Dear Wachusettgirl, I love the way you express the point. Somebody once asked in this forum what one can take into next life, and that's it: the experiences one has made. In my case, I must have been either really wealthy, or discovered that wealth is of no importance whatsover in a previous life. Pretty much since I was young, money or wealth has never been important, I just feel rich independent of what I have.
We all live longer and we live more intensely than ever before. What took us a few lifetimes before, we can now accomplish in decades. I believe "Been there, done that" is a deeply spiritual expression.