The above quote from Benjamin Franklin directly addresses the importance of taking time today to plan for the challenges you—as well as your loved ones—may face at the end of your life.
As another famous Franklin saying goes,
"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
Many of us are really good about taking care of our ongoing tax responsibilities, but far fewer consider taking care of a more valuable asset—our own personal legacy.
Expressing healthcare preferences and wishes for the future; reflecting upon how we want to be remembered by family and friends; and exploring ways that our values can live on within the greater community after we are gone are key issues to address no matter your age, economic level, or marital status. No one has a crystal ball to see what will happen tomorrow, so the need to have key documents ready and plans in place are a constant.
If you have been putting off creating a will, power of attorney, and healthcare directives, why not get started now?