67 ways to outlive 106 billion people

Unless there is some remarkable advance in medical technology between now and the year 2092, I will not live to see 2093. The oldest known human, Jeanne Calment, died at the age of 122 in 1997. So unless I outlive the longest-lived human, I am doomed. Keep in mind, for me to outlive her would mean that my lifespan would exceed that of the preceding 106+ billion people who have lived on the planet. I don’t like those odds. However, I plan to do my best to beat them.

That’s why, like Khrushchev, I will bury you. I won’t be happy, of course, I’ll feel terrible. But it wasn’t anything I did. In fact, it was a lot of things I didn’t do that made the difference between us. Some of them I had already started to do in 2007. Some of them were things I picked up doing later in my life. Sure, I should have done them sooner, but at least I started doing them eventually. Some of these were things I never did in the first place, which helped me even more. I actually hoped that you would start doing them too. So why will I bury you? Simple… because I:

  • always, always, always wear a seatbelt.
  • don’t eat meat except on rare occasions.
  • always stay positive.
  • am the master of my thoughts. I control them; they never control me.
    never skip breakfast.
  • eat organic foods when available, natural when they aren’t and never touch any sort of artificially created foodstuffs.
  • never add salt to my food.
  • make at least 50% of my diet raw vegetables and fruits.
  • steer clear of drugs.
  • don’t smoke.
  • don’t keep a gun in the house.
  • run at least 3 times a week at a reasonable pace.
  • do moderate weight training.
  • have a positive outlook on life.
  • do not work in a job that I hate. In fact, I love my job.
  • am no longer afraid of money and give it no power over me.
  • made a decision to be free of money, have that goal written down and carry it with me everywhere.
  • treasure my time with my family.
  • take care of my health by making regular visits to the doctor.
  • floss.
  • drink alcohol in moderation.
  • never drink and drive.
  • understand that the root of all suffering was craving.
  • no longer subscribe to militant atheism but instead allowed myself to believe in a gentler agnosticism, and most importantly not to obsess on a battle that’s really not relevant to my life.
  • play with my kids.
  • love my wife without reserve.
  • maintained strong relationships with my extended family.
  • give back to my community.
  • never dwell on the past.
  • never dream too much of the future.
  • stay fully engaged in the present.
  • am grateful
  • do not watch TV.
  • no longer have violent entertainment in my life.
  • never read the news.
  • eliminate toxic materials from my household.
  • never stop learning new things.
  • meditate daily.
  • smile and laugh.
  • spend time outdoors.
  • surround myself with positive people.
  • enjoy reading.
  • dress for comfort.
  • keep a clear and simple todo list.
  • live up to my promises.
  • forget slights against me.
  • remember dates that are important to others.
  • take my vitamins.
  • get plenty of sun.
  • breathe deeply at least once per day.
  • quit drinking caffeine.
  • never drink soda.
  • celebrate holidays with enthusiasm.
  • wake up early.
  • sleep just enough to feel rested.
  • relax.
  • never overeat, but also never skip meals.
  • steer clear of gossip.
  • give to charity.
  • do good deeds.
  • am kind to the elderly.
  • never compromise on my morals.
  • live an ethical life in terms of how I treat my environment and other living things.
  • focus on the distance.
  • travel.
  • don’t waste time on regret.
  • remember that after 2093, I will only exist in memories. The memory of my children will be my immortality.
  • never forget that this is not a trial life, or a starter life, or a dress rehearsal.