I have noticed for a long time now, and not just on this forum either, that people seem to be on a never ening quest to remain ageless.
I mean, nearly every day, something or other comes out from the medical or scientific world that there has been some new discovery as to what causes
cancer - that's I guess the most talked about. I have heard it range from everything to burned bacon, to smoking, to using deodorant and more.
There are also plenty of new anti-aging products coming on the market nearly every day, also. And tips on how to keep your choleseral down, stave off
heart disease, the problem of obesity, etc... you name it, and they've got it - basicly how to live a longer, healthier life.
But how many have thouht about the very simple bottom line. We were not meant to live forever. No matter what, something
, regardless of what
it is is absolutely going to kill each and every one of us eventually. That is a fact! We all know it, however, it seems as if few want to
acknowledge one of the most fundamental facts of life.
It it the length of the lifetime so much more important than the quality of the life?
I guess that is a question that each individual must answer for themselves before deciding on choosing by what they have read, heard, and what their
doctor(s) have told them is the most healthy way to live a long life, much of which entails strict diets, exercise programs, who knows what else - or,
living a lifestyle of their own choosing. One that may at least in part go against the grain of what we are taught will prolong our life, but what
life they do have is of a much higher quality because they are not consumed with all of the above, ie: eating food that is considered "healthy",
excercising when really, they might prefer sitting in front of the TV with their favorite snack, etc....
I know of two opposite examples of this: My Paternal Grandmother, and my Maternal Grandmother.
My Paternal Grandmother was a constant "worry wort". She regularly went to have her yearly physical, took lots of rx medications. Actually had a
schedule made out of when she was to take a bowel movement, drank prune juice at a specific time every day to ensure that thiswould happen on
schedule, watched her cholesteral very carefully, went for a daily walk, at a set time, for a set length, would adamently avoid any place that there
might even have ever had cigarette smoke in it, etc.... I can't remember what all else she did, but most all of it was based on what her doctor(s)
had advised. She had a stroke at the age of 71, causing her whole left side of her body to be completely unuseable, and eventally passed on at the
age of 76.
My maternal grandmother, on the other hand, was the most happy-go-lucky person I've ever met. She loved her whole milk, real butter, rich cream in
her coffer, loved her cigarettes, loved to curl up on the couch with her dog and watch the soap operas. She would have none of that "crap" she so
called the advise of her doctor or anyone else. She rarely got sick, never seemed to worry about anything. However, at the age of approximately 81,
she developed Alzheimers and had to finally be put into a nursing home. Shortly before she would have lost absolute control of her memory,
recognition of loved ones, etc.... she opted to sign a waiver (I think it was called a waiver) stating that she no longer wished to continue on as not
the person she had been, did not wish to be a burden, etc.. - someting to that effect, and requested that the nursing home withhold food and water
from her. After signing that, she died 5 days later from Kidney failure, as a result of her request. She was 83 at the time.
IMO, both grandmothers carried their beliefs to an extreme. But I do believe that each of them had the right to make their own decisions as adults
regarding their health.
However, I can't help but wonder what is really the good of all this money spent on research on how to stay healthier for longer, when in the long
run, the truth of the matter is that somday, in some way, we are all going to die - of something. So, sometimes I feel, IMHO that way too much time,
money and worry is spent over trying to determine just what will be the cause and when that will be, rather than enjoying the life we are given, for
the length of time we are given it.
Mod Edit: Caps in title
[edit on 4-4-2006 by kinglizard]