So this week I have decided to go deep into the cycle of Life. Yep that’s is correct the deepest one can go with the mind of a 42 year old and the attention span of an 8 year old. We have found this year that we have lost a lot of friends, family and colleagues to disease and we have found that these people are dying a lot younger than one would expect to die. So I sit back through the tears and wonder why this is happening. Why life is so cruel and why it is happening to those who we love and support through life.
Without sounding mean or derogatory why is it that my friends in their 40’s and 50’s are dying but my parents friends in there 80’s are not? Why is it that my head even thinks that way? I don’t want to see anyone die but it is like a good Cricketer you want them to hang around until at least the century and you never want to see them out early on in an innings. You don’t want to see this cricketer suffer pain and injury during their lower score but even if you do you want them to get the 100.
So why is it these days that a lot of people are living a lot older but also a lot of people are dying younger? Is it the hormones in the chicken? IS it that a lot of old people have consumed so much booze that they half embalmed themselves from the inside and they have found the secret to Cocoon? (Young people will not understand that reference) so for those reading under 25 Cocoon was a movie in the 1980’s Actually you could have just asked Mr Google to answer
“Cocoon - Oscar-winning fantasy in which the residents of a Florida rest home get a new lease of life when they stumble across an alien "fountain of youth" in a disused holiday home. Unbeknown to them, aliens have been using the swimming pool in the house to store their cocooned brethren, giving the waters a powerful, rejuvenating quality.
Initial release: June 21, 1985”
Anyway here are my thoughts on why people die younger but live older.
The live older thing is easy as per above Embalming from the inside! The dies earlier is a lot more in depth. I believe that we are actually living two – three items quicker than our older counterparts. So when you turn 50 you have actually lived 100 years. So let me explain. Back in the day there were no mobile phones and technology was not so instant. You used to get the 6pm news and maybe the radio news once a day. Back things were no so frantic and you did not wear a bracelet that told you the 10,000 steps a day mark has been hit. We took our time, people were patient and people did not expect an answer within seconds. Back then when you wanted money out of your bank account you took your passbook into the branch and waited in line for the teller to fill the book in manually and then hand over the money. To get a high you used to have to go to the local pub and have a beer or wine or one of the three spirits on tap.
Today people look at a text message 98% of the time within 30 seconds of it arriving, people surf Social media at least 4-5 times a day. People are alerted every second to what is happening. People expect things to happen instantaneously and you can even get money out of the bank just with a mobile phone and an ATM. We are living at a speed of 1000 miles an hour and we are not stopping to take a break. We have technology in our faces for about 60-75% of the day. There are more mobiles phones on the planet then people, there are more drugs on the street that have been made by technological advances that are killing people or making them go mad.
There is only on person to blame for this and that is (no not Steve Jobs) it is the person you see when you look in the mirror each and every day (or the phone when taking a selfie) it is you and it is me! We all make decisions in life and these are having a negative effect on all of us. We all want it and we want it now.
So lets ask the Questions What if???
What if we slowed down?
What if we still had to get up off the couch to answer the phone on the wall in the kitchen?
What if we actually got out of the house and played some sport and not on a games console?
What if we actually went to work at 9 and finished at 5 and had an hour for lunch?
What if we then went home to a nice cooked meal of actual meat and vegetables?
What if Life was enjoyed again at a pace that is not actually killing us?
So many questions and one simple answer
Why not take it a bit easier, put down the phone, iPad or computer (irony is this is on a blog) and talked to the famil?
Why not enjoy the time we have left because no matter what you never know when it is going to be gone