Chapter 11

How Will I Know When I’m Done?


There is a very simple and easy test for this. If you are dead, you’re done. If you are still alive and managing your affairs and life (even with a bit of assistance), you aren’t done. Just check your pulse, respiration, and who is primarily responsible for your life. That will tell you whether you’re done.

Of course, this will require letting go of the illusion that there is such a place as a permanent and irrefutable life destination at which to arrive.


I also think the decisions and efforts we make in the period between age 50 and elderly dramatically affect the quality of our lives not only during that period but during the elderly period also. A great 60-year-old ...

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