A question that was posited in class today:
How would you feel if your aging process could be reversed? What might happen to society if more people could achieve the maximum life span of 115 to 120? Would you want to live that long? If you could reverse only one part of aging, what part would you choose?
You know, I used to think I would not want to live forever, not even in an afterlife situation or what some perceive as a heaven. But, the older I get the more I change my mind on this. I think my change of heart comes from the connections I’ve made in middle age, and all the growing and learning I’ve done. I’ve deepened my relationships, especially with my now grown children. My conversations with my children are so very vibrant, and I’ve known them all my life. Imagine all the people one could meet, and the connections that could be made in a longer lifetime or a forever… that’s my heaven.
As an aside, reducing caloric intake at birth and maintaining this throughout the lifespan is proven to increase the life span by up to 50 percent. If started in middle age, it can increase it by 10-20 percent!