Since then I have lost some very significant people in my life, and too many of these are in my peer group (you sort of expect to lose grandparents and older relatives and friends) and all went suddenly through accident or illness. This has made me realise that although I need to make some long term plans for the future, I don’t want (or need) to work myself into the ground and to save for that rainy day; I want to have fun. I want to enjoy my youth, my good health and good friends and to spend that rainy day splashing in puddles no matter how much money I have in the bank.
Instead of paying into pension plans, I am spending money on the here and now, on good times and things that enrich my life. Instead of fretting over getting promoted at work and giving my all to my job I am seeing work for what it is; a means to and end. Will it matter when I am 60 that I can look back on a successful and illustrious career? Or will I want to look back on all the amazing times and experiences that I had? Definitely the latter, I think.
My message to anyone reading this is that life is indeed short so live it to the full. Wear your Lifesshort t-shirt with pride and spread the message.
Betty Bopp, Lifesshorter