WordPress Daily Prompt:10 January

Do you want to live forever?

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No. I most certainly don’t. Unless someone invents the Fountain of Youth why would I want to live on growing more frail and possibly losing control of my bodily functions and my mind? I’d end up being cared for by strangers in an institution and frankly I’d rather be dead than lose my freedom of choice.

Why would I want to outlive every person I ever knew?

Although I try not to dwell on it I worry about the future. Life is getting more expensive for the average person now. What will it be like in twenty, thirty or fifty years let alone a hundred? I don’t think I can afford to live forever.

I also don’t think I want to see what the world will be like if we keep going as we are. Climate change may make life so much more difficult for all of us with more fires and floods, storms and droughts. There is the ever present threat of nuclear war as one country threatens to dominate its neighbours and I’m not talking about a specific country here, there will always be lunatic leaders who want more power.

Sour old lady

Even if we avoid those things I think I will not accustom myself to new ways very easily. There are a lot of things that are popular today that I don’t like, music, movies, architecture, decorating styles, ugly Barbies, the fact that many people can’t spell.. I’m only going to get crankier as time goes on.

No. I hope to have a few more good years, a couple of decades if I’m lucky. I’ve had a good life and I’d rather quit while I’m ahead than end up as some relic of a past nobody cares about.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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