At what age did you realize you were not immortal? How did you react to that discovery?
Im sorry, WHAT?! WHAT DO YOU MEAN I’M NOT IMMORTAL?! This is a joke, right?
I’m not entirely sure how old I was when this horrific disclosure was made to me, but I do remember that I was quite young. Both my grandmothers were still alive, and both my grandfathers had passed away before I was born.
I remember asking why grandpa didn’t live with nan anymore, and my parents explained to me that he had died before I was born. Mum told me that grandpa (dad’s side) saw mum (I think) either just before she got pregnant with me, or just after she fell pregnant, but he had passed before I was born, which is sad.
I wish I had’ve been able to meet both my grandfathers, especially on my mum’s side, just to see what he was like as a person.
I remember being told that Pop had just gotten old, and when you get too old, you die. I think that’s partially the reason why people absolutely detest the concept of growing old, or ageing with every birthday, because there’s always that acknowledgement that every birthday is another year older and another year older is another year closer to dying.
Okay, so maybe that’s not everybody’s viewpoint, but it’s one of mine. I still haven’t even managed to come to terms with the fact that I’ve somehow passed 30… I don’t want to be ‘in my thirties’. *ugh* I want to still be able to say I’m 26 or 27, and still be considered ‘young’, but even then there are people in their late twenties who have their lives sorted out… I’m 31 and I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.
Maybe I’ll come to that conclusion before I’m *gulp* 50. And then I’ll have a chance at a ‘career’ before I’m forced to retired when I’m 70.
And then I’ll die.