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How Long Can Humans Live?

“Begin at once, to live” – SENECA

Most people will have wondered at some point about how long they are going to live. We (Homo sapiens - Humans - Human beings) are all born with the potential to live for 120 years. (Frightening maybe – but true!)

It has not always been so, but with advances in science and technology the biological clock for human beings has been given the potential to tick away for the said 120 years. That’s well over one million hours of life potential! Problem being, that there are then many things on the way through our lives which determine just how long we actually ‘will’ live.

 Some things that determine just how long we actually will live, we have no control over. There are also many factors (choices) in life over which we have full control, but choose to ignore or neglect. In so doing, we confine ourselves to a premature death – or ‘a shortened life’ - which is well short of the 120 years potential for humans.

Given that the life-span of the average male is now more than 75 years, and that of a woman is 80 plus*, you may ask yourself “What goes wrong?” That question almost suggests that the things that ‘go wrong’ are totally outside our control.  So just where do the ‘lost’ 45 years of human life disappear to?

Can Humans really 'decide to live longer lives?

Firstly, realise that there is a big difference between ‘Life potential’ and that of ‘Life expectancy’! Very few humans ever reach their full ‘potential’ at anything in life, and it is largely because of choices that we make. There are also circumstances beyond our control which have a say in the matter. So it is with ‘potential’ to live for 120 years. ‘Things’ get in the way of our long life potential which are sometimes ‘beyond our control’, and these will include the life-shortening causes for human beings such as....

Sadly, our foreshortened longer life expectancy is largely as a result of our own actions - by way of the lifestyle we choose to adopt, and by the stupid health risks we take by way of poor diet and sedentary way of life – both in attitude and application. In short, we are robbing ourselves of the opportunity to live to the not so ripe age of 100 and more.

That’s fine by many, for they see old age as being synonymous with fragility and general demise of both mind and spirit. Look around you and see how many of your friends and family are already at that stage – but at the age of 50, 60 or 70!  You should also take off your blinkers and notice that there are a few – not many alas – who are well past the age of 70, but who live a long, full and healthful life, and will often be able to give ‘youngsters’ a run for their money – both physically and mentally!

It is possible for humans to live a long life which is rich in all things, independent as needs be, and rich in fulfilment. Take away the outside influences, such as in the ‘other matters’ above and there is no reason why life should not be long, healthful and meaningful for the vast majority of people.

For it to be so, you will need to start taking responsibility for your own welfare now. Today! It is rarely too late to do so, and it is NEVER too early to do so.

We have the potential for this longer life, but as with many things in life, few ever reach their full long life potential. Reason being, that ‘you’ normally have to do something to reach this potential which is there for most of us. Life is too great a gift for us to have the right to neglect it. Live it; live your life long; nurture it. Above all ENJOY IT!

Of course, you will give the politicians much to worry about by living to or near your long life potential. All the more reason for doing so!

*(These estimations are for figures at end of year 2005). So – on that basis – there is an average life expectance across the sexes of just over 77 years. Updating those statistics to the end of 2007, we find that the average life expectancy (at birth) has risen to slightly less than 80 years.)

All of that suggests a good improvement; especially when compared to the year 1900, when the average life expectancy was a mere 50 years! Humans have been given a long life to live. Learn how to use, and not neglect that gift.

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