Everyone's guilty of thinking morbid thoughts from time to time.
Your mind quickly skates across that spine-tingling thought: “When will I die?”
It happens. Human mortality can be a terrifying, surreal, and even pretty humbling thing, and it's admittedly not the most soothing thought to have.
However, it may help you to know, in this day and age, your chances of living longer are only increasing.
The oldest humans ever recorded in history, (Morano and Jeanne Calment, of France), lived to be 122 years old -- and that was all the way back in 1997.
Please take into consideration that these two ladies were elders to the entire world.
Now, 20 years later, who knows what the new life expectancy will be?
According to a new study published in Nature by McGill University, there is no set age for the limitations of human mortality.
That's right, the human life span has no end.
This conclusion is contrary to a study also published in Nature last October, which reported that the average life expectancy age for humans is 115 years old.
Holy sh*t. So you can technically live even longer than 115 years old?!
Hekimi told EurekAlert! Science News,
We just don't know what the age limit might be. In fact, by extending trend lines, we can show that maximum and average lifespans could continue to increase far into the foreseeable future.
According to the research, life expectancy is only increasing.
As a matter of fact, if you take a quick look at history, life expectancy only continues to increase as the years go by.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, life expectancy for men in 1907 was 45.6 years.
By 1957, it rose to 66.4 years, and in 2007, it reached 75.5 years, as reported by Live Science.
Similarly, in 1920, for example, the average newborn Canadian could expect to live to see 60 years old.
By 1980, that number rose to 76 years old. Today, you can expect to see 82 years old.
But according to this study, 82 years old may be the very least.
Sheesh. That's a whole lot of livin'.
With new forms of medicine, scientific inventions, unlimited access to information, novel technology, and improvements in living conditions, there's no real way to adequately calculate what life expectancy will look like in the future.
There are too many ever-evolving factors involved, with no definite constant.
Hekimi explained it's too difficult of a guess to accurately make:
Three hundred years ago, many people lived only short lives. If we would have told them that one day most humans might live up to 100, they would have said we were crazy.
As for how long you'll live, who knows -- but that's not the point.
The point is to live while you are here, right now.
Make the most of your talents, ambitions, and love.
The world, as you know it, is in a constant state of urgency. Every bit of positivity you have to sprinkle is absolutely needed.
If you're going to be here for awhile, make it worth everyone's while.