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Over 60...and Getting Younger: October 2, 2009

The Necessary Unpleasantries of Life

There are daily, minor annoyances that we face as citizens of the world. Some people do not mind them but others revel in them. Examples:

Fasting – Not eating for 24 hours does not seriously affect dieters. “It cleans out your system!” they say. It is an exercise in self-denial. But most individuals love their toasted bagel (and a schmear) and coffee every morning. Feeling holy and repentant is another by-product of fasting. The gnawing, empty sensation tests our ability to persevere but still we carry on. The breaking of a fast is a magical experience. “I did it!” are the words of accomplishment.

Paying Bills – Personally, I always have loved paying bills. I was thankful that I had enough cash in my checking account to manage. I completely understand not being enamored of bill-paying, but there is a certain satisfaction to covering your expenses. Much like fasting, it is almost a spiritual catharsis. I love the feeling of being on an even keel with the world.

Attending Funerals – Paying respect and honoring our bygone friends and relatives is a somber act of reverence. On the other hand, it is painful and usually very sad. It is an inevitable fact of life (and death) and important sign of admiration for the deceased.

Paying Taxes – How can our glorious United States of America continue to protect its 300 million citizens without collecting taxes? State taxes are collected for policemen and our beautiful parks. Our freedoms are at stake in a world where evil and totalitarianism exist. Pay your taxes and enjoy our magnificent democracy.

These are the daily challenges and satisfaction of life. They are unpleasant but necessary.