People are living longer as time passes. This is not a good thing. The problem is that the maladys that plague the elderly haven’t moved. So, we can count on 10 extra years of soft food, diapers and not being able to hold a conversation because we can’t remember a thing.
Today is my last day being 58. That is significant to me because I always thought I would never see 40. I was determined to pack as much of life as possible into the 39 years and then get taken out by a comet, or something equally as fast.
Well, here I am about to turn 59. I refuse to become a grumpy old man, however. I’m still doing stand up and will as long as possible. That will hopefully keep me from worrying about social security, Medicaid.. All of the junk older people seem to talk about. I refuse.
I do have physical and neurological issues, but I can live with those. My spleen and gall bladder are the only things left to remove, so I’m good there. There’s always the chance of going insane, which some would claim took place some time ago. Who could blame them? I’ve done some crazy things in my life.
I’ve had guns pulled and aimed at me four times, but never been shot. I’ve run from the police as they tried to pull me over three times, but I’ve never been caught or arrested.
I’ve been married four times and survived them all. I’ve been in two major car accidents, one that I never should have lived through, but obviously did. I’ve had two bouts with internal bleeding, one which could have easily killed me, and yet here I am.
A couple of years ago, I had a seizure and stopped breathing at my psychiatrist’s office and there just “happened” to be a nurse there who wasn’t supposed to be there. A little cpr, a short hospital stay and still ticking.
I know I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: whoever said 50 is the new 40, was definitely not 50. I have a good life. Married for 17 years, 3 wonderful children, 7 magnificent grandchildren, great friends, wonderful home, and I get to do pretty much whatever I want.
Maybe living longer won’t be such a bad thing after all.
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