It’s always nice to have something to look forward to.
I know some people my age that look forward to waking up each day.
I’m not at that point and rather practice a Zen type of thing where “if you do, you do – if you don’t, you don’t; meanwhile, what’s for dinner?”
But then I saw something in this morning’s newspaper in between Tina Turner getting married and Google wanting to implant computer chips in people’s brains.
It’s amazing what passes for news these days.
There’s a new study that has been released.
After studying thousands of people in 50 nations, it says life satisfaction peaks at 23 and 69.
For people in their early twenties life starts looking good around 23 and anything is possible.
Then the disappointments of life kick in as they find out everything is not possible.
I really don’t remember that happening.
I usually got what I went after.
One has to wonder who they studied.
It certainly wasn’t me.
The report goes on to say expectations continue to drop and hit their lowest point in people’s mid-fifties, when regrets over unrealized dreams are at their greatest.
I don’t remember that either.
Like I say, I mostly got what I was after.
Except for Barbara B, who got cold feet after we were engaged, ran home to Las Vegas and mailed her ring back 2 months later with a one-line note, “Enclosed please find one engagement ring.”
Broke my heart.
I thought she was the love of my life.
Then about ten years ago I saw her picture on the Internet.
Did I get lucky.
She had really let herself go.
Let’s chalk that one up as a success in the end.
Back to the study – it says satisfaction levels start to rise again after 55 and peak once more at 69.
The study wraps up by saying people in their fifties could learn from the elderly, who generally feel less regret, or maybe gave up.
Okay, being elderly I have this to share…
Remember what Dear Abby said: Life is 10-percent what happens to you and 90-percent how your respond to it.
I’m going to be 69 in six months and it’s great to have something to look forward to.