I really want to figure out how to get an image in my entries. I also have a small book to read on using WordPress and am planning to make this site mine, using my own design. I found a set of basic templates in HTML5 and CSS3 from Zeldman that will get me started. I just need a block of time to fiddle with things.
During morning prayers, I started thinking about my expected lifetime. That lead me to the Social Security Administration’s actuarial tables. According to these data, I have an expected lifetime of about 22 years. That’s long enough to accomplish some things, should I decide to press on.
The expectation is that a man my age will live to be about 82-years old. That’s a lot older than my father and both of my grandfathers. Yet I don’t share many of their life decisions that probably shortened their lives. What it means (at least to me) is that I have time to become skilled at something, should I choose to do something different than I am now. It also has financial implications because I need to plan ahead to provide for myself.
Of course, my assumption is that I’ll remain healthy for that time. That’s something I can work on so that I minimize the risks of major disease. I can’t eliminate them, but I can minimize the risk.
That leads to the second part of my prayers — what should I be working toward? Where should that be? What do I want?
I wish God would lean down and whisper in my ear the answers to my questions. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work this way. I suppose if it did, I’d be as crazy as the Irishman who was close to William Wallace (in Braveheart) who claimed that God spoke to him. That’s probably not a good place to be.
Still, I wish God would just tell me the plan instead of me having to work it out. I’m lazy that way.