Sunday

No One Gets Out Alive

The "D" word comes to mind to most of us with more frequency as we get older. When you are a kid or a teenager, you don't usually think about dying - you have not really started living yet! My heart always hurts when I hear of young people passing away before their time. 


As time goes by, the truth that most of your life is already behind you starts to sink in. Whether you believe in an existence after death or not, the practical upshot is that at some future point we will not be here anymore, except in the memories of family and friends, and maybe in photos and couple of YouTube or Facebook videos.

Both my younger brother and sister have already passed away (too young, both of them), so you can be sure I am well aware of my own mortality - although perhaps perversely, it's not something that I choose to dwell upon. It will happen when it happens, so I try to stop and smell the roses while I can.

Roses are nice...
Boomer icon Steve Jobs, who died in 2011 at 56, had this to say about death: “No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It's life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”

The older we get, the more apparent the reality becomes: We are all going to die someday. But how do boomers feel about death and dying? To find out, I surveyed some.

Each had a singular view. But for the most part, I learned, with age comes a willingness to think more seriously about what it means to live with the idea that the end is, if not necessarily near, then closer than it used to be.
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