Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 45 Posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1012 times:
Here's a morbid question that me and the fellow co-workers just threw around:
Do you want to live to be old, or do you want to go out quickly?
No, I do not mean taking the dirt nap at 30. I'm still referring to old versus very old lives.
Which would you prefer?
Living to say 70 or 75-and dropping dead one morning, but still in more or less full command of all mental and physical functions, and have lived an active life right to the end?
Living to say 95 or 100, but the last 10 or 15 of those years were spent in a wheelchair, you've become incontinent, your mind is slowly deteriorating, but you've lived a decade or more beyond your "expectancy"?
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 45
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 971 times:
Well, actually to some degree, you do have a choice.
True, you're going to die eventually, there is no way around that.
Some people live on oat bran and granola, and exercise 5 hours a day. They are eternally paranoid about counting calories, ihaling smoke, etc. They're still going to die eventually. They tend to be the ones that eventually end up in the second group.
The first group tends to be the people who enjoy their steak, their cigars, and if they exercise, fine. But if they skip a day, they don't get in a fit about it.
True, they're more likely to be felled by a stroke or heart attack, but they don't walk around worrying about it.
Heavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 950 times:
I want to die like my Grandfather. 89 years old, had his full funtion, wits and his drivers license until the end. Spent his last day on Earth one quiet summer a few years ago going to Home Depot, visiting his GREAT-grandkids, watching the Red Sox on tv and retiring to bed with a book.
My aunt found him the next morning with the book folded across his chest and his chin down like he had fallen asleep. You can't ask for any better end then that, I think.
Jetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 4 months 4 weeks ago) and read 816 times:
Oops, I see that Jetservice beat me to it. (It would probably help it I read all of the posts before adding my 2 cents.) Oh well then, I guess that I'd like to be shot by a jealous husband when I'm 98 years old.
CPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4838 posts, RR: 23
Reply 21, posted (13 years 4 months 4 weeks ago) and read 812 times:
My grandmother died last month and I hope I don't go the same way she did. For the last four years of her life she could barley get out of bed, she was very weak from severe skin cancer. She was reccomended to proceed with additional surgery this May but she declined it and died on the 9th of September. However, she did get one thing that she wanted...she had homecare nurses visit three times per day and she never had to leave her house.
I hope that I still enjoy life on the day that I die.