S4-EP6: Debbie & Sam on Entering the Land of the Old: Plans & Challenges For Their Eighth Decade

Dec 11, 2021


Debbie invites her husband Sam back on the show on her 70th birthday.



Yup, Debbie’s 70th birthday finally arrived.

She chewed this milestone over for months, knowing that turning 70 means entering the land of the old.

Time is running out so fast. How many more good years does she have left before entering the land of the old, old? On average, at 70, one has 10 to 15 good years of active living left. A sobering thought.

She invited her husband Sam back on the show to talk about this milestone birthday (or so it seems to her), their bucket lists for their eighth decade, and more. She and Sam both turned 70 this year. They share some of their projects for the coming decade, from getting a puppy (Debbie’s idea, so far not shared by Sam), to traveling again (definitely!), to how they plan to deal with their own old, old age

They also discuss the idea of being challenged, setting goals, and the difference between challenges and accomplishments.


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