The surprising rewards of meditating on being 95
I’ve asked 10 people to imagine being 95. Each time, child or adult, same reaction: surprised, interested, honest. They think about it seriously. Then they tell me. Now I’m asking you.
And nobody’s more surprised about this than me!
Perhaps they’ve never thought about extreme old age in quite this way before. For some it was like a tiny meditation. For others, perhaps it was a chance to say exactly what they think, and be taken seriously. Their answers go right to the heart of the matter, and they’re all different.
I learned in my 40s that every questionnaire or survey should bring value to all parties. Doing a questionnaire should be useful not only to the researcher but also to the respondents. Happily, I saw this happen in front of my eyes, ten times in a row.
So I have no qualms about asking you to ponder on these questions, and answer them. You can do this in comments or (if you’d rather keep it private) to me personally by email.
2-minute questionnaire about your own extreme old age
- The easy question: how would you describe yourself? Examples: “16-year-old high school student” or “74-year-old woman” or “41-year-old choreographer.” (I need your age: that’s crucial.)
- Imagine yourself at 95. What will your life be like?
- At 95, what will you be like?
That’s all! I can’t wait to hear from you!
What’s my purpose?
In “A Boy’s View of Old Age” I told you that I’m restructuring my play, The Secret Lives of Extremely Old People. This version may not be the final script, but I’m testing the use of “vox populi” comments: statements from numerous people about their expectations of extreme old age. No names, just your opinions and ideas.
I want answers from all age groups! So please do share this page with any older or younger friends and relatives who may find it interesting to meditate on being 95.
Bonus: you will help me to reclutter my computer
Turns out my 9-month-old MacBook Pro was faulty and needed new parts. OK, that only took two weeks. Simultaneously it turned out that an external hard drive acting as Time Machine also was faulty. Maybe a specialist data recovery firm will rescue all my data, maybe not.
However, on Elsie’s Scale of Terribleness, the event is only a 2/10. It began as an 8/10 disaster. But nobody died! And while it’s taking a long time to retrieve an app here, a doc there, an attachment here, a URL there — I’m almost enjoying this. It’s a case of involuntary decluttering. And it’s nothing to do with being 95.
Now, back to those questions, please! Help me to reclutter my computer.Follow Write Into Life