On Living to be 100


A few weeks ago, a friend and I exchanged thoughts about living to be 100, and this was my reply: “Nah. I really don’t want to live that long. Not even if I’m healthy. I’m curious about what’s on the other side. If there’s nothing, then at least I won’t be disappointed. ” 

And my friend replied: “Consciousness is probably overrated. “

For Christians and other believers of an afterlife, death is not scary as it means reunion with the Creator. It means eternal life of happiness. (I came across this post about death a few weeks ago, and the writer beautifully expresses, not exactly the same but similar, thoughts that I have about life and death.)

I have no idea how many there are like me , but I am one of those who are more curious about what’s on the other side, rather than prolonging our earthly life. I am not saying though that I would willingly abandon my responsibilities as a mother, daughter, wife, sister, aunt. My point is, I simply prefer not to live too long.

However, I have thought about the possibility of living a longer life. I once met an 86-year old medical doctor, who was quite spry — travellling back and forth from the US to Asia, attending medical conferences, seeing patients, doing Zumba. She’s enjoying her life at 86. Would I want to be able to do that at 86?

With discoveries and inventions in the fields of science and technology, people are living longer and healthier lives.  Not only that, it probably won’t be long before immortality ceases to be mere imagination and becomes reality with the ability of human beings to create cyborgs.

If I could stay fit till I’m 100, perhaps I would be able to do all the things I would like to do but in which at the moment I am unable to indulge. I have talked about this with a friend. We both could not understand how people could be at a loss as to what to do when there’s so many interesting things to do when you have the time and health to do them

I’m not sporty nor sociable, so I do not need to be with so many people all the time. If I could live to be 100, I would spend my time reading all the books I’ve been meaning to read. I would take photographs of beautiful flowers and landscapes, learn more about the human brain, study astronomy, volunteer to help children with special needs and starving children, go.out for morning walks, watch the sunset, and write down my thoughts about all these things.

So does this mean I want to live to be 100?

No. Not at this time when humanity’s mortality is still very real, when one can still witness the human body aging, when you can still hear people groaning in pain and watch them suffer emotionally , as they struggle to remember dates and names of people they used to love so passionately,  and suffer physically as they can no longer move what used to be nimble limbs that made them jump, run, throw or catch or hit a ball.

Having a body that slowly stops functioning one part at a time is torture. Seeing it happen to others is a scary enough reminder that it can happen to you too.

So, no. I do not want to live to be 100. “Consciousness is overrated.”

How about you?

8 thoughts on “On Living to be 100

  1. My grandmother lived to be a little over 100 years old…she had a sharp mind up until the end and was physically able to get around very well and live independent with her meals delivered and a house keeper until also the last few months of her life. The lesson I learned from her is that one’s attitude seems to be the key.

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  2. I don’t care what’s on the other side, I’m just sick of what’s on this side of reality. But if I can stay fit, handsome, virile and potent, not too saggy cash cow and absent ‘old man smell’ then maybe I’ll take a stab beyond 62, because after that you’re trapped in a cage of decay watching your world vanish. Worth a shot?

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      • It’s still not reassuring because an aged body is not a choice; I found another grey/gray hair this morning (it’s gone now) – that train is never late, but I truly hope the train is loaded with revellers. I think it’s not about aged, it’s about the age, the decade. The coming 20’s will be swinging for us (we’ll be in our 50s), so we have to do at least that much, after which we can review our options anew! Keep your party dress ready.

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  3. The life verse that I chose for myself is Philippians 1:21 which says, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (ESV). It serves as a daily reminder that if God takes me home today, I will consider it great gain on my part. But if God keeps me another day longer in this world, I will use the time to live for Christ and serve Him.

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