I am in my 6th decade. Because:
- 1-10 was my first decade.
- 11-20 was my second decade.
- 21-30 was my third decade.
- 31-40 was my fourth decade.
- 41-50 was my fifth decade.
- 50-60, the decade I am in now (I am 50) is my sixth decade.
To come (maybe):
61-70, my seventh decade.
71-80, my eighth decade.
81-90, my ninth decade.
91-100, my tenth decade.
100-110, my eleventh decade.
All of the figures below are approximate because I looked at the UK and America and a couple of other European countries and took an average. And also it is massively influenced by when you were born and how old you are now. As a general rule, the younger you are now, the longer you will live.
15% of men die during or before their fifth decade. 85% of men go on into their 50s.
30% of men die during or before the end of their sixth decade. 70% of men go on into their 60s.
45% of men die during or before the end of their seventh decade. 55% of men go on into their 70s.
65% of men die during or before the end of their eighth decade. 35% of men go on into their 80s.
90% of men die during or before the end if their ninth decade. 10% of men go on into their 90s.
Over 99% of men die during or before the end if their tenth decade. Under 1% of men live over 100.
Almost all men die during or before the end if their eleventh decade. Very few men live over 110.
No man has ever lived into a twelfth decade. No man has ever lived over 120.
- You read and accept the above as fact. And you should. Because they are facts.
- You build in that almost all the percentages (except the last one) may swing (say) 5% and even 10% either way. And that you might die today.
- In the light of knowing these truths, you are not spending every SECOND of your waking life either:
- Being the version of you that you really love and want to be, or
- Working towards being the version of you that you really love and want to be, or
- Helping someone else to become the version of themselves that they really love and want to be…
… you’re an idiot.