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Dying Well

Saturday, March 16, 2013

How is this NOT going to seem morbid? It's not intended so; thinking about this and planning what to write has cheered and encouraged me this week. But still...
Our fearless leader GreasyJoan of Team Eclectic Readers asked a while back how life will be different when we reach our goal weight. SP motivational articles talk about having a vision statement etc. So what will my future be like? I've been thinking about that lots, and have to admit - I have no clue!
The future is always the undiscovered country. The future as a thin person doubly so, to me. I can make plans, but life has taught me not to hold too tight to them; everything can slip out from under in a heartbeat.
One aspect of the future, though, is certain. I will die someday. So let's start with that - not what will life be like as a thin person, but what will death be like?
I'm planning to die as well as I possibly can.
Among the leading causes of death in the US are heart disease, lung disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, accidents, and pneumonia. Every healthy choice I make - eat the right food, in the right amount; exercise regularly; get enough sleep; reduce stress - has a direct influence on my odds of dying from one of those things.
I plan to not die from hypertension or complications of diabetes, or from COPD.
With luck and persistence, I could die at 90 while white-water rafting (a friend of mine died so; she was 70). Or a meteor could hit my house. Or a sink-hole could swallow me.
But, if I have some time, & live every day healthier than the day before, when that final day comes it will find me HEALTHY. I will die well.
Who knows - perhaps this whole death thing can be postponed indefinitely!

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    Truthful and funny blog. I do not give it much thought ....I guess I'd say I want to go in my sleep over age 100. But in the meantime I want to live as a healthy person, not experience the demise of ageing.
    1803 days ago
  • STR458
    1881 days ago
    Dying well can be a sort of strange work of art. I may be very odd, but old age and diseases of various stages of progress have given me the greatest incentive I have ever had to "die well". It's not because I want to prolong my life idiotically nor because I want to "leave a beautiful corpse" (that ship sailed around the time that Nixon resigned). I want to be in a state where I can get up when I fall down or where I can make do without depending on the medical/industrial/cadaver/carbohyd
    rate complex overly much.

    We cannot make precise plans but we can make the plans that are most acceptable to us.
    1923 days ago
    I don't think it was morbid. I want to die in my sleep. Have already had 2 kinds of cancer and beat them. So I think the hard part is over and now I just have to enjoy getting healthy and see what comes. Our life is what we make it or at least how we perceive it.

    I started this slogan so that people would know there is hope and that they are not alone in this journey.

    "hands across spark people...season of hope"

    I hope to spread this message all over everyones page. I hope it catches on and everyone leaves a message of hope in at least one blog a day to make people realize they are not alone.
    1923 days ago
  • ANDY_54
    Love the sentiment in this blog! I hear so much about one's future already being written--I tend not to believe it, there can be positive changes! Thanks for the post!
    1924 days ago
  • ANNIE924
    Dying well is a great goal, thank you for your thoughts on this. I hadn't considered my Spark journey from this perspective. Thank you, this is very thought provoking.

    1924 days ago
    The father of a friend of mine had a fall and was gone within a day or two. Your first impulse is to say how sorry you are for their loss. But with this person I knew I could speak my mind and said how sorry I was for his loss and how great it was that his dad went when he did. If he'd lived, his rapidly advancing dementia would have soon been a terrible trial for everyone and the broken bones from the fall would have left him in a wheelchair. I often think of death in terms of timing and luck. After watching 'Amour' last week the desire to go quickly and with no fuss is foremost in my mind. Probably my biggest motivating factor for weight loss is the desire to stay in functioning good health as long as possible. I don't think it's morbid in the least. I think it's responsible and admirable when a person faces these questions. I've never read any statistics but I'd guess that at the age of 62 I've probably already outlived a huge percentage of my forebears.
    1924 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    I really and sincerely appreciate your blog.

    Very nice!

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    1924 days ago
    I had to take the time to read your blog tonight as I prepare to leave this weekend to see my mother who is 93 years young who is having surgery on Monday morning. She has lived well. She is not sad and doesn't want me to be sad. I've always been the heavy one in the family and that always concerned her. I know that dying well is what I strive for. We are all on the same journey and will meet the same destination one day. Like you, I want to do it well.
    Thanks for the great perspective.
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    1924 days ago
    love the thought of dying white water rafting!
    1924 days ago
    Great way to think about things.
    1924 days ago
    good thoughts there. I'm not planning to die at all.
    1924 days ago
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