Re: So, old people on this board, how do you deal knowing you will die soon?
These days "You're only as old as you feel" is a really depressing statement. Probably not the best time to answer this, since, for the fourth or fifth time in the past week, I've been up all night because of pain.
Briefly, though, the older you get, the less you dread death. At least that's true for me. I'm only 50, but I feel as thought miy childhood was so long ago that I can't possibly still be alive. I can't imagine how the 94 year old woman I go to church with feels!
Twenty five or so years ago I was in a car wreck in which I was absolutely certain I was going to die. I felt utterly at peace. I wasn't physically near death, I was just in a situation where I was sure I wouldn't survive (school bus coming directly through my windshield). Whether I was at peace because of the release of brain chemicals or whatever, I was at peace, and that's still a comfort.
I do believe there's more to us than this life for both religious and scientific reasons. In the end, though, I think becoming comfortable with the idea of death is more experiential, and I think it's something most people come around to. These bodies weren't built to last forever. The older you get, the more true that becomes.
Besides that, I was present at the filming of a Brady Bunch episode. What more is there to live for?
Edge trilogy, by me.
Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down. --Ray Bradbury
Last edited by marcshoe; 12-29-2012 at 05:58 AM.