My mother led a very active life. She was a dancer.
My mother led a very active life well into her sixties. But then it caught up to her, as it does.
When you do something long enough, it starts to be a part of your self image.
I think my mother will always be someone who used to be a dancer. I think she feels like she's lost a part of herself.
And maybe she has.
In fact, I think the world lost a part of itself when my mother stopped dancing. I think if you look at the pictures of the Earth at night, around twenty-sixteen there's one less light gleaming, somewhere in the midwest.
But, everything ends.
We all will end, someday. We can give our money to medical research and read futurist magazines but the reality is everyone who is alive today will end, and there won't be any parts or portions or fractions about it.
And that's just something that, for our own lives, we have to accept.
Or not. To accept. Which is what it is.