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When Someone Not That Old Dies,,,

I was so surprised to open my laptop today and see the head line news in my inbox about rock singer David Bowie has died. He had just turned age 69 and he had been battling cancer for 18 months and that is what killed him. I didn't know he was sick. But, as I grow older, as I have hit my early 50s and realize now that I have truly reached midlife, I start thinking that I am not that much younger than he was. I am around 18 years younger than he was. It makes me think how fragile life really is and how he was not old at all. I used to think (when I was much younger) that people in their 60s were old. Now, that I am in my early 50s, I realize people in their 60s are not old at all. I feel like if a person lives to be in their 90s, that is officially old.

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markgraham wrote on January 11, 2016, 12:23 PM

I think the same way when I read about Bowie.. I do not know for sure but if I make it to higher ages I plan to study and read as much as possible.

MegL wrote on January 11, 2016, 12:27 PM

I know that feeling. And by the time I reach my 90s I might not feel THAT is old either!

CoralLevang wrote on January 11, 2016, 12:41 PM

Before i learned of Bowie's passing, I wrote the words in my last post that time is only an illusion.
I think you are spot on here that age (and time) are all relative.

I want to see my mid-70s. If that could be possible, I will go then, without the fight now. emoticon :winking:

Nancee14 wrote on January 11, 2016, 12:50 PM

I guess he didn't reveal that he had cancer because he probably just wanted to deal with it privately with his family as he succumbed to it. Hope he had a peaceful passing.

indexer wrote on January 11, 2016, 12:58 PM

Speaking as someone in their 60s - no, I don't feel old but I appreciate the benefits that come from having a few years under my belt, such as free bus rides and prescriptions!

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 11, 2016, 1:06 PM

Yes I remember when some people seemed very old to me too.

lookatdesktop wrote on January 11, 2016, 1:27 PM

I am pushing 60. At 58 I know many people, younger even than myself who are gone forever from this world. I thank God for every day I have and my wife, who I love more than anyone on the planet. We both are working our way to what you consider to be real old age and not in any hurry to rush things along. lol emoticon :smile:

Rufuszen wrote on January 11, 2016, 3:32 PM

David Bowie's passing was the first thing I heard on the radio this morning. I never thought of him as old, or myself come to that!

LeaPea2417 wrote on January 11, 2016, 4:13 PM

Same here, I thank God for each day that I have lived.

LeaPea2417 wrote on January 11, 2016, 4:14 PM

Yes, I plan to do the same thing if I make it to the higher ages.

cheri wrote on January 11, 2016, 8:11 PM

I have read this from another post and it also saddened me

ViperGirl85 wrote on January 11, 2016, 11:56 PM

Life is definitely a precious thing, and Bowie was not old. It's sad to lose anyone at any age, but it really makes you think when it's someone who is young.