Pick up any shrink or self-help book and my guess is that before page 50 the author will tell you to “stay in the present”. I could not agree more. However! I’ll go back to my father for an example of someone who never lived in the past, present or future. To tell you the truth I’m not sure what he thought about, what he planned for, how he enjoyed life. Clearly, he never thought of the end. Even after he retired he still got dressed for work everyday. What the hell did my mother think when he showed up at the breakfast table in a white shirt, tie and suit coat! (Probably Show Me The Money)
I remember looking into my dad’s eyes as he was dying. I remember distinctly wondering what he was thinking about. His eyes seemed to carry the message I’m glad it’s over big guy, I’m tired. Or maybe he was wondering how he was going to fill the car up since he was flat broke.
OK, enough preamble. Regardless of your present age you need to carve time out of your life and begin to think about the end of your life or more accurately what will your financial, emotional, and mental outlook be when you are close to the expiration date on living. Downer subject, huh? I don’t think so. There are no life do-overs so why not look back as life begins the last act and have the smile on your face that indicates “I did good”!
I don’t mean to turn this into bullet point mania but these thoughts are worth pondering:
- What do you really like to do? What turns your crank, so to speak?
- Do you do enough of that on a daily basis?
- How do you like to have fun? Will you always have time to do that down the road?
- How much money do you need to save now so you can enjoy life down the road.
- Are you a big company person, small company person, own your own company person?
- How do your strengths and weaknesses help and/or hinder you?
- What will your last thought(s) be right before you know that your time is up? (Might want to put this one first.)
- Are there specific objectives you want to achieve in your life?
- How do you want to impact your kids?
- Is there some action, document, thought you want to leave with your family?
- Who are you?
Consider this an exercise about successful living on your way to your expiration date. And since none of us know when that will be shouldn’t you be thinking about all these things N-O-W?