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What do you know now at age 65 that you did not know at age 20

What do you know now at age 65 that you did not know at age 20



My top 8.


And I’m north of the 10th anniversary of my 50th birthday.




Moments. When you’re 20 you think you have forever so you waste moments. Then life blows by. Now I treasure every moment. Squeeze out all the joy of each.


Health. When you’re 20 you figure you’ll always have good health. No need to pursue it. Then you hit 50 and wonder, “What the hell?” Pursue it when you’re young. Enjoy it when you’re older.

Money. When you’re 20 you figure you’ve got time to start saving and investing later. Then at 65 you realize you’re screwed. Start at 20 and enjoy 65 a lot more.

Happiness. When you’re 20 you worry about everything. Even fictional things. I figured out most never occurred and the rest I could fix. So now, why worry? Just enjoy.

Sex. When you’re 20 it’s hard to think about anything else. And you worry it’ll end. It doesn’t. It gets better. Something about practice makes perfect. Just keep practicing.


Family. When you’re 20 it’s easy to put off your family in pursuit of your dream. Then you achieve your dream and you’ve lost your family. Reverse that. You’ll be glad.


Love. When you’re 20 you flit from relationship to relationship. Fall in and out of love. Now married for a few decades I can tell you love keeps getting better. Just keep lighting the fire.


Spirituality. When you’re 20 you think you’ve got all the answers of the universe. But as you lose loved ones and think about your destiny you hope there’s more. Find out. It’ll bring you peace.




And no, I have no desire to be 20 again. Thanks for the thought though.


Life is meant to grow better and will as you focus on the important more than the expedient.


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