I’m not the type of person who creates annual goals. I don’t have a 10 year plan, or even a 5 year plan. How could I possibly have one when I’m still waiting for my vision?
But Mr. HalfFull has a 100 year plan. He wants to live to age 100, and be featured on a Smucker’s jar.
That seems like a ridiculously long life to me. I have no desire to live to 100. I can’t imagine having much quality of life at that age.
Regardless of how many years Mr. HalfFull and I get under our belts, I want to be the first to go. I constantly remind him of our pact to let me die first. But this is the most unlikely of all scenarios. First of all, women generally live longer than men. Secondly, he’s already 10 years older than me. Finally, if you add in family health history, the odds are stacked against Mr. HalfFull.
So those three factors of female longevity, age, and family history are immutable. But there are things we can change, namely how we live our lives today. Yet, it seems I’m screwing that up too!
Last week, I told you about how I’m getting lots of exercise and sleep. On the other hand, Mr. HalfFull wakes up early, works long hours, goes to bed late, and doesn’t have a regular exercise routine. This formula doesn’t seem to be working out right at all.
Last week was Halloween. We never get trick-or-treaters, so I stopped buying Halloween candy years ago in an effort to save me from eating it all. So I had absolutely no candy on Halloween, which felt strange. Instead, I inadvertently exercised for 3 hours. (My days were all confused after fitness classes were cancelled for 2 days during Hurricane Sandy.)
What did Mr. HalfFull do on Halloween? As a high school teacher, he was surrounded by kids and candy. He consumed sugar all day long! After the kids went home, he sat in his office writing a grad school paper and then headed directly to class. He returned home after 10 PM. Does this sound like the relaxed, healthful life of a man about to live to 100?
I’m eating well and exercising, while Mr. HalfFull is working long hours and barely has time to sleep. I don’t think my plan is going to work out at all! Perhaps I need some more risky behaviors to tip the scales back in my favor.
My parents would argue that riding a motorcycle is far too dangerous. But I generally ride with Mr. HalfFull and we are both brightly colored, me in red and him in Buddha orange. Of course, anything can happen at any time, but I think we try to be especially safety conscious on our motorcycles.
Maybe I need to take up smoking. Or perhaps I could become a potato chip aficionado. Plus, I could start daily training for pie and hot dog eating contests! (Too bad I don’t like hot dogs.)
I guess need to reassess my new healthful life…
- How many years do you want to live?
- How much Halloween candy did you consume?
- What life shortening habits should I take up?