Feeling in a contemplative mood today, after reading this quote from Mary Renault;
One must live as if it would be forever, and as if one might die each moment. Always both at once.
It’s a tough ask, to live as if forever but at the same time as if it was the last moment.
The picture above is of my late grandparents’ front room – taken in June this year as I took a last look around the house before it was sold following my grandmother’s death last September. My grandparents seem to have got the balance about right, enjoying their retirement, living fairly simply but comfortably, travelling widely – to LA in the west and Thailand in the east as well as throughout Europe.
At the same time they had sufficient savings to ensure that should that ‘rainy day’ occur, they were covered.
As Vicky completes her third week at University, working hard to ensure a bright future for herself, it makes you wonder what the world will be like in 5, 10, 15 years time? Will she be able to afford to get on the housing ladder? Will job prospects be better or worse? How much smaller will the World be – this is something I’ve noticed in the past 20 years with the advent of the internet.
And thinking about the future for myself and Mrs C – I’m fully aware that I’ll need to work til I’m 70 (assuming I’m here that long) but what will the world be like with an ageing population and other demographic changes?
At the end of the day, much of what is to come will be inevitable and immutable but much is still within our sphere of influence – I guess all we can do is work to move things little by little towards a place we are happy with, but remembering at the same time that we may not be around to see the conclusion of what we have started – carpe diem.