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Old 05-27-2019, 11:32 AM
 
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Even people under 65 have these thoughts. I'm in my 30s and sometimes have these thoughts. There are times I think about what retirement could look like or what the back half of my life may be like.
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Old 05-27-2019, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Of course I think about time left. Nothing like signing mortgage papers to look into the future! I have always done all the proper things about will, beneficiaries, financial considerations, etc. Probably a lot because I've never had anyone standing behind me to help- elders, husband, partner, etc. I will have fixed income for the rest of life (Soc. Sec., pension) so no need to extrapolate age into the future.

I am aware that horseback riding might not be an older-age plan! So intend to treat it very much as a savoring in the present.

Like many people, deterioration in some yet-unknown ways is more of an issue than the inevitable.
I think it's a good plan. My county park system had an Over-55 horseback riding program a few years ago. I wish they would reinstate it now that I am retired.
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Old 05-27-2019, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Im 71, but in my head, Im about 50. Every so often, one of my contemporaries dies and I think, why them and not me? My youngest grandchild is 1, and I worry that I will miss the milestones in her life.

Meanwhile, I keep myself patched up, and hope for the best. It could go either way. 3 of my grandparents lived to late 80s. Parents and others died of various diseases. I figure, why spoil today by stressing about tomorrow?
I've been going to a lot of concerts lately just to enjoy the old rock n roll guys. Most are in their 70's and some still do a great job. It's nice to be able to shake their hand and say thank you for all the great music and you hear it today and it still sounds great! Brings back great memories too!
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Old 05-27-2019, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Its a joke that it is a waste of money for someone to buy green bananas because they may not live long enough for them to ripen and eat.
I am the first one to say I am/was very naive.

I worked for a large computer firm early on; very young and all the guys picked on me b/c I was so sheltered. I didn't do much outside of work b/c I was working 3 jobs and going to school.

All in fun though - they got me one day when I had never heard the word "keister" - probably spelling it wrong.

A couple of years later, we had a huge Christmas party (corporate) and the joke was to get me all beautified and see if any one recognized me. I will say most of the women did; the men did not; one of the funnest nights ever! I felt like an actress! The men NEVER figured it out and I don't think they were ever told; kind of an inside joke.

I learned a lot there though and I met my future husband through a girl I worked with (he was her bf at the time).
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Old 05-27-2019, 12:44 PM
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Location: North Monterey County
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While I do know that nothing lasts forever - there is nothing that makes me feel more invincible than a good bike workout.

Maybe it's the endorphins - but after 40 minutes/10 miles/300 calories on the bike at the gym - I feel like I can move mountains. I go directly to the strength training machines - and do another 20 minutes.

It's one thing to dwell on what we don't have - like time - it's better to acknowledge what makes you feel good.
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Old 05-27-2019, 01:27 PM
 
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I think it's a good plan. My county park system had an Over-55 horseback riding program a few years ago. I wish they would reinstate it now that I am retired.
I have always met the girls with horses! A major reason for moving to Colorado was to have a horse life. I am talking with an excellent horsewoman who runs a therapeutic riding program, and I am certified for same as a horse handler. Weather has kept the program from getting going yet, but she has also invited me to trail ride with her. I thought of maybe leasing a horse from her, but she seems to want to have me along to "help exercise the horses." No burden on me, that's for sure, although I still think of leasing a horse for trail riding.
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Old 05-27-2019, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I tell people that in 15 years I will be 100 years old. Whether I make it or not is anyone's guess.

There is always that thought that one of us will become the survivor, and how will that play out.

Our grandkids are 24 and 26. No one talks about great grandkids at this time.
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Old 05-28-2019, 04:24 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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The original question made me think of what I wonder when I hear of someone in their 90s or 100s. Every night when they go to bed, do they fear that they won’t wake up?
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Old 05-28-2019, 05:41 AM
 
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The original question made me think of what I wonder when I hear of someone in their 90s or 100s. Every night when they go to bed, do they fear that they wont wake up?
Maybe not fear. My aunt, who died recently at 93, said she was ready (in pain, blind) and her religious beliefs seemed to give her a lot of comfort as to what would happen the day she didn't wake up. (A shame that her beliefs caused her to fear for my soul- I told her if there's a judgment, I'll stand on my actions, not my thoughts. I know I presented a bit of a dilemma for her beliefs but I think she died at peace, with her priest and all).
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Old 05-28-2019, 06:17 AM
 
Location: annandale, va & slidell, la
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Those of you past 65: does thinking about this topic interest you? Do you dwell on it or is too sad or pessimistic? Even if you are in decent good health.
Sure, it's just math. I'm in the slow-go period now, will enter no-go in about 12-15 years.
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