“One day you just wake up and discover that you got old while you were sleeping.” – “This is where I leave you” – by Jonathan Tropper
My cousin Richard. Three years older than I. What a guy. When I was 15, he was my hero.
He had a license and a car.
Did fun things like drive that old 49 Ford from the passenger side so it would look like nobody was driving that thing and other such nonsense.
Fun loving guy. Free spirit. Always so full of life.
Now, at 78, that guy is just hanging on. Waiting to die.
He never married and lives alone with his thoughts, memories, and a few health issues. Nothing fatal. Just annoying.
Here’s the rub. He’s ready to die. Any day. Right now.
His attitude just infuriates me. How can he be so casual about death?
I don’t want to die. Not now. Maybe in 500 years.
I have my demons. My health issues. But dying is not an option.
I won’t acknowledge it.
How is it possible to be so insouciant about one’s mortality?
I don’t get it.
“I hated that kind of reflex, to gloss over the scabs of a person’s life. No one was perfect, except in tragic death” – The Thirst by Jo Nesbo