At what age does life become easy
If you could choose what life should be like in old age, you would of course want a scenario like in the songs of Udo Jürgens or in these commercials for building society contracts: You run fit and vital through the garden, constantly surrounded by grandchildren and cakes and brilliant white laundry. You have acquired a fancy means of transport, either a sailboat, a convertible or a Harley. You go dancing, put on your lips barbie pink and are always wrapped in a spectacular shine because you always wear all your jewelry at the same time. The idea of reduced elegance has long been left behind, one no longer cares about conventions, there are no limits and no worries, especially no financial ones. You savor life to the full, carefree and happy. Wouldn't that be great?
In reality, however, the thought of old age scares most people. They fear that not only will they not be able to buy Harleys and convertibles later - they fear that they will not be able to maintain their standard of living. This fear is the driving force behind all attempts to make provisions for old age.
To put it clearly, this is absolutely understandable. But if you are thinking about preventive care, it may also make sense to first ask a few more fundamental questions: What actually defines quality of life? Or, a little more clearly, what do we actually need?
Trend towards less
In recent years this question has become fashionable, and a common answer to it is reduction and simplification. Minimalism has become a big issue, especially among younger people. The trend towards less can be seen in all forms and dimensions: There are beauty bloggers who call themselves minimalist when they only keep three of 30 identical red lipsticks. And there are people who have limited all their possessions to 100 items. There are people who practice abstaining from consumption and others who try to cook their food only in one pot because they don't want to have a second one anymore, something that can be found original or crazy.
A lot has to do with digital progress. The internet has made it possible to share things in ways never seen before. This is why many young people no longer want to own their own car and prefer to use car sharing services. That is why it has become easy to simply borrow rarely used items, from camping stoves to sewing machines, instead of filling up your own basement with them.
It is interesting that many people apparently find the reduction of their possessions and their consumption habits a relief. The freedom from too much stuff. If you try to get a clear picture of what you really need, the result will, of course, be different for each person. (Cooking with a single pot is probably only an interesting option for a minority.) Becoming aware of what you don't really need can affect possessions, as can consumption habits, rituals, and possibly relationships with certain people.
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