When I was writing the 10 Principles of Personal Longevity I had a sudden realization:

What about people who don’t care about living? Why would anyone want to live a long time if they don’t have any purpose in their lives? Just existing is not a reason to live a long life.

These questions caused me to realize that one of the keys to longevity was to help people develop their own life purpose.

As I researched and read some books on the subject it also became clear that life purpose can change throughout our lives.

As a teenager my life purpose was to get my Boy Scout Eagle badge. When I was in college my purpose was to graduate. When I was middle aged my life purpose was to start my own innovative business.

It turns out that there are a variety of exercises to help us determine our life purpose and to rank different goals against each other to determine the ones which most align with our purpose.

When you develop and know your own life purpose–it may or not relate to living a long life.

When I ask my audiences the question: How long would you like to live and why? This question usually generates two types of answers:

1) Well–I’d like to live to 60-80 years because I don’t want to live after I’m not healthy anymore ( A lot of fallacies in this answer but will address this in another article)

2) I’d like to live until I accomplish my life purpose (which may be spiritually based or based on a concrete mission in life.)

So this shows that our longevity may or may not be related to living extra years.

Living a long time past our normal age spans may not be for everyone.

So what is your life purpose and how will that affect your interest in longevity?