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You wake up one day and realize you’re ten years older than you were the previous night. Beyond the initial shock, how does this development change your life plans?

Whoa! That would be a shock, and not one I’d appreciate — I’m not sure anyone would. I plan on getting a lot of things accomplished in the next ten years that I’m not sure I will be able to do in ten years time.

I’m 66 — so a jump to 76 would probably find me significantly less able to keep up the schedule I do today. I’m in good health now, and hopefully that will continue, but there are changes age naturally brings that means some activities will be harder to do.

I have 9 grandchildren, eight from 2-8, and one, 12 tomorrow, and two extras from my daughter’s marriage, both teenagers. I love them all, and would hate to miss that time with them. They’re at particularly entertaining (if sometimes challenging) ages, and I want to be a part of the people they become.

Perhaps one of the most encouraging places I’ve visited is Sun City, Florida (where my sister lives), and the old people there are a joy to behold. They really are living life to the fullest well into their eighties and even nineties. Some are in incredibly good shape with high energy and physical abilities they probably wouldn’t have if they didn’t keep so active. Sun City, of course, provides all sorts of physical and social activities to keep older people busy in an enjoyable and healthful manner.

I simply have too much to do yet to miss out on 10 years. I have a “bucket list” with lots of things on it that I look forward to doing, including, hopefully, seeing some or all of these grandchildren grow into adults so I can see what kind of people they turn out to be.