It was one if those cocktail parties where half a dozen men stood together talking about sports and politics, and the spouses were congregated on the other side of the room talking about Nietzsche or Bloomingdales or maybe even the men. One of the guys said,
“We’re moving. Just sold our place and have an accepted offer on a new place.”
“Downsizing?” one guy said, taking a sip of Cabernet.
“Nah. Actually the new house is bigger.”
“Bigger? Why? You’re 70 aren’t you?”
“So why bigger?
“You have a lot of money?”
“But aren’t you preparing for retirement? What if you get sick?”
“What if I don’t get sick and live 25 years? I don’t want to go down easy. I want to live, really live.”
“Oh,” the other guy said with a contemplative expression on his lined face.”
Shouldn’t we all live life to the fullest and have the right to make our own rules?
Wasn’t it Ibsen who said, ‘the majority is always wrong’. It’s the people who come up with ideas that no one else ever thought of that are often the most successful. I’m talking not only about financial success, but more importantly, emotional happiness.
Getting older doesn’t mean that you’re relegated to the trash heap. It just means that you’re getting older. There’s a real opportunity to put whatever wisdom you’ve accumulated into action.
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