Life-Cycle…Next in Line!

Today, actor Robert Guillaume passed away. He was 89 and battled prostate cancer. My father is 88, and he too had prostate cancer but for seven years has been able to keep it in remission.

With people we looked up to, actors who made our evenings less boring while watching them on TV, and family in general, it puts things into perspective on aging and the next generation. I’m moving towards that next generation, unfortunately.

I think as we age, we think about dying, but we don’t want to talk about it. We don’t even want to talk about death, and we should.

I hear that most people are living longer than ever before, and while this may very well be true, what exactly will this mean for the average person.

Believe it or not, the oldest human being was 122 years old. There may be people who lived longer than that, but there are no records to confirm this. That is when the world was different. Not crowded, not polluted as much, and people ate real food. However, in the town you live in, the food you eat, the air you breathe, and, with the least amount of things you do that affects your health, not one thing can be confirmed that it won’t kill you. If you have money, live better than most, you may live longer, but no guarantee either, but again, it all depends on several factors, and not one person can tell you when you’re going to die. Life “expectancy” around the globe is only 66 1/4 years. Dang, I hadn’t thought of around-the-globe! The U.S. is a margin off from the U.K., but it seems like 80-85 is all they’re expecting most people to live. Then it got me to thinking, what if too many people live longer? That’s for another post!

I’m on a new Dash Diet (it’s not really a diet, just better for Cholesterol and your Heart), walking more, drinking less, no smoking, and although I just got my Will in order, I’m still not talking about funeral arrangements. It’s just too morbid, and yet it’s part of the life-cycle that needs to be discussed with your family, etc.

Here’s a chart about the life expectancy of the countries around the globe.

2 Replies to “Life-Cycle…Next in Line!”

  1. I know all too well about aging, I work in a nursing home. I often wonder if I have chosen the right career, as I am surrounded by death, sickness and old age. I have spent many a night next to those who were dying, contemplating my own death. I’ve looked up to the ceiling, asking if there is a God, why do you let them suffer so much? I do have the unique perspective of getting to know many kinds of people with varying experiences pretty intimately. There are times, with so many who are grateful to see me and see my true caring nature, that I bring them solace. That, I feel, is worth more than anything to get that tender word, hug and kiss. It still frightens me though, when they say why is this happening to me, I just want it to end, or I want to die. I know someday that person may be me, and will I recieve that much compassion and care? Will I look back over my life and know I’ve done the best I could? It’s hard to imagine life without me, but life will go on long after my life is over, and that seems the saddest to know I won’t be included.


    1. Someone like you, Diana, is the “best gift” that any human being could ever want beside them in their time of need. Compassion and listening and just “being” is by far all that the human soul needs before they decide to leave this World, so in reply to your reply, I can only wish for you (when that time comes) that you have a “Diana” there for you too! xoxo


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