DeathIf you knew you had a short time left to live, would you do anything differently? The movie, “Bucket List” highlighted how two men came to terms with their impending demise and went on quite an adventure before they “kicked the bucket”.

Longtime friend Kirk B. sent me an article published in the Watauga Democrat, “Between 65 and death”[1], offering 21 points of advice. We then enjoyed a great phone conversation.

Kirk’s had some near-death experiences; the subject is near and dear to both of us.

The Social Security website offers a Life Expectancy Calculator[2] to estimate when your day will come:

“According to data we compiled:

  • A man reaching age 65 today can expect to live, on average, until age 84.3.
  • A woman turning age 65 today can expect to live, on average, until age 86.6.

And those are just averages. About one out of every four 65-year-olds today will live past age 90, and one out of 10 will live past age 95.”

I’ve lived 2/3 of the gap between age 65 and 84.3. My grandmother died two months before her 100th birthday and my mother’s twin sister lived to be over 100. I prefer to enjoy life without knowing or fretting about when the end will come. I’d just as soon the Good Lord surprises me!

I feel like the guy who fell off the roof of a 100-story building. As he passed the 75th floor, he hollered, “so far, so good!”


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