cronechronicler

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Daily Prompt :The Time Is Now

on October 21, 2014

When did I realize I’m not immortal? What was my reaction?

I’ve never given immortality much thought. Nor do I think much about dying. My mother died when I was in my mid thirties, and my father two years later. They were in their mid sixties. When I passed that age marker myself I felt time open up with unlimited possibilities. My second husband and I accomplished the tasks of retiring – signing up for social security and our pensions, made wills, joined the cremation society and such. That was twelve years ago. Now we’re divorced and any joint plans we made are moot. I moved to live near my family and created a full, rich new life for myself. He remarried and is happy.

To me the present is what is real and dependable. I don’t bother with making long-range plans, aside from planning trips. I’m aware that I will die some day, but it seems a long way off. I’m in good health. I trust my body to the aging process and my soul to God. I grow more at peace as I age. I don’t think immortality is all it’s cracked up to be. I’m happy with today.


12 responses to “Daily Prompt :The Time Is Now

  1. Yes, live in the ‘real’ times now and enjoy the present – that is much of how I try to live too!

  2. lauzlau says:

    I enjoyed your words of wisdom, “the present is what is real and dependable.” 🙂

  3. Aquileana says:

    Wise words… Carpe Diem…
    Aquileana 😀

  4. vivachange77 says:

    Thanks. Lovely idea – carpe diem. 🙂

  5. Karuna says:

    Interesting. I also think it is important to live in the present but I take the attitude that tomorrow isn’t promised so make the most of today. Two roads to the same place I think…. thanks for writing this.

    • Karuna says:

      As of this month, I am also on social security! I look forward to receiving my first check……

      • vivachange77 says:

        Yes. It is a good feeling. Also being on Medicare. I’ve felt well supported by both for thirteen years. We are fortunate.

      • Karuna says:

        I’ve been on Medicare only for the year but I have been delighted by it. I was hospitalized once during that timer and Medicare and the Supplement paid for all of it. So different than my previous insurance. I am also glad that the hospital was paid for actual costs rather than inflated ones.

        When I was young we were told Social Security wouldn’t be there by the time we needed it. I am so glad that did not turn out to be true. I definitely feel very fortunate.

  6. carolyninjoy says:

    I am fortunate as well.

  7. vivachange77 says:

    Yes. The abundance of aging is a lovely surprise.

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