I made a post on Facebook this past week about “middle age”. What’s middle age? Did you say 50? That’s what I always thought. But, what are the odds you are going to live to a 100.
Not to be morbid but you only have a 50/50 chance that you will even live to 76. That makes middle age 38 years old.
What does middle age mean? Whatever it means, it looks like we were wrong on the start date 🙂
What this also means to me is a big adjustment in how I look at things. Instead of teaching our youth that they should plan on working 40+ years before retiring I think we should be teaching them to plan on working hard for 20+ years and then to start enjoying life.
I wonder how different I might have done things if it had been ingrained in me that I had 20 years to get ready for retirement versus 40 years? What do you think you would have done differently?
Going down this path of re-examining so much of what I just accepted as normal over the years I now question the whole 8 hour work day and 40 hour work week as well. I’m laughing right now just thinking of how many times I just thought people questioning this were just being lazy but here I am.
Have you ever seen the studies that show that the average person produces less than 4 hours of actual work during an 8 hour day? It’s true. It doesn’t mean people are lazy, it just means that between bathroom breaks, eating, phone calls, distractions, etc. not as much time is spent on the specific task assigned as people think. This makes me think, what if I had a business and hired and told people that they only had to work for four hours a day but during those four hours they could not take any kind of break, couldn’t bring their phones into work, couldn’t check anything personal on the computer, etc. They had to just work. What do you think?
I’m starting to believe that this model would actually be more productive and people would then have more free time. I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts.
All in all, I just want to see more people enjoying more peaceful, quality time in their lives. Right now, I just people being way too stressed out and continuously just repeating the same things.
Have a fantastic week