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Saturday, July 4, 2015

The hot breath of mortality



I'm at that stage of life: no longer a kid, but not quite ready for one of those walkers with tennis balls on the feet.

It doesn't help that people I went to high school with are being tested for Alzheimer's disease. I know it can strike the pre Social Security crowd, but it does rub mortality in one's face. There is stuff I want to do before I forget there's stuff I want to do.

Another friend of mine is looking to retire to a nice little town near a good hospital. The hospital is the real draw for him. Sheesh. It seems like only yesterday we were skipping school and driving a black hobo blues singer to the Canadian border. Wacky fun.

Too many people go along in life thinking they have plenty of time for adventure. You don't know the number of your days or the quality. In the great scheme of things all we have is now. Then again, maybe I want to have some fun before I'm too old to know better.

When I was much younger I was badly injured and didn't know if I'd ever be able to do anything ever again. Between hard work and time to heal I got a lot better and could enjoy life again. There's nothing like getting a second chance at life to renew one's zest for it.

For me one of the worse things is life is to fall into a rut. Life becomes a cage. Too many only leave the cage at death. A box for a cage is not a step up.

There's a philosophical belief that the universe favors the bold and interesting. Let's put that theory to the test.

-Sixbears

20 comments:

  1. Too easy fitting in the slots allocated to us by society! It's seems so ingrained in us, you get to a certain number=you're old=you are knackered=buy your coffin! I learned recently that when we get to 50 in the UK, or is it 55, can't member, the governing classifies you as "a burden" on society! Nice is it not. Anyway I'll try to do what I want for as long as my body will let me, and do my best to prove the bastards wrong!

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    1. They want to do us in just when we have it figured out and want to break out of the slots.

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  2. Will be retiring at 56 with no home base. My girlfriend is okay with this. We are going to see where these bold-old bodies will take us on a limited income and a van to sleep in. Life is short. Live it like there is no tomorrow.

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  3. Still lots and lots of things to try and do - It just takes me longer now-a-days!

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    1. Just cut out all the stuff you really don't want to do and you'll find more time for the things you love.

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  4. My days are numbered, but sure glad I forgot how to count. (grin)

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    1. Good one Dizzy! I might steal it!

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  5. We have been retired for a while now, we go to the shore every chance we can get to stay in a teenytiny cabin, if they had a great hospital there and doctors we would sell and move..The 4th was horrible people shot off fireworks forever or so it seemed, finally I had a sheriffs fellow come for late late dinner and ask everyone to STOP THE FIREWORKS IT WAS NEARLY MIDNIGHT AND THAT WAS ALL SHE WROTE, HE IS SMITTEN AFTER OUR ONLY CHILD STILL FROM KINDERGARTEN NO LESS..He is the keeper and the ringer, what a fellow took care of his Mom and sisters after his dad perished at the conductor in a railway crap accident, took years to sue and he went from a tiny fellow of 12 to 21 overnight, he was the head of the household immediately..He even grew taller if you can believe it! He said no one respects anyone anymore and if the sheriff is called they say disbarging things to him and he has to stop drug deals, fights, murders from happening..He is quite the fellow! As for doing what one want to do I say CARPE DIEM, my hubs dad lived to 74 drank like a fish for 50 or 60 years smoked like a smoke stack, produced 9 kids and never supported his wife and kids ever..his mom waited forever and her kids and herself suffered a lot she died at nearly 87 and smoked every damn day, one just never ever knows, I say SEIZE THE DAY and do what you possibly can to live a like you can enjoy..We are not the trumps in our home but we get to the shore and the smell of the sea, fishing, crabbing, and sometimes out on a decent boat soothes our soul..I have never met anyone come back from the dead who told me it was better in the afterlife and we live right by the biggest cemetery in the tri-county area..Goodness sakes alive do what a person can possibly do and enjoy the little time one is on the terrestrial, one is not gong to live forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. I meant to say my hubs the oldest child of 9 kids never supported by his dad, if he wants to go to the shore we are all in even taking the kitteh cats, the cabin tiny but the people are the best! Todays youth don't seem to enjoy much anymore, recreational marijuana is here and it is destroying many young lives, they don't go to school anymore, they don't work, they just want to toke the dope and I don't just mean the Maryjane but meth..Wow whee, I voted for same sex marriage but not the marijuana initiative it has a deleterious effect upon anyone trying to work and go to school..No one knows where all the tax money goes to certainly not the hungry, homeless and veterans and schools. so I say no on should have voted for that crap! Enjoy each day to the fullest it could be the very last you get!

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    1. Enjoy that cabin -and the company!

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  7. It gets harder to get away as you get older. The easy chair beckons. The animals need daily care. The roads are crowded with mental deficients. What if my vehicle breaks down far from home? Then there are always the winged monkeys to take into consideration. They're out there....

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    1. What if the winged monkeys are hiding under your easy chair? :)

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  8. I had oodles of adventures when I was younger....and still having them! Started a farm last year...at age 58. My 7 kids think I am nuts, but I am loving it. It's hard, it's tough...but so much fun!

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    1. My kids worry about me too! :)

      Go for it!

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  9. Amen, Sixbears. Live every day as if it were your last, 'cause someday it will be ...

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