Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

The opening line of the Dylan Thomas poem is an inspiration for elderly people to keep living vital, active lives for as long as possible. The next two lines offer further incentive:

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Unfortunately, Dylan Thomas died an alcoholic at age 38. Therefore, do as he said with your life, not as he did with his. As I approach my 91st birthday, I endorse his positive theme more as each day goes by.

It doesn’t just apply to the elderly. Each of us has a very limited time on earth, and it should be lived to the fullest. In the long, long eons mankind has existed on this planet, a human life is comparatively just a very brief moment. Whether we die young or survive to old age, we’re all confined to that one all-too-fleeting lifetime. I believe we must make use of every day, hour and minute.

Of course, statistics indicate I have a very short time left. But so do many of today’s younger people. A drinker driving at high speed, pack-a-day smoker, heroin addict and insanely religious freak wearing a suicide vest.

Knowing your time is very limited, use it wisely and productively. Enjoy every moment, and leave the world a better place for those who come after you.

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