It has been just over a week since my 65 year old brother-in-law unexpectedly dropped dead of a heart attack. We are all trying to make sense of this event. Since my BIL is only 9 years older than I am, his death has really shaken me to the core. These days, most of us expect to live into our 80's and 90's, so when someone dies at 65, it scares the hell out of those of us a few years younger. I have a 10 year old kid, and I am hardly even a grown-up, yet, and now I have to think about the possibility of dying?
Should I become a raw food vegan to increase my odds of living longer or should I just live on bacon and enjoy myself since you never know when "your number is up?" I really didn't expect to have to think about this stuff so soon. I do hope that taking care of myself will pay off; I walk 3 miles every day, I don't drink or smoke, I try and eat healthy foods most of the time and I drink 8 glasses of water every day. Our genetic make-up does play a role in our life expectancy; however, there are some people who just have dumb luck and can abuse their bodies and still live a long life. There are others who take great care of themselves and die of an aneurysm at age 41. That doesn't seem fair, but who said life is fair, anyway.
I guess I will no longer put things off, thinking I have all the time in the world to do them. You just don't know what life or death has in store for each of us.
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