Enjoy Yourself (It’s later than you think)

The other night we went to a wedding and met up with some of my wife’s old school friends that we haven’t seen for quite some time. There was lots of reminiscing as well as some sad news. It seems that a few of their public and high school chums, or their spouses, have recently passed away. They were all about our age (late 50s to early 60s) and they died from a variety of causes.

This news gave us pause to consider our fortunate good-health and the fact that we really haven’t been to too many funerals lately. It also reminded me of the song Enjoy Yourself. This little ditty was recorded by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians when I was just 4 years old. Of course I heard it many times as Mom and Dad liked Guy Lombardo and had a number of his albums. And almost 60 years later, the message is still as relevant as it was then, even if the sexism isn’t.

You have to live for today, but you can’t ignore your future. And preparing for your future comes in three parts: Financial, Physical and Emotional as I’ve discussed in my book and on this blog.

The moral of this posting is that you better Enjoy Yourself right now because it really is later than you think. Do you doubt it? Try this little experiment. Now I know this may sound a bit grim or morbid, but read the obituaries in your local paper for a week making note of everyone listed who is your age or younger than you. After a week of this, do you still doubt?

But let me stress that while enjoying yourself today, you still need to plan for tomorrow because I hope you are one of the lucky ones who gets to attend many, many funerals, if you catch my drift.