As we age, and most people retire, many people tell me that they have nothing to do, they’re bored, and they have no clue how to spend the day. And then I meet others who are so busy, they’re busier retired than they ever were when they were working.
One such a person is my dad. When I told my friends about my father, one of my friends said to me, “You’re dad’s the only guy I know, the only 90-year-old I know, with a Ten-Year Plan.” A 90-year-old with a Ten-Year Plan. That was my dad. At 90 years old, he had mapped out the next decade of things he wanted to do. He was an organic gardener, but he wanted to specialize now in special herbs that were identified by new science to have special effects on the brain, the kidney, and the liver. Because at 90, those are the parts of his body that were starting to go, and he wanted special herbs to target those areas.
He learned about the power of natural healing medicines, and the power of vinegar. So here is at 90 learning new ideas.
He also learned about things he could do in the gym that were targeting his age, certain stretches, and certain activities that would improve his balance, so he wouldn’t fall. As older people get older, they fall. He never fell because he would work on certain exercises to improve those muscle groups.
And it reminds me once when I was working in a yacht I interviewed a woman who was 99, and I asked her what her secret to life was, and she said every year she learned to do something new. One year she learned to speak a new language. The next year she would learn a new activity.
The key was new knowledge, which my dad called the Ten-Year Plan.