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Futures of ageing

Happy in love and energetic in life

By 24. February 2022No Comments

I will live, “if possible, also with friends in some kind of a mini nursing home with health care staff paid by all of us. We live together, independently and without bothering anyone.”

#Knowledge
#Fear
#Fragility

We asked, you answered.

How would you describe yourself?

29, white, heterosexual, intersectional feminist, I run a small business

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

With my current partner if he is still alive and, if possible, also with friends in some kind of a mini nursing home with health care staff paid by all of us. We live together, independently and without bothering anyone.

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

If I had children, they would certainly be very important for me, just as my current friends, whom I would like to continue seeing for dinner or drinks. My partner shall also be a very important person for me, and I would love to continue being intimate with him.

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

I would still have sex with my partner. By then we will know each other even better than we do now and we will probably have better sex.

How do you manage to stay mentally and physically fit?

By eating well and, if I need to, by visiting a psychologist.

How do you afford everyday life in the future?

I hope that my business will continue doing well. In the meantime I will be saving every year.

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

My work, my potential children, my friends, my partner.

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?

I was very lucky. I already come from a privileged position and we have to be aware of this. Meritocracy does not exist. Additionally, I was lucky to surround myself with people who love me, both as friends, as well as on a sentimental and family level. In the end, life is a collection of moments and memories, so it is very important to know who the people are that are truly worthwhile. I don’t think it’s smart to move away from these people because of ideological disagreements, for example, or because of things that we can’t change. Having said that, I also think it is very important to fight for the causes we consider fair, not to give up on the slightest obstacle, to speak out and, above all, to always think critically.

– Original version: Spanish –

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