I’m not sure you realize what the Tesla Model S electric car is really about.
Have you ever stopped and thought about it?
Tesla cars have fewer parts than ordinary cars. Like, 5-10 TIMES fewer parts. I mean, the automatic transmission of a regular car alone has a CRAZY amount of parts; more than 3000 little, moving parts. That’s more parts than the entire rest of the car! Wikipedia’s page on Automatic Transmissions has a section “Parts and operation” that describes a ridiculously complex arrangement of parts that all somehow manage to work, well, most of the time. But complexity is the enemy of reliability.
You never have to check the radiator fluid level in your Tesla.
Radiator fluid is only there to cool down gasoline engines, because gasoline engines create massive amounts of heat that must be carried away by radiator fluid constantly flowing by, or the engine will melt into a glowing mass of broken metal, seizing immediately and permanently, triggering another $4000 repair. That fluid then needs to be cooled somehow, before being sent back into the engine to heat up again. The water pump can fail, resulting in the same catastrophe. Leaking radiator fluid can rust dozens of other parts under the hood, causing untold damage that may need repair in your future. None of this mess happens with Tesla Model S cars.
Your Tesla’s battery isn’t filled with water – that is so old-fashioned! You don’t have a single battery which, when it fails without warning, stops your car completely from running. Most cars have no gauge to see how your battery is doing, much less a digital communication system to monitor it. Why is that? You depend on your car to work whenever you need it, yet you’re blind when it comes to your battery’s status – it’s crazy. Tesla cars have many batteries, not just one. And if any battery is weak or starting to fail, the car’s computer knows it and will take action to notify you or Tesla about that fact, so the problem can be dealt with long before your car fails to start.
You never have to add oil to the engine of a Tesla, check the oil level and color and smell, or worry about oil leaks and repairs. Forgetting to check the oil does not result in shortening your engine’s lifespan due to metal fragments floating around in the oil and rubbing against the engine’s most valuable pieces, wearing them down. Running out of oil won’t seize the engine suddenly while you’re driving down the freeway at 65 MPH, endangering your life and all those in the cars around you. You won’t have to replace the seized engine with an inferior one from a junkyard, at a cost of $3000-5000 and a lost day of work.
You never have to add transmission fluid – or repair leaks, or replace the fluid every hard-to-remember-thousand miles. You won’t destroy your transmission by forgetting to check the fluid, so you won’t incur $1000-3000 repair because of it, and feel guilty about it.
Your fuel injectors can never get clogged, because you don’t have fuel injectors. You never need to buy “fuel injector cleaner”, or wonder if that stuff even works. Fuel just isn’t needed in an electric car.
Your Tesla electric car works at high altitudes and low altitudes. It starts and runs in snow and ice, as well as the high temperatures of the desert like in Arizona Nevada, etc. Why wouldn’t it? Your cell phone works in those environments, doesn’t it?
To start an ordinary car, the ignition carries electricity to the starter motor, which has to turn freely after sitting overnight in the cold; its metal gears must mesh properly with the engine, to try and get the engine turning; but it must disconnect those gears once the engine’s started, so the starter doesn’t slow down the engine once you’re driving. At the same time, gasoline has to previously have been flowing from the gas tank to the engine through tubing, in order for the engine to begin burning that fuel immediately after the starter lets go. The spark plugs have to fire at the same time, using very high voltage (transformed from the low-voltage battery); the right mixture of air has to be included with the gas or the fuel won’t burn properly. All this has to work within 2-3 seconds of ignition, because all of this is a tremendous burden on the battery; if all of this doesn’t work within 6 or 8 attempts at starting the car, your battery will be drained to the point where it cannot start the car anymore, and now you’re stuck.
To start a Tesla Model S, the ignition carries electricity to the motors that turn the wheels. You start moving by pressing the accelerator pedal.
Safety – you aren’t riding around atop a huge tank of liquid explosive gasoline.
Safety – you aren’t sitting behind a huge block of metal with spinning spinning parts involved in a continuous series of micro-explosions.
You aren’t polluting the air with poisonous gasoline-based smoke right in front of your family, friends and neighbors. You aren’t contributing to your city’s smog problem. Sure, the electricity you charged your Tesla with may (or may not) have come from a polluting energy source like a coal plant; but that coal plant operated with “economies of scale” to produce less poisonous exhaust than thousands of little gasoline-burning cars do. Plus, the pollution being generated is not focused 5 feet away from your loved ones.
You aren’t polluting the air with the irritating sound of the modern gasoline-burning engine. Especially if your muffler rusts or has other problems, causing a much louder sound echoing throughout your quiet neighborhood, and causing you to spend money on yet another type of repair. Teslas don’t have mufflers, they don’t need them. Have you ever been woken up at 2AM from some idiot revving their car’s gasoline engine incessantly? That sound will hopefully go away soon, just like the shocking whip-crack of the old horse-drawn-carriage days.
No 40-point inspection and constant up-sale every 3 months or 3000 miles when you go in for oil & filter changes. You don’t have to waste time and money on maintenance every 3 months, because your Tesla doesn’t have oil or oil filters. You only need to go to the repair shop if one of the few parts in a Tesla actually starts failing. And, many of those parts are monitored by the computer, unlike an ordinary car, so you don’t have to wait until you hear “a strange sound” before knowing to go in for a repair.
From the Tesla web site:
…it periodically monitors itself and can alert Tesla, with your permission, to issues so that they can be resolved quickly and easily. Many issues can be resolved remotely, but if your Model S does require in-person attention, you can bring it to a Tesla Service Center, schedule a Tesla Ranger visit, or have your car picked up in exchange for a loaner at no charge with our valet service.
Tesla cars don’t roll forward a little the instant you take your foot off the brake. That’s a stupid side-effect of gasoline-driven engines, because they need to “keep moving or they stall”. Electric cars cannot stall any more than your cell phone can stall. A Tesla car is an electronic device much like your cell phone is.
Your Tesla car, left alone for 6 months in the garage, will start just fine on the first try. The batteries are fully charged, since it was hooked up to the power and trickle-charging during that time. Unlike ordinary cars, where the gasoline “goes bad” in the tank (how is that possible?), and you have to figure out how to put “fresh” gasoline in it, get fresh gasoline in the fuel line going to the engine, and get the engine running again…assuming all the other fluids are still OK and haven’t leaked out as well.
Fewer parts to fail, not 7 different fluids to check, no regular maintenance 4-8 times a year, with salesman accosting you each time. Only needs maintenance if something goes wrong. Automatically senses many types of problems – computer tells you before you’re dead-in-the-water.
No giant metal constant-explosion device – no overheating, no exhaust choking your loved ones. No sitting over a large box of liquid explosive as you careen along undivided highways at high speeds.
No stupid muffler, no fuel-pump, water-pump, air-valves, exhaust-tubes, cooling systems, transmissions, starter motor, gears. Simple, not complex; way more reliable. All that extra junk is crazy old.
Tesla cars are really more like a cell phone than a car. Starts just fine in extreme cold and heat, like your cell phone does. Because, why not?
Seriously, it’s time to buy a Tesla.
I’d like you to do the Money Acceptance Exercise once a day, every day for a week (7 days max). Take no more than 10 minutes to do it each time. You should only do this exercise if you think you might need money or plan on using money in the future. Here’s how it works:
How did that make you feel? Think about it for just a moment.
How did that make you feel?
Really see it happening to you. How did that make you feel? It’s only money. You can accept it.
How did that make you feel? It’s only money. You can accept it because it’s the right thing.
That money is yours now, because you earned it.
Resistance to Accepting Money
In the future we will have total transparency in business, and most people will be educated enough to understand and interpret the transparent documentation and reports issued by corporations, so everyone can see for themselves if companies are doing the right things.
It will be impossible to hide secret spending, to lie about the numbers, because every person on the planet will have the data and capability to cross-check a company’s numbers against all the numbers from outside the company – if things don’t add up, you know the company is hiding something.
Companies that don’t open their books in this way will be considered old-fashioned and untrustworthy by the mass population. The data and terminology will be simplified somewhat, and education will increase, so that those two things meet in the middle – for most of the population to be able to verify what each company claims. It will be fun and exciting to follow the progress of your favorite companies, their successes and failures, it will be like a game. In the same way you follow your friends on Facebook or Twitter, so you will be able to watch the finances and plans of your favorite companies with a level of detail as yet unknown in our current society. It will be fun!
Everyone will learn that the two financial halves of company finance: Income and Expenses, which are like arcs between points – one company’s income is derived from many other companies (and people’s) expenses. For example, if you consider all of the entities that purchased car parts from company A, all of those expenses are shown as incomes for company A. You will be allowed to know all the money spent by every company who purchased anything from company A – that will be public knowledge, provided by all those other companies. It will be easily researched on the Internet with a single operation. You could then compare that aggregation of data against what company A claims their income is, for the same time period. Those two numbers must match, or somebody is lying. People don’t like companies that lie about their numbers, and won’t put up with it. An investigation would be triggered which would get to the bottom of the mistaken numbers – and the numbers would then be fixed appropriately to match properly with the companies they interact with.
The way business works today, every company expense is some other company’s income. Every company income is some other company’s expense. This fact can result in powerful checks and balances across companies throughout every industry, to keep everyone honest – to be transparent with everyone. Honest reporting is only natural.
When that system is implemented and people are used to it, then anyone trying to game the system will fail. Their efforts will be immediately detected, it will be clear who they are, and they will be reprimanded by the entire populace. They will never risk it; the whole concept of lying financially will be gone. The less-honest entities will be shamed into following this law of transparency like every other company.
We already have people who regularly download the web pages of political web sites, and run computer programs that “diff” (compare) the new against the old, and report any changes that occurred. This is how someone on the Internet discovered that the web site Change.org subtly removed a phrase about “protecting whistle-blowers” from the web site – a platform that Barack Obama honestly wanted to promote, but with the current escalating anti-terrorism activities in the United States of America, is apparently changing. People need to know when any institution changes its policies, even when they don’t want those changes to be well known (article). We have a right to know. And hopefully, in the future, we can avoid blowing it out of proportion with hype and spin; it would be better to understand the changes and decide how we are going to deal with them, rather than let the media froth everyone up into an emotional frenzy.
Knowing, mentally, what is going on in your country and in the world is very important. However, being emotionally outraged and insulting about what you have just learned is harmful, unnecessary, and needs to stop. We have a lot of that today in our social networks; I believe it’s a natural reaction to the sudden change in our society of immediate information. But time heals everything. I believe by having more direct access to knowledge, so that seeing these changes becomes a regular part of every day life, will reduce the emotionality to a bare minimum in the future. Especially for those youngsters who grow up with it as a normal part of their everyday life. It’s key to right human relations, and it is key to world wide cooperation.
Right Human Relations – World Cooperation – this is the future for humanity on Earth.
The human psyche is fragile – lots of things can upset you or anger you. Then, if you aren’t able to control yourself, you hurt people around you, making their lives harder than they already are. If you are able to control yourself despite you’re upset feelings, that conflict between your suppressed anger and normal behavior creates conflict within you which can be even more destructive – to you now, and to others later.
What can you do to calm yourself? Feel like you aren’t all alone? To make you human again, as they say? If you could escape for 3-4 minutes into a better place, that would help a lot. If you had someone to connect with you in the emotion you’re in right now, all would change.
Music can make that happen.
What ails you Emotionally, today?
When I’m really angry at the world I like (need) angry sounding music that has predictability to me (such as songs I have heard many times so I know what it will do). Or maybe I am frustrated with life; feel stuck, trapped; there’s music for that too. Am I living in my mind right now? There’s music for that. Am I living in my emotions? There’s such a rich variety out there to discover. Am I crying because I miss my parents who passed away a few years ago? I learned to let the feelings just come; but also, the right music can make me feel a lot better.
Sometimes I tune in to end-of-the-world vibe that people feel in our world. It was very strong around the late 1990s and early 2000s; you can hear it strongly in pop music of that time. Can you find music that connects with you when you’re like that, and lift you up to a level of freedom somewhat above where you are right now? DOn’t hide from your emotions, don’t convince yourself that you shouldn’t feel that way”. If you’re feeling it, you’re feeling it. Everything has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Embrace it. Emotions are like water, they come and go, they change all the time.
You might find a band you really like, but even better is when you can find a genre of music that you like a lot (i.e. “trip hop”), so you can find more bands and songs that fit you the best. Don’t be afraid to listen to new music; I skip forward in songs to hear 3-4 parts of it if I can, then skip to the next song, to get a feel for a whole album; then skip to the next album when I realize it’s not what I like, for whatever reason. I don’t have to explain it, I just know it when I hear it.
Music discovery services like Pandora are wonderful. Type in a band or a song title, it will play music similar to it. You can find new bands and songs you super-like but never heard of before. It’s powerful. Nowadays there are more choices than ever before for music subscriptions, recommendation, and seeing what peers like, and so forth. I love what the Internet has done to help me experience what other people have decided are songs and bands that are similar to each other. Sometimes you’ll find a band you would never have found any other way, thanks to one of these services. Example: if you like Depeche Mode, have you heard Mesh yet?
It’s funny when a song gets stuck in your head. Sometimes when that happens to me I have no idea what song it is, but I want to listen to it now, because it’s been bugging me for the past 8 hours – or sometimes 2 or 3 days. I can simply type in a string of lyrics into Google Search, and it’s amazing – I can usually find the band name and song name that way. Then I can usually find a way to play the song, or at least part of the song, and even buy it on-line very easily if I want to listen to it again in the near future. It’s really great.
Music for Mental Work
I am a software developer by trade. I have learned that there are two types of concentration that I go through when programming software: planning (figuring out what approach to take that will actually solve the problem at hand), and coding (writing the software to achieve the plan I just figured out). For Planning, I need silence – music does not help, it only messes me up and slows me down. I need quiet for that phase. But for Coding, energetic music really helps a lot – I really like strong female vocals and music that excites me, like fast rock or punk. I also love listening to music that is perfectly edited and mixed, so that it has a rhythm in multiples of 4, 8, 16, in the way that makes sense to me, like trip-hop or electronic music of certain types.
Future Music – Musicians as Physicians
Good healing music meets you where you are, emotionally and mentally – it agrees with you, and tells you that many other people have been there before, and it’s OK – it’s OK to be you, and be right where you are. Then it does something unusual – it uplifts you to your next level. The next higher state of beauty, of goodness, of justice, joy, and freedom. It reconnects you with the greatness within you, just a bit. It doesn’t punch you in the face with it, it just points and says, “Hey! Look over there. Remember? That’s you, too.”
Future musicians will think about the kinds of emotional ailments people can suffer from, and experiment to find the best ways of meeting those people where they are and uplifting them to their next-level.
Who says that an “album” of songs has to be played in a specific order, with a first song, second song, etc.? That’s old fashioned. In the future, an “album” may consist of multiple entry-point songs to start from, based on whether you’re angry/hurt/sad/ill/tired, and bring you to a central spot – then uplift you level by level, one level per song, up to a very high point, higher than you could have managed to reach during your ordinary daily life. A calming, harmonious ending to a possibly frustrating day of life.
Who says that songs even have to consist of the exactly same notes, in the exact same order? There are many ways for music to create a single feeling, or a range of feelings; great musical performers know how to vary their music to fit their audience. What if an “album” consisted of many recordings of the same songs, so that each time you played the album you heard a different arrangement of songs achieving the same goals of upliftment? Each time you played it, you heard a different meandering path that brought you to the final uplifted state. That would be awesome. And it’s totally achievable with today’s technology.
Find what Works for You
The important thing is that you find the music that works for you. Music taste is as distinctly individual as fingerprints or handwriting. I shouldn’t recommend any musical group to you because you will either like it or hate it, and I have no way of knowing how it will be received. It depends on so many factors including your age (what kind of music you grew up with), where you are in your life, how you were raised, what struggles you’re facing, what you’ve already conquered in your life, and many other factors you are probably thinking about right now. In fact, any two people can listen to the same song and get different things out of it.
I noticed that I have changed the kinds of music I like to listen to, over time. One of my favorite bands around age 25-35 was Garbage, I just loved the electronic sound and the power of Shirley Manson’s voice, she even can whisper powerfully when she sings. It’s good stuff. I still like it, but I don’t really listen to it much anymore; I think I have outgrown it now; on to something else.
When I began writing this article I promised myself I wouldn’t list specific bands and songs, because everyone is different. But right now I feel like listing some unusual songs that have meant a whole lot to me at one time or another. Most of these do not fit into any category, but create a soundscape or an emotionscape that I really connected with at different times. These are not my favorite songs, just unusual ones that make me wonder. I arranged them here by energy. (The videos aren’t the important part, just the songs.)
These songs don’t have to mean anything to you. What songs bug you like that, because they connect to you like nothing else you know? What do they mean to you?
Seek out beauty. Spend time in nature, and look with your eyes and heart to see the beauty all around you, in nature. Visit the park, and see if you can find 3 new things you’ve never seen before in the park: flowers, birds, bugs, leaves, anything. Really look at them and see if you can appreciate something about them.
Spending a little of your time seeking out beauty and appreciating beauty can bring you Joy. Joy has powerful healing qualities, and can help you in subtle ways that you don’t even realize. It can help you relax and de-stress. It can help you be kinder to your family and friends and coworkers, naturally. You won’t feel “forced to be nice”, you will just be nicer without effort. You’ll feel more like a real human being again, if you didn’t feel that way before. You’ll feel more grounded, like you are standing on a solid emotional foundation again, and you’ll realize this is how it should be to be a human being, closer to how life was when you were a child.
My mom used to always take a break at lunch time to sit alone in nature – wherever she was, she would find a little garden or spot in the forest, to sit on a rock or on a blanket on the ground, and eat her lunch, and just listen and look at everything around her. It helped keep her relaxed and grounded – in contrast with her hectic job during the day.
There’s some amazing charts and graphs on this article from Business Insider titled The Stunning Fall of Generation X you might find interesting.
In the near future, everyone in our society is going to have to work out their own retirement plan for themselves, whether they are prepared to or not. They will have to consciously put money aside in investments of some kind to be ready for them when they are so old that they can no longer work.
Come on… A Retirement “Plan”?
Yes, think about it: when you’re old you’ll need a way to make money that does not require spending your time or having skills, like a normal job demands of you; because when you’re really old, you can’t perform the same activities you could when you were younger, yet you still need to eat food, live somewhere, wear clothes, and visit the doctor when you need to (probably more frequently than when you were young).
One of the worst things that happened in the United States of America to destroy people’s ability to retire was the creation of the retirement investment vehicles – IRA’s, 401K’s, and similar devices. You would think that putting “control in the people’s hands” would be the right thing to do. I thought it was good when it was invented, but now I see I was wrong. It is not the right thing to do when 99% of the people with 401Ks and IRAs have no formal training or experience in investing, and no emotional preparedness for investing!
By giving people control over their own retirement investments, you remove their employer’s responsibility to provide a good retirement for them – something that past generations could depend on – but not any more. So many companies have eliminated their pension plans – more and more all the time – leaving employees with nothing but their own resources to cope with in the coming years.
I have an idea – why don’t we do the same thing in medicine? Let’s make all the doctor’s tools and medicines available to the public – people can learn to treat themselves! Don’t you want more control over your own medical procedures? Isn’t your body important to you? Isn’t it true that if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself? Don’t let a “middleman doctor” get in the way of your health! Save money – do it yourself. Here’s your information pamphlet and a scalpel, go to it! There’s 3000 youtube videos of how to operate on yourself! You can order your EEG machine and CAT scan equipment on Amazon.com. Yeah, it’s kind of expensive. This is your body we’re talking about, don’t you think your own health is important for your future? It’s too important to entrust to someone else. You can be in charge of your own medical service yourself! You could hire a medical consultant to help if you want, but you’ll have to pay for that too. Other than that you have FULL CONTROL over your own health care now! No hospitals needed! If you feel like buying a book on medicine, or taking a class on it, go for it – learn all about it. Maybe you’ll be good at it. But more than likely, you will suck at it, and experience worse health than your parents did. We could call it “401M” where the M stands for Medical. Let’s not optimize anything by grouping customers or combining services to save money.
My Father’s Retirement
My father worked at universities for most of my life when I was growing up. When he retired, he had money coming in from three sources:
- California state retirement system
- Arizona state retirement system
- Social Security
All three of them were about equal amounts of money each month. He had more money coming in every month than he needed to live. Which was good, because it paid for his stay at a nice retirement home later in life, when his medical requirements were the highest ever in his life. He had enough left over as spending money for a weekly visit to the grocery store, where he would buy things he didn’t need because the retirement home provided all his meals and other services for him each day. I would visit once a week and throw out the old food that had gone bad in the refrigerator. (Don’t make me tell the story of the bulging can of food in the pantry that hissed at me when I tossed it in the trash).
I make more – I should have as good a retirement, right?
Even though every job I have ever held brought in more money per year than my father ever did with any of his various jobs, I will not have his kind of retirement income.
Social security will be very small for me, certainly not enough to live on; probably not more than 1/10th what I need to live on when I retire – if I’m lucky.
I do have a very small state retirement, because I worked at Northern Arizona University for 6 years as my first job in the real world after college. I don’t have any pensions from any company I’ve ever worked for. It wasn’t an option. I do have an IRA from one company I worked for, but after 11 years of faithful service, the income it generates would be about enough to pay 1/20th of my bills in retirement.
I am part of the beginning of generation X. I am 48 years old, and I am really seeing the writing on the wall, now. More and more inflation is coming to the United States of America, and many other countries too. I will not have a nice retirement unless I build one for myself. And all the generations coming after me will probably have it worse than I will. And they’re younger than I am, so they don’t see it coming yet. They’re still too young to care.
Part of me asks – how do I cope with this? I feel 85% sure that I have a good plan for my retirement, because I have been learning real estate investing on my own over the past 5 years, actually practicing it, losing money sometimes and making money sometimes which lets me discover what works and what doesn’t. I hope to make more than enough money to live when I’m 70, 80, 90 years old (if I live that long) – just like my father did.
Another part of me asks – how do I help those who are younger than me survive retirement? That’s a much harder question. I feel 10% sure I know what to say, what to do, to encourage them and train them. But I don’t think they will listen. Because they’re at that age – when I was their age I didn’t give a shit about anything related to retirement. I had more important things to do, right then and there. And that was important to me, and nobody should try to push “retirement” thoughts on me back then. So who am I to try to push “retirement” thoughts on them now? I am both people, young and old. I can see both points of view. Since young me would not want that, old me is going to be wise about how to approach this.
Why would I try to treat someone else the way I never wanted to be treated when I was their age? It seems ridiculous.
Our society, in the past, cooperated with the way people think when they are 30 or 40 years old. Thoughts that do not plan too well for their retirement. Back then, they would still have a nice retirement, automatically. But now it’s different. Now if you aren’t thinking about this stuff and creating a plan for the rest of your life by age 35, you’re probably screwed. And that’s assuming you are working a good job consistently from age 35 on, thru retirement age of 65 or so.
What’s the best way to help those younger than me, with less experience than me in investing?
Maybe the best advice I can give is things that they can do now (or not do now) which their future-self will appreciate when they come to their senses. Around age 45 or so. “Thank goodness I did X when I was 20, and Y when I was 30… or I never would have a good future!”
But it’s not enough to simply relay information; that’s only a part of the learning. The smaller part. The larger part is the experience of using your own money, sometimes many thousands of dollars, risking it on investments, figuring out how to make it work, and dealing with the crippling emotions of having it sometimes fail. And getting back up and doing it again. And again. Until you get it right.
Some people give up after a big failure, and just say “I can’t do it” or “I never want to do it again,” and walk away. Go back to their “normal” life. Not planning for retirement. That was OK 30 years ago. It’s not OK today.
So I tell you now: either choose to learn investing as a serious hobby for 10+ years of your life, if it interests you; practice it, get used to losing money, and be prepared to make a lot of money. Physically prepared, emotionally prepared, mentally prepared. That alone is a whole science not yet accepted by society (maybe I can discuss that in another blog article). Play the Cashflow 101 board game at least 20 times until you really get it. You don’t have to buy it – find a Cashflow group on Meetup.com near you to play it for free with some really nice people.
Or, if you don’t like the thought of learning how to invest – how your money can make more money without you having to do much more than guide it to do so, then you’re almost screwed – put as much money as you can into retirement investments: 401K’s and IRA’s, and hire a good management company to control those assets for you, learn to live within your means after setting aside that part of your income as if it never existed, and never withdraw from it until you retire. Those devices aren’t very good investment vehicles, it may not be enough for you to live on exclusively when you’re retired, but it will be better than the nothing you’ll have if you do nothing.
Believe it or not, your mind and your memory will start fading eventually, and it will continue over time. Your body’s strength will start dropping, slowly, more and more. Your emotional tolerance for bullshit and pop fads will dwindle to near zero. You start getting old when you’re not psychologically ready for it, when you still feel young on the inside, but your physical body disagrees. People will start treating you like you’re old, because you look old; and that will color your own view and attitude towards the world. And 10 years later, you’ll feel EVEN LESS ready for old age than you do now. But they say this is all a normal part of life.
At least that’s my experience.
Your mileage may vary.