This is not my typical upbeat post, but something I need to say. I'm being selfish – this one's for me.
A few recent posts have prompted this post; I've been trying to figure out how to express it for some time. Some of us may actually be on borrowed time (as opposed to the common view that we will die early). We may have had earlier experiences which could have resulted in our deaths, but for some reason that did not happen. Maybe it was so that we could accomplish something – raise a family for example, be an example, help someone. Whatever it was, we need to fulfill our “pay forward” debt for our extended lives, not bemoan “It's not fair.”
Don't worry, I'm not giving up for a long time, until I see the sign on Hercules' river that says “Waterfalls Ahead” or the one that says “Road Ends ¼ mile Ahead” or Brünnhilde (aka “the fat lady”) is just offstage ready for her aria in Götterdämmerung. My hymn now is “How Great Thou Art” not “Shall We Gather at the River”.
Anyone eligible for resections: I'm envious of the gift you have been given, not jealous. I rejoice in every bit of your good news posts. It helps me more than you will ever know. Do one thing for all of us: live life to the fullest and help each other to do the same. For everyone else, accept the cards we have been dealt and live one day at a time, doing the best we can, as long as we can.