There’s no escaping the fact that we are aging. Once you’re past 60 — we’re in America, nobody wants to get old. Age is just a number. I like that. I like the idea that Americans don’t want to age. But at the same time, I like the counter idea that where I come from, age is respectable. I don’t feel old, so to speak, because I see people in their 40s who are so burdened with all the problems, five, six credit cards, cards they can’t afford to pay for houses they ought not to have had. You name it, they’ve got all of it.

 

So, I go to hospitals, I see people leaving pharmacies with two, three brown bags of medicines. I don’t want to be alive if I have to take all of those medications, believe you me. Yes. So, appending — I mean what I may not know about myself in terms of my own health, for the time being, my doctor say I’m in splendid health, and I don’t feel old.

 

However, however, there’s no escaping the fact that once you’re past 60, today could be my last day or I could have 20 more good years, but I try not to think about it.1 I don’t go to bed — I don’t fall asleep worrying about, god, how many more years do I have?2 It’s a stupid thing to do, so I’m not even going to bother about that.3 I am just going to take it one day at a time. But yes, mortality is part of life, and sooner or later, it comes to an end.

  1. Beyond Death, Hours Of Life, Know Nothing About Death, Looking For Time, Unreasonable Reason, Way Station []
  2. Keep My Mind Quiet []
  3. Spinoza []
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