Do you read the news everyday? Do you get the news the old fashioned way in printed format, stuffed in a plastic bag which has been thrown somewhere near your back door?
Lack of Planning
This topic is near and dear to me, tugging at my heartstrings when I think about it.
This is a very personal story I am sharing with you.
My family owned, loved, and cared for a wonderful shingle covered and much weathered summer cottage. It is located on an island and is a place where I spent my summers growing up, molding into, and eventually becoming the person I am today.
This home was my summer haven for over forty years.
What are you more afraid of ? Dementia or death?
Honestly, I had never considered answering this question prior to posing this question to you now.
My mom used to tell me that it must be easy to "lose your mind" because you don't have any idea that you have lost it! Nonnie's correct of course, yet those that have the onset of dementia may not feel the same way.
Let's explore the relationship between Death and Dementia.
A good time to shop for a coffin is before you actually need one. This sounds a bit morbid doesn't it?
But let's compare this scenario to shopping for a new car or a wedding dress or a home.
Honestly, do you get the best deal when you shop last minute? Do you get what you want for a good value?
Start humming the famous Disney tune sung by Jiminy Cricket titled "When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you..."
Now start singing along with the fun loving bear Baloo in the infectious song titled "Bare Necessities" . Can you can tell that I am a big fan of Disney tunes?
Why do we spend our lives adding tangible personal property to the already large mountain of "stuff" and complexities in our lives, when ultimately we will reach a tipping point when we end up having to toss, discard, donate and downsize our objects and our lives in the end?
The word "crisis" congures up a plethora of definitions and sharp images that come to mind depending on one's life experiences, or what is headlined in our 24/7/365 stream of news reporting, or your own fruitful imagination as well as recalling your nightmare from last nights dream.
There are 4 million members of the NRA.
There are 240 million guns in the United States of America alone.
It is not my intention to comment as to whether or not citizens have the right to bear arms, but it is my intention to have you think about what happens to your weapons, guns, or your gun collection, when you die.
Have you ever wondered what happens to all those boats floating in a harbor or docked at a marina when the owner dies?
What happens to the enormous fancy yachts that people live on as they cruise from port to port or sail across the oceans visiting foreign ports of call?
We all know that there are two inevitable things that are guaranteed in life: Death and Taxes.
So why is it that everyone prepares for their taxes every single year of their lives, but they do not prepare for death?
The word "death" alone is terrifying to some. Saying the word "death" or even thinking about death conjures up fear and unsettling thoughts and feelings.