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 For me the most important gain was realizing that the game was in the final stages, which creates a kind of freedom. You don't have the energy, drive, T, etc, to take on big risks, and in any case you shouldn't because it would be hard or impossible to start over after losing.

(Some will argue 50 is too young for these kind of thoughts, but as mom noted I am an old soul)

I once read an article by a retired journalist about his high school reunions. His best one was the 60th, because by then the ones left were done bragging about their big plans.

anonymous writes: 

A bit off-topic but the good Dr and the post-50 risk aversion he alludes to I am finding is quite pervasive. Nearly everyone I speak to wants to "just do this until I retire," or "I just want to work this job until I hit 62 and can begin getting SS, and live on the cheap from there."

And this is a very large swath of the population. In fact the big boomer bubble– who is either retired or mid-fifties now, is, by virtue of their age, nearly entirely risk-averse. The younger generation, perhaps even more so having never witnessed anything like an 80s or 90s style economy.

Just food for thought folks, being that I am not in the prognostications of anything business.

anonymous writes: 

I turned 60 last July. Although 3X/year sports injuries keep taking their toll on my old body, I keep chugging along. Yoga and open water swimming has been a lifesaver, probably cutting my recovery time in half. We're thinking of getting a house in Nicaragua, where the uncrowded waves have a siren song of their own. I have a bucket list in mind, and it is entirely surfing related. Before I die, hopefully I will get to surf Tavarua Fiji again, big Sunset Beach HI again, Todos Santos MX, Puerto Escondido Mx(Mexican Pipeline), Bali again, the Mentawais, Hossegor France, J-Bay, Bells Beach, and Durban. Plans and reservations are already in place for Tavarua next fall. Incidentally, Tavarua is the third best wave on the planet IMHO, and is the place that brought me closest to meet Charon. Bounced off a reef and picked up a staph infection that put me in intensive care for 10 days with my organs shutting down. Was it worth it? Hell yes. One thing that gives me thanks….my wife has bought into my bucket list and both of our lists easily mesh.

Stefanie Harvey writes: 

I am 48 so not quite there. This is the happiest I have been in my life:

- respected in my career
- happy in home life
- tolerance for bad behavior/drama has gone to zero
- integrating life experiences to solidify my values and philosophical base
- comfortable in my own skin

The one change– the body changes. Loss of estrogen means cardio vascular risk increases but it's easier to put on muscle. For men it can be loss of testosterone. My father got supplementary shots beginning in his late 60s until his death at 85. Exercise and healthy eating is a must for energy.

Make diet and exercise a priority. Create a system to eliminate distraction and decision fatigue. 


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  1. Warren Murdoch on May 16, 2017 5:06 pm

    I would add visiting a physician 2X/year to discover small problems before they become big problems.

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