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  •  I'll be joining that club this summer. (8+ / 0-)

    I find my attitudes are changing as I get older.  While I still don't think of myself as nearly 50, I find it hard to think I'm even in my 40's.  Late 30's seems about right.  Time does seem to go by quicker these days, though I read somewhere that it's likely a result of having fewer new experiences, so the brain doesn't grow as many new nerve memory pathways.  Anyway, my thoughts on how I am and how I will be remembered are changing as I grow closer to retirement and that will be the next major change (hopefully when I decide to, and not for some cutback at my company) in my life.  No kids to mark time by, but I do have woozles and a pootie, along with my wife (who was a grandmother when I married her, but she's estranged from her kids so I've never met them).  I feel fortunate I have a nice place to spend the rest of my life in - my "forever" home.  Hopefully I don't wind up having to leave it for some managed care location some day.  I can see myself on my back deck at some point, just sitting out there until someone walking by notices the old man has a sparrow's nest in his hair and has lost an awful lot of weight.  Then they can come, find my will, and dispose of me and my possessions as specified.

    •  That's quite a picture, ColoTim! (1+ / 0-)
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      I join you in hoping your retirement is a result of your own will and not external factors. This economy has kicked my ass so hard, I can't see myself ever being able to retire. Your life seems comfortably stable, something I've always wanted but never quite managed to achieve. Although since marrying my husband, I've had the most stability I've ever had.

      Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead. ~K. Vonnegut

      by Greek Goddess on Thu May 16, 2013 at 02:21:20 PM PDT

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