George Carlin, 1937 - 2008
Actor, Comedian, Author
"If it's true that we are all from the center of a star, every atom in each of us from the center of a star, then we're all the same thing. Even a Coke machine or a cigarette butt in the street in Buffalo, is made out of atoms that came from a star. They've all recycled thousands of times, as have you and I. So, if that is true, then I am EVERYWHERE in the universe, in an extended sense. And therefore, it's only ME out there. So what is there to be afraid of? What is there that needs solace seeking? Nothing! There is nothing to be afraid of because it's all us.”
Our deaths are preordained, but the timing and circumstances remain a mystery. Being fearful will only hurt your process, not help it.
We can manipulate the timeline and circumstances, but the moment of crossover from adult to senior or from life to death is quixotic and veiled.
We can excel in the moment; we can exercise our bodies and stress our minds to encourage plasticity and responsiveness, and we can make better the doing of activities of daily living. Do not go gentle!