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Futures of ageing

More courage to make mistakes

“Life is too short to be perfect and I was always perfect when I dared. But it is important not to hurt anyone and to be appreciative of your surroundings.”

#Serenity
#Family
#Experiences

We asked, you answered.

How would you describe yourself?

33, self-employed, Berliner by choice, in a partnership, queer

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

With good friends nearby and in my own flat in Berlin with a shared holiday home

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

My partner, my children and my circle of friends – holidays together, my neighbourhood, drinks on weekends, cooking together and short holidays in Brandenburg

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

I am quite monogamous in that respect. But I don’t exclude a few affairs, as long as it is accepted by both sides

How do you manage to stay mentally and physically fit?

Eating healthy and exercising regularly – not overdoing it but enjoying the exercise will hopefully never go away – surfing, hiking or snowboarding holidays

How do you afford everyday life in the future?

I am planning to buy a flat and hope that my private pension will be sufficient for a relaxed everyday life without too many worries – of course my inheritance will help

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

I volunteer, either in my neighbourhood or in my village, and help young parents and other people that need support

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?

Have the courage to make mistakes. Life is too short to be perfect and I was always perfect when I dared. But it is important not to hurt anyone and to be appreciative of your surroundings. Everyone does their best, think about which battles are worth fighting.

– Original version: German –

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