When I admit to people that I want to live be 125 years old, they ask me why anyone would want to live to that age. They assume anyone that old will be frail and unable to enjoy life. I say horse hockey!
First of all I kind of need to live that long. There are so many things I want to do in this life, I am not sure I will be able to fit them all in even if I am lucky enough to 100.
Secondly, just imagine all the adventures that will become possible in the future. In 60 years when I am 100 years old, space travel will be something you do on a Sunday afternoon….if you feel like it. In 80 years I can probably take my kids camping on the moon (…well maybe they will need to take me).
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60 years ago medicine could hardly cure a headache, and in 60 years from now, there will be tons of treatments to keep me strong – of course I won’t need much since I will be keeping myself fit an healthy in the meantime.
Staying fit so you can live to be 125 means that you are stronger for the years in between now and then. When people become sedentary in their 40’s and 50’s, health limits their life choices thereafter (at least limits thier physical pursuits). Seems like shortchange to me. My father is a competitive cyclist riding in the European Alps. He is 70+ and kicking ass. He can do whatever he wants whenever he wants and will be able to do so for years because he takes care of himself (although he eats too much bacon). I don’t know anyone that wants the first 50 years of their life to be great and then the next 20 years slowly shutting down for the end.
Lastly and most importantly, I want to grow old with my loved ones. If my sunset occurred at the average age of 70 something, I would live to see my kids turn 30. That’s it. No thanks. I would prefer to see my kids turn 80 and enjoy all that time with them.
Staying fit now means you get decades of full living with the freedom to do whatever you want. And if I die early for whatever reason, I know I lived every day to the fullest.
Btw – if I live to be 125 years old, then I will then make it my mission to make it to 150.