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8500 days

8500 days

Someone who is currently 60 years old, following current life expectancy in Western Europe, has about 23 years ahead of him. That is approximately 8500 days. That means you have more than a quarter of your life ahead of you. And if you expect to reach the age of 90 you still have a third of your life ahaed of you. Fantastic, you can do so much with all that time! 8500 precious days.

Four benefits
Once you reach the age of sixty you have a number of privileges that you did not have when you were 20: Freedom, Knowledge, Network and Resources. Theses privileges can help you give direction to the 8500 days that life expectancy gives you.

Freedom
When you stop working a lot of obligations will disappear. You are free to do what you want. You used to have limited time availalbe, now you have an abundance of time. You can take advantage of the time ahead, possibly together with your partner, as you see fit.

Knowledge

With around 30 to 35 years of work experience and accumulated knowledge you are, as it were, at the top of your abilities. You have not only gathered theoretical knowledge in your life, but you have also developed this knowledge in practice. You know how to apply your knowledge effectively. You know which side one’s bread is buttered on. The accumulated ‘capital’ of knowledge and experience is freely available to you.

Network

Your network is at its biggest at the moment of completion of your working life. Every year people are added to your network, people you know more and less intensively. The people in your network appreciate who you are and what you do. They know what you are capable of. That network does not become obsolete on the first day of your retirement. It is at your disposal and offers you opportunities to set up the next phase of your life.

Resources
At the age of 20 money was the limiting factor concerning some of your options. Now on your 55th, 60th or 65th you might have a bit more to put side, to live from or to use for something special.

The four aspects above mean that the life from the age of 60 can be a very exciting phase of your life.

Making choices
When you have a lot of opportunities, you have to make choices. This is difficult and we did not really learn how to make those choices. What will you do after your retirement? What will you do after your working life? These are questions that you can only answer when you ask yourself what you would really like to do and what motivates you. You are confronted with questions that can not answer easily.

There are no roads yet
In the western world there is no such thing as a pattern, a social structure or a fixed approach to determine how you will organize your life after your sixtieth. The increase in life expectancy did not yet result in new ways to fill this ‘second youth’.

Focus

Society focuses on the working population and on those who feel that they can and should work. Seniors do not belong here because they have already made their contribution. And that’s a shame, because when you look at the 60andMore group from a different perspective, this group can make very valuable contributions to society. Partly this is already happening, for example, in terms of volunteering.

The courage to go your own way
You have to be a bit of a free spirit since there are no obvious paths laid out for you. The adventure and the choices for the coming 8500 days require freedom of thought, creativity and some courage…

Physical fitness
Depending on your approach, the coming 8500 days can be great, but also very lonely and disappointing. Physical fitness during any stage of life has a great impact on how you experience your life. That is why you also need to pay attention to your condition. How do you stay fit? Life expectancy gives you 8500 days, but how do you ensure that you have the energy to do what you would like to do and pursue your goals?

Getting out of bed

What motivates you? If you are able to define what motivates you, chances are you wake up in the morning with more energy and excitement.

Love and cherish life as a precious gift. It is too precious to let is slowly fade away. Live life to the fullest and take full advantage of it.

Getting out of bed

What motivates you? If you are able to define what motivates you, chances are you wake up in the morning with more energy and excitement.

Love and cherish life as a precious gift. It is too precious to let is slowly fade away. Live life to the fullest and take full advantage of it. You do not need to party all the time but you should try to give meaning to your daily activities. That does not stop when you stop working.

Inspiration for others
Someone who fully lives to the end will automatically be a valuable and colorful member of society. He or she will not be seen as a cost for society, but as an inspiration for others, as guide for those who are open to it. They enrich and lend colour to society. They show that life does not end with retirement. Your contribution increases as you gain more control over your freedom, time, knowledge and experience.

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