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Giving back to the community

By 13. January 2022Futures of ageing

What’s important to me: “Choosing well who to surround myself with personally and doing intense personal work to change the values and priorities that the system instils in us”.

#Peace of mind

We asked, you answered.

How would you describe yourself?

26, Spanish, working class, white, queer, futures and speculative designer and creative director at @sharpandsour

Imagine you are 72, 80 or even 99 years old: How and with whom do you live together?

Alone or as a couple/family, with animals, in a small house with a garden or in a flat in a housing cooperative with a terrace and vegetable garden for the elderly where I can read, write, draw, think… with the peace of mind of not having to worry about money (because I have plenty? because it doesn’t exist? because basic needs / pensions are covered?) and dedicating my time to contributing to the community with what I do best.

Who are the most important people in your life and how do you spend time with them?

My cat and/or dog and my partner, with whom I live. My neighbours, with whom I practically live and share common areas, vegetable garden, laundry, etc. Also with my friends and family, whom I see often and with whom I make cultural plans or things in nature, trips etc. Perhaps also with my children and grandchildren.

What is your sex and love life like in the future?

With much more love and affection than actual sex (something I have never needed that much), enjoying intimacy not only in bed but in sharing life, in living experiences…

How do you manage to stay mentally and physically fit?

I keep myself active on a daily basis, walking, seeking out nature, doing yoga, reading and staying mentally active, taking care of my health through nutrition and monitoring my health through technology. Of course (and mainly) by going to my local medical centre where a public health professional, who knows me and whom I also know, takes care of me and recommends treatments, not only to cure illnesses but also to prevent them or to improve my general health.

How do you afford everyday life in the future?

Although I continue working from time to time, or by own initiative, my universal basic income allowance is enough for me to survive perfectly well.

In the future, what do you get up for in the morning?

Life and the daily opportunity to do whatever I want. In general, I spend my free time learning and teaching, collaborating in local initiatives and giving back to the community in different projects related to mitigate the consequences of the climate crisis, helping climate refugees, neighbourhood initiatives, urban gardens…

If you had to tell a young friend about all the things you’ve done right while ageing and would thus recommend to them… What would they be?

Dedicating my life to improving society, doing my bit for the causes that bring me motivation and that truly matter to me, both in my personal life and through my work, weaving networks and collaborating with people who share them and who have a lot to contribute. Choosing well who to surround myself with personally and doing intense personal work to change the values and priorities that the system instils in us for others that, in addition to being better for the planet and life, surprisingly make it easier for you to be happy.

– Original version: Spanish –

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