Once upon a time, our entire lives were ahead of us.
Now, increasingly, they are in our rear view mirrors.
Many of us of a "certain age" are caregivers for elderly parents, or former caregivers (because they have passed on).
My situation isn't typical.
My parents passed away when I was relatively young (I was 12 for my Mom, and 33 for my Dad). I never knew my Mom as an adult, but, on the other hand, I never had to see her age.
But, I am one of several caregivers for my mother in law, who is a nonagenarian, and for my autistic brother in law, who is close to the beginning of his senior years. So I am getting to see our system from two different angles - the angles of the treatment of old age, and the treatment of those with developmental disabilities who are aging.
And I am getting to see my mother in law age. I’ve known her for 47 years.
I see the coming attractions and I want to yell out "no thank you, I don't want to be part of this movie! Get me out of the theater!" But then I consider the alternative.
I am also seeing a part of the health care system that I haven't before.
So, as a blogger, what do I do?
Perhaps I just roll along, trying to find the beauty in life, and make the best of it.
Just like many of us are.