Meet Emma Morano.
Emma lived in Italy and just died at the age of 117 — the last person verified to have been born in the 1800’s.
I saw the headline about her and wanted to learn a little more. Aren’t we always curious about HOW someone like this lives so long?
Well, here’s what she attributed her longevity to (according to Wikipedia): “In 2013, when asked about the secret of her longevity, she said that she had never used drugs, ate three eggs a day, drank a glass of homemade brandy, and enjoyed a chocolate sometimes, but, above all, she thought positively about the future. She was still living alone in her home on her 115th birthday. In 2016 she credited her long life to her diet of raw eggs and staying single.”
I once read that men who have married live longer; women who are single live longer. I don’t know if that still holds true today with more and more women in the workforce, but it does give one something to think about. (I’m grinning from ear to ear as I write this.)
I actually love being married, but it took me until I was 42, and a couple of prior tries, to find the right guy to be married to. But, seriously, I think chocolate is the real reason she lived so long.
But I digress. My true point in writing today is to talk to you about what you’d do if you were to live past age 100. Emma retired at age 75 which means she was retired for 42 years, and she lived in her own home until she was 115.
I, for one, have always thought I’d live to at least age 100. I hope I do. In many ways, except for my great childhood, life truly didn’t begin until I was 40 so I still have a lot of things I want to accomplish and experience yet.
This is why I have no plans to retire. When you love the work you do you can’t even imagine not doing it.
What about you?
Are you prepared financially to live longer than you might have imagined?
Are you prepared emotionally, by having meaningful work and play in your life?
Are you prepared physically? I know I have some work to do in this area. I was sick for about six weeks earlier this year and did a lot of couch sitting. I can see how that affected my body and have begun doing something about that. It doesn’t take long for a muscle to turn to mush. Staying strong as we age is really important.
But the area I spend most of my time in is the financial area. Whether we like it or not money is an important part of our lives. At least in this society, it’s hard to live without it. But there’s both an art and science to planning financially. You don’t want to save everything you earn for tomorrow, nor do you want to spend too much now and have nothing should you live longer than you planned.
This is where financial life planning can create miracles.
Many of us put our head in the sand when it comes to money. Even after 30+ years in the industry it still amazes me that few people even want to talk to a financial planner. I get it. Some are afraid they will be judged (good planners never do that), some hate to admit to themselves that they are not prepared (yet many are surprised to learn they are doing far better than they realize), and some just don’t want to talk about money at all. Even very accomplished individuals feel stupid when it comes to their money. I see that all the time.
But you have to remember — almost none of us received any education around money, yet money touches our lives each and every day.
Imagine having your own personal CFO (Chief Financial Officer) that can help you make great decisions around money, wants your success as much as you do, and only wants to help you, not judge or make you feel inferior.
Money stuff runs deep in us, but having a great financial planner in your corner that can help you undo beliefs around money that no longer serve you, or even uncover unconscious things that are getting in your way, is worth their weight in gold.
I don’t know too many professionals that get thank you notes from their clients, but I do. And my colleagues around the country who provide great financial life planning do too.
So if you’re ready to explore how your money can better serve you, let me know. If you want to work with someone local, I’ll be glad to give you a referral to someone I trust.
And I’m here if you would like to work together long distance using technology: face-to-face meetings by Skype, Facetime or something similar, along with phone calls, email, or texts, or all of the above. You never have to leave your own home to meet with me. And don’t think financial life planning is only for those who have money. That’s not true. Everyone can benefit from talking with a great financial life planner. Everyone! It’s never too early or too late to get started.
Whether you are planning on quitting your job, starting a business, retiring early, moving across the country (or the globe, for that matter), wondering if your investments are doing as well as they can, thinking about investing in real estate, paying off your home, buying or leasing a car, or how to pay off debt, a financial life planner can really help. Almost all offer a free consultation so what have you got to lose?
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