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I Have At Most 32 Years To Live

Updated: Sep 7, 2022

By Denis Boucher, Ph.D.

Unfortunately, we are all sentenced to death. In general, a body expires after 90 years. So, as I write, I have no more than 32 years to live.

I did this calculation for the first time in 2021, which led to a fascinating question: "Denis, what do you want to do with the rest of your life?" This same question has become even more prominent in my mind since my father's death in February 2022.

At first, I could only come up with vague answers that I could hardly act on. This question also implies a danger for me.

If what I want to do with the rest of my life involves significant changes, and I don't ask myself what I like about my life, I risk losing what I love about my current life with these changes. This would then hurt me.

So, I took a detour to find out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I asked myself two more questions:
1. What do I no longer want in my current life?
2. What do I need to maintain from my current life?

To question one came the following answers: working long hours, stress, and the quest for performance.
What I have done I have changed the way my business operates and limited the number of clients. As a result, I have more time for myself and finally feel like time has slowed down. As a result, I have more time to do what I love and less time to worry about unimportant things.

I also take time to do things I am passionate about. I love to write. So I've taken up writing novels and how-to guides. My fourth novel has just been published (in French and soon in English).

The answer to question two was: stay lean and keep exercising regularly. That's not too complicated. For me, it's a lifestyle that's been integrated for decades. I just need to focus on the long term. I use up-to-date training strategies, don't exhaust myself, and thus maintain an excellent fitness level.

Moreover, I know very well that the last seven years of my life will be the most critical if I don't take care of my health. Therefore, since I want to live independently and in the best shape possible, I invest time caring for my physical condition.

This is all from my point of view. This is how I analyze what's important to me. For you, this kind of thinking may not matter. However, all of us will have to deal with an aging body.

Looking back, I don't want to think: "I should have done what I loved and taken care of my health." Instead, I want to do whatever it takes to die without regret.

The inevitable question now: "What will you do with the rest of your life?"
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