We generally think of midlife as being somewhere between 45 to 65. However, as everything is relative, the concept of midlife could depend on where you live. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the average life span of women today is somewhere between 80 and 95. A woman in Canada might live to 84, while in the UK the average life expectancy is 82. Women also live an average of 4 years longer than men, although depending on the country that spread could literally be ten years. So I am 55 and currently live in the UK. According to the WHO stats about my life expectancy, I have another 27 years to live. Break it down more and this means I have 1, 404 weeks left!! But if I move back to Canada I can add another 104 weeks to my life!
Sure those are only averages and there are other factors that will determine how long you live. I also took an online lifespan expectancy test that gave me a life span of 90 years. But the thing is, breaking your life down into weeks makes it a lot more real. When I think that events that happened 25 years ago seems like only yesterday, the idea that I might only have that much time left on this earth is shocking.
So I don’t have that 24-year old body anymore, but it is still relatively strong and healthy, and I am still here in my fifties. Quite a bonus I’d say when once the thought of turning 30 seemed like old age. And grateful considering that a woman born in Sierre Leone is expected to have an average life span of only 47. So with 1, 404 weeks to live, I am reminded to enjoy my remaining weeks and and inspired to leaving some kind of breadcrumb that makes this world just a little better.