Next month I will hit a life milestone by reaching my 70th birthday. I suppose something could conceivably happen between now and the fourth of February to change the outcome and in the back of my head a small voice is yelling, "Wait, don't write this now". Never was very good at listening to the small voice in my head.
Many of my friends, work mates, and others did not accomplish this milestone. Some of them didn't make it out of their twenties because of Vietnam. Others didn't get past their thirties or forties because of illness, accident or just plain stupidity. There are those that didn't age well into their fifties and sixties with failing health. But here I am, ready to turn 70 and wondering why I am here and they are not.
My mom was born March 26, 1912, and lived until May 12, 1982, just over seventy years. While my physical and mental health are much better than hers at this age, I am not where I should be with regard to a bunch of different health issues and my procrastinating personality isn't helping me resolve any of those issues.
So here comes 70 and I start to reflect on where I have been and where and what will happen as I move forward. First of all, I have to say that my life has been and continues to be pretty damned good when compared to other folks that I come in contact with. My family is doing quite well and I expect nothing but great things from those I leave behind and let us face it, I'm going to leave many of those I love dearly behind and at this age, it won't be too far in the distant future.
In my twenties and thirties, I worked hard at what I thought was enjoying life only to discover that I was addicted when I woke up in my forties and finally decided to do something about it. Funny, but as you go through life you don't think much about the possibility of it ending but I can tell you that you become a damn sight more interested in it as the scale of life swings in the other direction.
On to lighter and more fun stuff. Two more root beers have crossed my palate since my last post.
Well, that is all I have today. Please, if you have any thoughts, don't hesitate to make them know. Hope all is going well.