I went to the pool today. It’s been warm here, even by Florida standards.
I was struck by the number of people I didn’t know. I am not an outgoing kind of person and I don’t really take part in the events on offer at the park’s club house so that maybe wasn’t quite so unusual. But I also noticed that the assembled pool goers were considerably younger than when we first bought a place in this 55+ community five years ago.
There has been a lot of turn-over, a lot of new homes being brought in and landscaped seemingly overnight. As older people have moved on, younger, newly retired people have moved in. I would guess that is the way of 55+ communities.
That got me thinking about life and death. There were people here who were older but still vital . . . until suddenly they were not. There were people here who were older but plagued by illness or memory loss. Some have died and some are in long-term or end of life care. There were people here who died too young, too soon. I count my husband in that number.
I would like to have a long life. I have already lived nearly 70 years, but that is not enough. But I also want to have a good quality of life.
I found this article about 25 habits for improving the quality of life. I think it’s a good list. I do many of them and there are a few I could work on. Happiness, health and vitality — I pat myself on the back. Leisure habits — maybe 50/50. Income habits — not so much.
Well, it’s a good thing to keep pushing myself. And nobody’s perfect.