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Ariston P. Awitan, Jr. offers a book about learning to stay healthy, where he discusses the importance of longevity and how it is a sign of a good life.
When compared to a lot of creatures, the human lifespan seems remarkably long, yet at the same time, it often feels tragic and fleeting. We spend several decades just trying to learn and grow, experiencing all that we can, only to face the inevitable curtain call. There are plenty of stories out there of people dying and regretting that they’ve only done so much in their whole lives. Yet, that is merely a matter of perspective. Within our lifespan is a vast potential for being. And the longer we live, the more opportunities to showcase that potential. And the more opportunities, the brighter life becomes.
Living a good and long life isn’t simply about racking up years on a calendar. Life is about accumulating experiences, witnessing change, and evolving as a person. It’s about the quiet wisdom that comes with weathering through trials and celebrations and celebrating triumphs. It’s about the connections you make with others, the memories you gather, and the legacy you leave behind.
Living a Good and Long Life
Life is a journey of self-discovery. Every year uncovers new aspects of your personality, new strengths, and weaknesses you didn’t know you possessed. With each challenge overcome, each heartbreak endured, and each joy embraced, you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you.
You witness the ebb and flow of history, the evolution of societal norms, and the resilience of the human spirit.
Human connection is the bedrock of our existence. Long life allows you to nurture and deepen these connections, weaving a tapestry of relationships that become your anchor in times of turmoil.
You witness love, loss, and the enduring strength of family bonds. You have the privilege of watching your children grow, celebrating their achievements, and offering guidance through their own journeys. We build friendships that weather years and miles, sharing laughter, tears, and a lifetime of memories.
These connections become your support system, your source of joy, and a testament to the power of human love. Living a good and long life is something we should all aspire to.
Talking About Longevity
Our time on Earth is finite, but the impact we leave can reach through generations. A long life gives you the opportunity to contribute to the world in meaningful ways.
Each positive action, each small ripple of change, becomes a thread in the fabric of your legacy.
You may not see the full impact of your contributions in your lifetime, but through your actions, you shape the world for those who come after you.
Life is limited, but its wonders are never-ending. A long life provides ample opportunity to indulge in it. No matter your age, there’s always something new to learn, a skill to master, or a perspective to explore. Long life allows you to break free from the constraints of convention and embrace new challenges. You can learn a new language, pursue a forgotten passion, or delve into the depths of a subject that sparks your interest. This continuous learning keeps your mind sharp, your heart open, and your spirit young.
There will be times of great joy and profound sorrow, moments of triumph and crushing defeat. A long life allows you to navigate these ups and downs with grace and resilience. You discover that meaning can be found even in the darkest corners and that purpose can be redefined at any stage. You learn to appreciate the simple joys, to savor the quiet moments, and to find strength in the face of adversity.
Ariston P. Awitan, Jr’s book Learning to Stay Healthy is an in-depth guide on how to focus on living a good and long life from the perspective of a man who’s been through a lot. This book and others are available in all major online bookstores.