Saturday, September 10, 2016

Liking Longevity

My brother died at 51 of cancer. His perspective was acceptance, but there was sadness. My mother in law is 92, and she is wondering why she is still living. If you talk to a teenager, they think anyone over 30 is ancient. If you talk to a person in their middle age, you will, most probably, hear a distaste to the idea of living a long life. Somewhere along the line, we have foster a notion that loving a long life is not desirable. Maybe that has something to do with Rock Culture. I don’t know. I don’t share this distaste.

Medical science has been pushing life expectancy over the length of the 20th century. Some medics believe it's probable that people will live to 120. So it seems most people who have jumped the hurdles of being murdered in a bloodbath, dying frivolously in a car crash, get taken abruptly by cancer, or are broken by heart disease, are not prepared for the years ahead of them. Once they get there, they don't know what to do, They tend to live like they always have.

In my opinion, there is no secret to happiness. Just make sure your basic needs are met, and have some constructive fun. Destructive fun should be done in the realm of fiction such as games, shows, and books.

Ah yes, the dark side. Let's delve into that beast a bit, shall we? When we’re at an ‘old age’, it's because we have avoided the physical fulfilment of our dark side. Sure, that's a good thing, ‘cause we are not all light. The dark needs to be fed. We all want to be an Evil Queen, a Darth Vader, or even my character, Mel, once in awhile. Sometimes we fancy the tragic types like a Dr. Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll, or a Scarlett O'Hara. I can hear Vincent Price laughing in the background somewhere. The wonders of storytelling allow us to experience these unethical behaviors without the risk of being judged.

We live at the height of the information age. We have audio, video, and text at our literal fingertips. through our phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops, we can access songs, movies, TV show series, e-books, and more.

I would guide your attention to the e-book. Now, e-books have been steadily gaining ground on regular books through the years. I don't think regular books will go away, but I do think that e-book are here to stay. They have their own place in our lives. My point is as we grow older, the advantages of e-book reading become more and more apparent. Tablet technology will only grow in sophistication and application. Wherever you have a tablet, you have an e-book.

Movies are hard to make, so there are only a few of them every year. Same with TV series. But novels are another story. Please, don't pardon the pun. There are a lot of novels out there. Too many, perhaps, to keep up. So I think reading is an ideal pastime for the advanced years. The mind never grows old; it’s forever young.

If you are not a reader, there is no reason you can't become one. Just find a type a book you like and and start. There are plenty of venues online to discuss you book. It's fun.

I don't plan on waiting around for the Grim Reaper to come for me. I plan to give him a chase. Let's see if I can make it to that 120 finish line. I still have a hurdle or two of my own to jump.