Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, largely because I’ve been on the road for over a week. First, to panama city beach over the July Fourth weekend – what a perfect beach, since no oil was there yet: white sand, not shell-y, clear waters, nice community. Then off to LA to show my daughter some colleges – USC, Occidental, and Pitzer – each with its own special flavor and possibilities. Then to Seattle to show her around not just a gorgeous and happening city but the U of Washington, a massive and populous center of learning and activity. Hence, I hardly had time to go on line let alone write anything. Furthermore, from Seattle, I flew to Kansas City to teach for Exercise ETC, where I actually do have some time to catch up, relax, and work out.
Something new and exciting happens or is reported daily. There is much that we should be thankful for in this country and much we should be worried about. For those who see aging as a problem – as I sit here after walking a couple miles to/from dinner with my bad knee aching – of economic security, in these insecure and troubling times, I would like to address your attention to the real issue: aging. Yes, I know it sounds like I am forgetting that I already mentioned it but let me explain.
Every day, we age. Every day, we make, spend, or save money. The only truth, however, is the former, as the latter is dependent entirely on the former. Regardless of money’s role in your life, you’re going to age. So, while you consider how you’re going to make money to live into your retirement years, think of this: how are you going to live in your retired years? Another double statement, but by now it should be obvious to you – I mean it. How do you intend to actually move around and be alive – qualitatively, not just quantitatively? Feebly or vigorously? Money will help if applied with some effort, or will help if you never apply yourself with some effort – but the effort you make now, and into old age, will be a bigger determinant of the quality of your life than the money you make or save now. How so? Simple – try moving around with a 60lb backpack