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How Old Would You Like to Be When You Die?

  • Date Submitted: 03/12/2010 08:50 AM
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If you could determine the age at which you will die, but with no guarantees regarding health or money, how old would you like to be when you go? Explain.
Benjamin Franklin wrote, "'In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Death is inevitable. How and when we die remains the mystery, however if it became feasible to select the age that we would “meet our maker” then I would prefer to do so, at seventy-five years old.
There are various goals that I hope to accomplish, such as: graduate, join the military, get married, raise my children and grandchildren, and retire and travel the world. I believe that if I was able to live seventy-five years of my life, then I would have enough time to achieve these aspirations.
As we age, our immune system weakens which leaves many elderly susceptible to sickness and disease. Something as simple as the common cold can be detrimental to an older person’s health. Our security would soon depend on our mobility. Alzheimer’s disease, a common form of dementia characterized by the loss of mental ability, eventually occurs and with each year that passes, worsens.
Choosing to die at seventy-five years old gives me the opportunity to live a full life without being a burden to my loved ones.   I want to remain the person they want to spend time with rather than become an obligation on their list of “things to do.” I want to protect them from the hurt they would feel if I could not remember who they were.

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