“As long as you have your health,” they said, “you have everything.”
As we age we come to know how true that simple statement is.
In our youth, we took everything for granted –– family, education, friends, safety, material things that led toward a life with endless possibilities.
Then as we soared through our 20s and 30s, we hit our stride and saw the world in that magical blur of marriage and children and success on every level.
Those were the days when we casually filled out the forms at the doctor’s office for our annual physical without having to check any of those “have you ever had” boxes. Actually, we hardly read them. And in truth, we didn’t even know what they were.
In our 40s and 50s, perhaps, an accident could throw us off course, land us in the hospital where they fixed things and warned us to be careful. But perhaps we didn’t bounce back as quickly as before. Maybe the pain lingered longer than expected.
Then, if you’re lucky, you live long enough to retire and look forward to the “golden years” you’ve so rightfully earned. But those aches and pains are suddenly chronic, and you’re taking a handful of pills every night and can’t remember what they’re for.
This is when you recall those words your grandparents said back in the beginning –– “As long as you have your health, you have everything.”
By: Ken Burger, former Post and Courier sports columnist and local author. Reach Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org.