Recently I have been doing some exploring into my Family Tree.
If you have been following along for a while now you would know that I am able to draw down upon some pretty serious longevity genes.
Grandmother Verlie celebrated her 103rd birthday this year and her husband, my darling Granfather Bob passed away at 101. My other Grandmother, Grandy Jean also lived beyond 100, and as I trace back through both family trees, there is a consistent thread of many who lived long, long lives.
My maternal grandparents in particular are an inspiration to me because they lived in their own home unassisted well into their nineties. The thing that really kept them vital was that their days, and their lives in general, had purpose.
Both were involved in their community in service groups, sporting organisations and their church.
Grandmother was still knitting until quite recently and they kept a beautiful home and garden.
Scrabble and crosswords were pastimes that my Grandmother enjoyed immensely and my Grandfather was an active member of the local historical society.
It used to crack me up to think about them delivering 'Meals On Wheels' to people who were at least thirty years their junior!
Whenever I share this information with people they are quite impressed and say to me things like "Wow! You're in for a long ride!" or "It looks like you're going to live a long time."
The thing is there is a BIG difference between living a long life and LIVING a long life.
To be able to have a healthy body and mind and to enjoy a sense of purpose and connection within a loving community of family and friends is my ideal.
It would be terrific to have the capacity to continue to learn new things and to stretch my 'self' for at least another forty years.
But as we all know, there is nothing certain in this world and so it is my maxim that I will try my hardest to make the most of the 'now'.
I hope to be able to keep learning, experimenting with new ideas and experiencing all that this world affords me for as long as it is possible to do so....however long that may be.