I saw an article recently about how people in the future will likely typically live to be 100 years old. At first thought that sounds kind of nice. I align with the old saying “Everyone wants to get to heaven but no one wants to die to get there”. I certainly don’t want to die, at least anytime soon. I still have many things left on my life’s to-do list.
But it seems when I turned sixty my body warranty expired. Things just don’t work as well as before. My back continues to deteriorate with more compression fractures. My knees give me frequent stabs of pain. And it seems that every time I go to the doctor I leave with yet another prescription for an additional ailment. I am on the verge of going on Medicare so even though my previous employer of thirty years keeps “informing” me that he is under no legal obligation to continue to provide health insurance for me, even that threat is not as frightful to me now.
But what is frightful is living with this continuously degrading health for another thirty-five years! If they were to come up with some silver bullet that would ameliorate all my conditions I wouldn’t mind staying around. No I don’t want to die but I also don’t want to have to be carried in a basket to my death-bed. 🙂
And the journey goes on…