Seniors: Mortality’s Reminders

Mar 25th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It was” deja vu all over again,” to quote one of the immortals, Yogi Berra. With the passing of Elizabeth Taylor the other day, the drama of our own lives seems to be replayed. Remembering her and her movies, a ritual that engages us with all celebrities, pulls at our heart strings, sentiments, and awareness of the passage of time. Can it be we have lost another one with whom we shared life, if only on the screen?

Every year around December 31, the roll call is repeated of the ones we knew and now have faded from the scenes of our own lives. And, every time, we mourn their passing, for it is, albeit, a recognition of our own imminent demise. It is said that Liz, a name she deplored, outlived her obituary writer, as did Bob Hope. Perhaps all of us would like to do that. But, for most of us, our’s hasn’t been composed yet.

These reminders of heroes and heroines who come our way and share their lives, through words and images created by others, remind us starkly of how much has transpired and what little may be left.

It is a reminder to live it fully, this thing called life. It is a reminder to enjoy its gifts, both by and from others and just because we love life. It is a reminder to pack way some more recollections and begin by developing others. Irreplacable memories are still ours to enjoy.

Living our lives vicariously, however, is not enough. Picking up from the now and marching toward what’s to come is the best gift of all. Our lives, like those whom we so enjoyed, are best lived out with the attitude Elizabeth Taylor expressed, when refusing to write her own memoirs. She said, no thank you, “I’m still living mine.”



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