I’ll be 38 in 3 months. I’m in great health and still feel relatively youthful. But in the past couple of years, the fact that I will get old (hopefully) has begun to feel much more real. I knew it when I was 25 of course, but it was much more abstract.
When I was in my early 20’s I sorta had the thought that “who knows, with medical advances by the time i’m old, I may reach 120”. Now that I’m halfway to retirement and the years zoom by so fast, that’s unlikely.
Now, my question is this: At 38, i’m still not quite old enough for the big killers to take me out. Of course I can get cancer, and 38 year old’s have heart attacks and strokes. But the odds are still in my favor. With a bit of luck I can reasonably plan on being around in 2050. (i’ll turn 77 that year). What is it like to be in late 60’s or 70’s and at least by the odds, your personal stop sign is not that far away. When you’re 70, do you think every day, “I wonder if I’ll have a heart attack today”?
I hope that doesn’t sound offensive to older posters. I’ll be there soon, you’re just a bit farther down the road than me. I think this is the kind of question one would normally ask a grandparent, but mine are all dead.