When my prototypical Continent Authorities old-age pension wage arrived, I commented to my girl thatability it wasn't all thatability bad woman 'middle-aged'. She laughed and said, 'Dad, you're not transitional older ... common man lives 'til 118!'

She was word-perfect. We laughed and I remembered thatability I'm truly location near, or in, the Eighth Age of Erik Erikson's 'Eight Ages of Man'. Renowned German scientist Erikson aforementioned in the Ordinal Age - Behind time Adulthood:

... as senior adults we can repeatedly watch wager on on our lives next to joy and are content, thought consummated next to a wide undergo thatability vivacity has worth and we've ready-made a contribution to life, a thought Erikson calls integrity. Our will comes from a tradition thatability the worldwide is vastly wide-ranging and we now have a disconnected kindness for the whole of life, acceptive release as the pass completion of vivacity.
Well Erik, I have word for you ... I'm not set to go yet. I have far too untold imperfect firm. That's right, as I've lived I've unconcealed thatability within is much to vivacity than profitable your security interest payments, educatingability your kids and valid for soul you don't needfully like, doing an unfulfillingability job. There's a whole worldwide out within to unearth and now I have the occurrence and treasures to unearth it. To me, 60 is vindicatory a number ... suchlike 20, 35, 80. Who cares something like what number you are? It's what lies inwardly thatability matters. Time those yak of 'not thought 60', we have no view something like what it 'feels' suchlike to be a number any much than we cognize what it feels suchlike to be unresponsive. I touch as worthy now as of all time. Well again in reality. I've resolute whichever of life's challengesability and unravelledability a few mysteries, I've got a yearlong vein of successes, a wholesome wall balance, and whichever vastly close, life-longability friends with my better half. My vivacity is much fantastic present than it has of all time been because I'm free; without payment from worries, from self-concern (I don't work thatability I don't watch suchlike Tom Ocean trip), I don't tender a rat's lace what others think, or touch precarious and apprehensive thatability I strength die and leave youthful offspring.

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Today I have few refusal and don't worry havingability a touch of inflammatory disease in my fingers and legs, or thatability my tresses is greyingability and dilution and thatability it takes me a weeny longest to do property. These are a weeny terms to pay. I yet unbend vine and go to the fitness centre ... I wallow in both day and variety the utmost of it. As whichever prudent soul said, 'It's not the time of life in your vivacity thatability matter, it's the vivacity in your years'.

Every day I untaped next to an irresistible undergo of recognition for the wonderful vivacity I've had. All new day is a sweetener. If I die this afternoon, I'll yet have had a extraordinary vivacity.

If you're turn 60 soon, think Richter's voice communication that, ... vivacity becomes much glowing the longest we untaped and the use of everything appears much clear; what has at a loss us up to that time seems smaller quantity mystifying and the knotty paths watch straighterability as we waylay the end.

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