A lot of your experience of your sunset years will revolve around the state of your health. Take care of yourself now. I know that 70 seems decades away, but you’ll get there, if you’re lucky, and have no idea where the time went.
Prepare yourself to be old.
I didn’t. I was a sun worshiper and I smoked for many years. I quit smoking in 1982, but the damage the smoke did to my skin is taking its revenge out now on my upper lip. Smoking used to seem so cool. It wasn’t. Now, I see young people smoking and I want to know where their brains are.
Get to a good weight for you and stay there.
Don’t be a constant worrywart.
Don’t waste time worrying. I spent too much time worrying about things that never happened. The few that did got handled and the world is still turning.
I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.
Don’t think of yourself as old. The day you start to believe that, you will be.
- Go to a gym and lift weights.
- Do 100 squats a day. It will keep your legs strong.
- Strengthen your core muscles. You don’t want to fall over and break anything.
- Smile. Try to look on life as lightheartedly as you can. Ask yourself, when you’re feeling your worst, will this matter in five months or five years?
- Don’t let someone break your heart. They left. You still have a beating heart. It’s not broken and you want to keep it that way.
- Don’t eat crap.
- •Remember Michael Pollen’s rule:
“Eat food, mostly plants, and not too much”
- You think you’re always going to be as young as you are. Trust me. It doesn’t work that way.