“Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams”. (Ralph Waldo Emerson) I was reminded of that quote in an article from Intentional Retirement.com titled “8 Habits of Successful Retirees“. It really provides some good reminders on living life:
1. Live with a sense of urgency. Life is limited; Live each day with meaning.
2. Take Risks. We all should have insurance and wear seat belts. Still, to pursue goals means taking some risk to attain.
3. Be healthy. In 1900, the three leading causes of death were flu, diarrhea and tuberculosis. Today, the three leading causes of death are stroke, heart attack and cancer. The article reminds that stress and diet are part of these causes.
4. Retire to something, not from something. The article discusses pursuing not escaping.
5. Retire based on your bank account, not your birthday.
6. Choose yes over no; active over passive; adventure over inertia. Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed over the things that you didn’t do, rather than the things that you did”.
7. Do Important Work. All of us are created to do something meaningful and productive.
8. Foster meaningful relationships. “If a man (or woman) does not make new acquaintances through life, he will soon find himself alone. Keep friendships in constant repair”. (Samuel Johnson)
The article attached above has many more nuggets on life. It seemed applicable in the blog because I had just sat down with someone to discuss value for their case. Many of the things above had been impacted by the crash.
For instance, she couldn’t hang out with her friends; was not able to work and save money; was fearful for her health; and felt like the crash had caused her to be a couch potato. When the accident happened, she was a teenager. These principles of a good retirement were reminders for a teenager.
A reminder that no matter where we are in life, we all need purpose. Plus, we need to be able to have the physical capability to carry out that purpose. Without your health, it is hard to enjoy anything.
And from Mom’s archives for pic o’: