My aunt made her reputation for saving a dollar. She’d wash and reuse plastic zip-lock bags. Her favorite saying was, I might need my money when I get old. Today she is 93, and she doesn’t know who we are. She’ll never travel to foreign lands, or dine in five-star restaurants. Her life appeared happy, and who am I to say, but she could’ve LIVED more.
This morning I saw a quote and thought it ironic that I should run across it after thinking about my aunt’s birthday.
I’ve heard the expression, if you name it, you claim it, and I believe that’s why people don’t like to think about mortality. While I’d like to live until 100 (in a strong, healthy body), the possibility is tiny.
I thought about the end, but not in a morbid way, and I started thinking about you guys. If I go suddenly, who’d stop my Facebook, twitter, Instagram, Pinterest accounts? Approximately this time last year, near my birthday, I’d purchased a book from Amazon called the. “Peace of Mind Planner”. It was still on my bookshelf, untouched. I hadn’t even thumbed through it. Just set it on the bookshelf to write in later.
Anyhoo, the “Peace of Mind Planner” is a place to write and share important information about your belongings, business affairs, and wishes. The planner asks things like your post office box number. My family doesn’t even know I have a PO box. I set it up years ago when I thought I would get loads of mail as an author and blogger. Those of you who get lots of mail should list it.
The planner asks needed questions you’d never think to give answers to without prompting. It asks: email and social media, what to pay, close and cancel, what beneficiaries can expect, aside from all the “arrangements” questions.
The idea of keeping it all together in one book sounds great. I just need to stop thinking like the men in the Young quote.
My Plan for getting started is:
Writing about it, here
Implanting the logic of it in my psyche
Scheduling a day and time to begin
Filling a manila envelope with important references
Doing the work
I’m also including the cover of another book I’ve referenced over the years, How to Live to 100. Aside from tips and suggestions, it contains a lot of anecdotal info that science would say can’t be proven, but their strategies worked for them.
If there are errors please forgive me. I’m off to my 2nd birthday party. ‘ll revisit this topic from time to time to share my progress and my improved peace of mind.
Have a Happy Friday, January 13.