I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard somebody say—
“If I knew I would live this long, I would have cared for myself better and saved more money.”
True or true?
Modern times are exciting, and when it comes to living a long life, people either think life is too short or long. If you do things correctly, long enough is the best answer, but 200 years ago, most folks didn’t have the luxury of thinking about things like that.
If you lived during those times, you lived at a slower and harder pace. And, since time is relative, your perception was also slower. Everything was slower. It would be like a two-week, off-the-grid vacation in a mountain cabin without your phone in modern times if you think about it. That used to be daily life.
Yes, living to the ripe old age of 40 felt like living to 100 today – if something simple didn’t take you out sooner.
When California had open land, low-priced real estate, and gold in them-there-hills, almost everybody died much younger than today, usually from an exotic disease like a toothache.
If you lived a couple of centuries ago, a simple life meant simple goals:
Buy a horse.
Buy another horse.
Build your first house on your 40-year-old Grandparents’ property.
Get your kids through 5th grade so they can graduate to help you plow the field.
And if you were a planner, plant a tree on the hill as soon as you can so that it is big enough for your kids to bury you under when a toothache takes you out.
While it’s easy to make fun of the old days, one thing rings true—
If you lived in the past, wondering what you would do next would never be an option.
Since you have that option, the question is, what are you going to do with it?