We decided last year to leave our home this summer and do some traveling, if for no other reason than to get away from the scorching heat and high humidity we tend to endure living in the middle of the State of Florida.

Our travels were to begin the end of March and our first escapade was in PA followed by several weeks in CT. Once the first trip (PA/CT) was over, we returned home so as to slip away on yet another adventure south of where our home is to celebrate 53 years of marriage.

This trip itself will soon be over and after returning home to visit various doctors (once we reach a certain age, we tend to plan our vacations around doctors’ appointments), it will soon be time to get back on the road again for yet another planned event in PA followed by yet another trip to CT.

However, during both these trips, events happened that have caused me to wake during the night in a quite pensive mood about this time of our lives. During the first trip, we received news that my brother-in-law who was one year younger than me had passed. His health had been failing these last few years and for over a year before his passing he had been going through kidney dialysis treatments three times a week.

Then, yesterday while on this second leg of our summer long adventure we learned that a close cousin had passed and she was only 78 years of age (two years older than I am).  Both situations have found me thinking about our own mortality? While we (my wife and I) attempt to live a healthy life style and for the most part do not have too many health issues (let’s face it – we all have some), none of them have caused us to become hospitalized or put on any long-range treatment plans (i.e. – dialysis treatment as mentioned above).

But, the passing of two relatives so closely when they were both in our age bracket does make one sit up and take notice that – we are not immortal.  Eventually our time will come. The thing is – can we change the future? At this late date, can we incorporate into our lives changes that will enable us to “beat the odds” and live to a fairly “ripe old age?”

The “proof is in the pudding” so to speak. “You cannot be sure that you have succeeded until you have examined the results of your efforts.” Only by taking the time now to change, if necessary, one’s eating habits, exercise habits, and so forth will we be able to live – hopefully – to a “ripe old age” so to speak and thus avoid the fate recently experienced by our loved ones.

Although we all know that there is no “avoidance” of such an event.


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