Celebrating Two Personal Milestones Today…

I am putting aside my usual Sunday post about things that inspire me in order to tell you about two milestones that are happening today in my life.

The first milestone is that today is my 66th birthday so I have officially survived my first full year of single-payer system health insurance. I have to tell you that it was great.
Although I had no life threatening events  the past year I did have a couple of emergency room visits and several doctors visit. All in all I saved over $4,000 from what it costs me with private insurance the year before. I look forward to many more years of knowing that I will have affordable medical care when I need it. That is of course if the politicians just tweak it as necessary instead of putting me out on my own as some suggest. The picture here is of me being “popped” at the Guadalajara Grill in Mexico on my 49th birthday. That seems like ages ago now 😉

The second milestone is that this is the 1,000th post to RJ’s Corner blog.  I never dreamed I would still be blogging here after so many daily posts.  I thought I would surely run out of things to say by now.  But it turns out that I seem to be just getting started. I am astounded that my readership continues to grow month over month. I am also humbled that so many of you have an interest in reading me on a daily basis.

I try to make this blog a little different from many I come across. Some of my fellow bloggers use their blogs as a journal of their lives.  They tell you about what they do on a daily basis. I just don’t think my daily activities would be of interest to most of you. Much too boring!  Other bloggers pick a niche that they feel comfortable concentrating one. Many of the ones I follow are about one aspect or another of retirement.  I have chosen not to do either of these two options.

Of course we all write from our life experiences. I am certainly no exception to that.  I naturally write on issues that I am passionate about. Altruism is just part of my soul so that has much to do with what I pen.  Some call altruism social justice. I kind of like that phrase. Some, like Mr. Ryan’s hero Ayn Rand, see altruism much differently than I do. Her most famous quote about it is:

“If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject”.  

His idols’s words is probably one of the reasons that I distrust Paul Ryan.  Who you chose as heroes says a lot about your character and worldview.  Jesus Christ, another of my heroes, says exactly the opposite about altruism. I think I will follow him instead of choosing  anyone remotely like Ayn Rand.

Will Rogers is my literary hero.  I have over the years adopted his writing style and especially his respect for others as my own. So here I am ending my 1,000th post with no end in sight. Thanks to everyone for letting me be part of your daily lives.