called, but few will do the work it takes to effectively extend their lives as they project themselves into the future.
What about you?
How long do you want to live?