He said she only had about ten more good years. What? Only ten good ones before the aging tide swallows us into a sea of doctor visits and pain from this ailment or that?
Five years ago, a friend told me something profound. She said her older brother told her she should do all she wanted to do in her lifetime – and very soon. He said she only had about ten more good years. What?
I’ve never forgotten that statement, and neither has my friend. My friend and I laugh about her brother’s remark every time we’re together. I realized recently that it isn’t really a ha-ha type of funny laugh. These days, it’s more like nervous laughter. (Really, only ten? )
While we never know how much longer we’ll have good health and vitality, we all seem to expect things to stay relatively the same. Deep down inside, we know. Anything could rear its ugly head on an annual scan or in a regular check-up. If we wait until that happens, we’ve waited too long and the coulda’s, woulda’s, and shoulda’s fill us with regret. We should definitely prioritize a plan. Now rather than later!
To everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
Have you made a bucket list of sorts? Do you have travel plans? New ventures in life to experience? New goals and challenges to conquer? Things you’d like to learn?
God designed us with His perfect plan for our growing years as well as our growing older years. We should definitely plan for our growing older must-do’s or they won’t get done. Of course we have surprise health issues from time to time. Things can change quickly, possibly negating a plan altogether. My motto is:
Plan now – adjust later.
Step One: The List
Get a notepad or piece of paper. (Good to do with your hubby on Valentine’s Day – yes, a date night. 🙂 ) Make your list of travel destinations, things you’d like to do or accomplish, physical events in which to take part (that triathlon, for one – just kidding, no pressure).
Number the items on your list in prioritized order.
Step Two: The Schedule
Get your planner for this year and schedule the top three or four items on your list.
Step Three: Expanding Schedule
On your notepad, list the next five years with space blocks vertically between. Assign things from your list to each appropriate year according to your priorities. Depending on your list length, you may need to schedule more than three to four per year or expand your list to eight or ten years.
Let’s manage our last ten good years wisely – to the extent that we’re able, God willing. Feel better now?