2125

In the year 2125 I will be 139 years old but I will appear to be in my late sixties or early seventies because of advancements in medicine, especially facing the negative impact of aging.  I will have had several successful tumor removals and been treated for heart-disease.  I will have had several joint replacements and a few outdated prostheses to solve my degenerating vision and hearing, but overall I’ll be looking forward to my 140th birthday.

At this point I’m still living with my wife of 95 years and we’re making plans for our 100th anniversary.  We’re considering going on a world tour, stopping by Japan to make a pilgrimage around the island of Shikoku in the footsteps of Kobodaishi, visiting the African plains for a safari, where the unique African animals are carefully protected from ever encroaching human settlement, taking a dip in glacial lakes in Iceland where used to be naught but ice and cold, scuba diving in the last remaining section of the Great Barrier Reef, the only large scale coral reef left in the world, and eating our favorite gelato in Florence Italy before coming home to our quaint little four room self-powered home in suburban America.

We’re entertaining the idea of taking a combination solar/wind sail catamaran for the trans-ocean portions of the trip to save money, but neither of us have spent the six months required for the training course.  Our oldest daughter swears it’s worth it, the ocean being the only place one can find solitude anymore.  The world population reached 15 billion before growth slowed due to various population control measures implemented by governments world-wide.

One of our great great grand children was born on an orbital platform where his mother is participating in a study of micro-gravity birth and the health issues involved.  His father was present for the birth, being involved in the study as well as actively developing the Dyson Ring factories that will launch from Earth Orbit to feed the Solar Dyson Ring, already well on its way to completion.

The lunar colony provides a popular tourist destination for the extremely wealthy, but is still only a temporary place of residence due to the health effects of extended stay in low gravity.  A scientific outpost on Mars was recently established and the prospects for creating wider settlements appears promising, though the Martian lifestyle is notably more difficult than on Earth and only the dauntless have applied.  Fortunately there are many hundreds of thousands of such brave souls out of the billions still on Earth.

My wife and I are satisfied with our life-long terrestrial record without traveling out of the Earth’s atmosphere.  The stories we hear from our descendants and the media feeds updated in real time provide us with all the outer-space we need.  We suffice ourselves on neighborhood activities like our weekly board-game night and the wide variety of dinner theaters run in the city nearby.

Our retirement funds ran out of money several years before, but we were expecting that and went back to work for the historical documentation society, documenting our life stories and helping reconstruct detailed period sets for various media production studios and artists.  I also study historical linguistics using the immense data loads to make predictions about the future of the languages we speak.

I speak about ten languages, four of which I’m quite fluent in.  I have only passable comprehension of the others which I picked up for academic purposes involved in my linguistics work.  Only two hundred languages are still spoken by more than a handful of folks my age, only four by more than a million speakers.

Many folks will spend the majority of their time in immersive simulations that combine game aspects, social interaction, and education into irresistible combination of fun.  My wife and I are old fogeys though and don’t buy into the system, preferring to play re-makes of Super Mario Brothers and Tetris.

Also see: 2100, and 2075

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