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Old 09-04-2010, 02:06 PM   #1
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What do you want to be when you're 75?

Members here might enjoy reading this essay, and expressing their thoughts about "adaptive reuse." Essays like this annoy me.

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I've got a overflowing bucket list, but training for a new job...oops, I mean experiencing "adaptive reuse"..... at 60 isn't in there.

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What do you want to be when you're 75?
Old 09-04-2010, 03:10 PM   #2
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What do you want to be when you're 75?

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Old 09-04-2010, 05:15 PM   #5
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At that age what else but healthy is there to wish for?
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Old 09-04-2010, 05:39 PM   #6
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What else? What else?

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Old 09-04-2010, 06:10 PM   #7
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OK, I'll go and get some Buffalo Chips when I'm 75. REW, do you recommend Salty or Plain?
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What do you want to be when you're 75?

I'm not really sure what I am now at 52.....
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I want to be one of those yoga doing thin women with great silver hair who are eternally hip ! Well I can dream can't I ?
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Wealthy, and wise?

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You took the words out of my mouth! I've got a year to go to hit the big 75.
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Old 09-04-2010, 07:35 PM   #14
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I want to be one of those yoga doing thin women with great silver hair who are eternally hip ! Well I can dream can't I ?
Change yoga to Piliates and that's my future too. I know...I dream too. They look so darn good,healthy and happy.
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be healthy and well enough to continue to provide healthcare.
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This is the sentence that annoyed me most, in what was generally an elitist, condescending piece.

" But to stave off psychological ennui, we’ll need to aim higher — to assume that, as long as they’re healthy enough, people will continue to work into their 70s. Just as we ask children, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” we should start asking adults (i.e., ourselves), “What do you want to be between ages 50 and 75?”

Psychological ennui? Is that what retirement is? Perhaps to the author of the essay, it is. To me, retirement is the gift of freedom and time, and I expect neither mental nor physical boredom...as I said, my bucket list is full. And while yoga and pilates aren't on my list, hiking portions of the Appalachian Trail are, and I expect to look pretty damn good doing it! I think the author expects that one should retire when one is not healthy enough to work anymore. So that means one should only retire when one is too feeble, sick or old to work anymore; which also leaves one too feeble, sick or old to enjoy retirement. That's demented.

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I want to be:
- out of breath from a good laugh at least once every day with DH,
- still on my feet for a good walk or able to do a long bike ride,
- able to live in my own house and to care for it,
- able and interested to learn something new once in a while,
- a good friend to my friends and enjoying hanging around with family and friends,
- on a long vacation 2-4 times a year
- financially secure enough to do all that.

Looking at the list, the list is not so much different from how I am today and want to be when I am 60, 70, 80 and 90. Only that the vacations should be longer then.
(Happy dance...)
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I want to continue to sit around and laugh at people that write articles like that.
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