It's grand final time, again, that one time of the year when many people have a fever. In Australia, whether it's the NRL, AFL, or the Woop Woop East XV, football clubs everywhere are preparing for their big events. Footy fever is rampant. And, in a week or two, as the fever subsides, most of us will have forgotten the victors, the hard-luck stories, and all associated stuff that seemed so important at the time.

Marketing gurus tell us that, over time, people usually remember who came first, sometimes who finished second, and only someone (or something) else that was different in some way, (two brothers playing on opposing teams in the AFL grand final would qualify ). I remember that Melbourne Storm was the winner of last year's NRL final. I'm not too sure which other team played in the final, but I recall that the one that I followed following in a whimper. Go on, test your memory and the point I'm making. Select an event, and see what you remember.

The rule-of-thumb also applies to longevity. It is generally accepted that Jeanne Calment has lived the longest (122 years and 164 days). There is no such agreement about who comes in at number two. Those who could be remembered for reasons other than age only could include George Burns, Groucho Marx, Mae West, or whomever. One example could be: Jeanne is number one, not sure about number two, and Groucho Marx because of his comical observation, 'Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough '.

Whatever your choice, keep in mind Seneca's two-thousand-year-old observation. He described living longer as a waste of time, except those extra years were matched by quality. Jeanne Calment, for example, may have lived for a bit over 122 years, but it was important that those years were quality time – adding years to life and life to years.

At this time of the year, the coach receives a fair amount of attention. And the players seem to do just as the coach wants, or else. A life coach worthy of your support should recommend regular doses of a pill containing the 5Fs. And, unlike the stuff dished-up to footballers, this is a life-quality pill, so you will not have to take it. Think of it as being strictly nil-by-mouth.

The 5Fs , of course, are F ood, F itness, Friendship, Future, and F inance. Regular and adequate doses of these special qualities are guaranteed to lead to a longer, better life. Bottom line is, if you are going to win your grand final and (at least) match Jeanne Calment's achievement (if you're that way inclined), it's essential that the 5Fs feature as a part of your preparations. Even those participants in the footy grand finals, and contributors to footy fever, will have to attend to the 5Fs in their individual pursuits of longevity and life-quality. According to that prolific and often-quoted writer, Anonymous, the challenge facing us is that one day our life will flash before our eyes. We need to make sure what we see is worth watching.