Life Is Uncertain.

I had to wait for quite some time before I could post this article on my blog. You will understand the reasons for the delay as you come to the end of the post.

Cheerful Monk wrote this in her post Life Is Uncertain six weeks ago.

“Rummuser’s recent post reminds me of the T-shirt I wore years ago when our organization was about to downsize. It said,

Life is uncertain so eat dessert first.

Unfortunately Qannik over at The Thundering Herd is on a diet and can’t do that. So he smells the flowers instead.

That works too!

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I responded to this post with the comment:  “My inner Guru says, why either or? Use both.”

The Monk responded: “What does your doctor say? ?”

And I responded to that question with: “My doctor, as you probably remember from my older posts is also a dear friend. He says, that I am now living on “Bonus” time and might as well have fun while I can. He is an old fashioned GP who believes that human beings were not engineered to live to suffer and die in old age as they now do.”

And there lies the reason for the delay. In May I had a lot of problems with my health, the most annoying being the pain in the shoulder. I found an Indian remedy for it and it seemed to work a great deal better than just the exercise routine and I happily went off to Delhi on a short vacation. I fell ill there with Delly Belly and cut short my vacation to return to my comfort zone.  It has taken all this time since then for me to be able to say that I am now back to my 2013 level of fitness. I have started to take walks every evening and the visits to the park have now reignited old friendships and fun and my doctor friend says that the chances are that I will most likely have a trouble free death unless I get into some unforeseen problem.   In any case, since I am on bonus time, I have decided to enjoy the uncertainties as well.  So, yes, there is uncertainty but tempered with quite a bit of certainty as well.

I can do both now.

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28 Responses to Life Is Uncertain.

  1. tammy j says:

    i am a dyed in the wool worrier. even though i know it’s pointless.
    i’ve tried to stop. believe me i have.
    but it’s like eating one potato chip apparently.
    i’m so glad to know all this about you AFTER the fact.
    i would have worried.
    i ‘felt’ something was not right. but couldn’t put my finger on it.
    you didn’t post as much. and there was simply a difference.
    good health is everything.
    i’m so glad yours has returned dear rummy!
    it’s not that i want to live forever. i just want to feel good in the meantime!
    tammy j recently posted..two leos

  2. Maxi says:

    Your story made my day, Rummy. Anything that makes the heart smile is a great day. So glad you are doing well.
    blessings ~ maxi
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  3. shackman says:

    Problem with that tee shirt is the longer you live and foollow it;s precedpt the more likely you are to have issues laater if your lucjk hold – LOL. Such irony.
    Glad to hear things are better. In this ibnstance living in the past is a good thing.
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  4. Looney says:

    Thanks to accidents I barely avoided when I was young, I have been on “bonus” time for most of my life.

    Keep the exercises going!
    Looney recently posted..Capital, Volume I, by Karl Marx

  5. Linda P. says:

    Looney makes a good point. If I had not lived in this century, neither I nor my oldest daughter would likely have survived her (breech) birth, and second daughter wouldn’t have been conceived. I could consider myself living on bonus time from that time forward. Or, when my breast cancer was diagnosed earlier than my mother’s had been, and I survived that, I could have considered myself living on bonus time. But what I really considered bonus time was when I lived past my 45th birthday. My mother died due to her breast cancer on her 45th birthday.

    I’m glad that you are currently living more comfortably on bonus time, resetting your clock back to 2013. I’m glad you’re feeling better. You have a lot to offer to all of us.

  6. Mother says:

    Life and death are both full of uncertainty. In the moments when I am at peace with that, I am my most happy. Then the next uncertainty looms on the horizon and I must practice again.
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  7. Living on bonus time is much better than living on borrowed time. I am happy that you lived a good life to receive a bonus. We, your readers, are the true beneficiaries.

    Stay blessed, Ramu bhaiya.
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  8. I’m glad things are going well for you again, especially that you can resume your evening walks. I was sad when you wrote you could no longer go on them. I still love that picture of you walking with your friend.
    Cheerful Monk recently posted..Little Thingies in the Head

  9. Steph says:

    Well wishes for you, dear sir. Bonus time is great time, even when life is uncertain. I try to remind myself of that axiom often. When my ability to balance between the past and the future begins to wane, I pause and breathe. I usually go find a window to gaze at the sky. I focus on the horizon. Yes, my circumstances may change at any moment. I may create that change or not. It is only in the present for when I find certainty.
    Steph recently posted..Fishy Love—A Hearty Tale for Two

  10. nick says:

    “Life is uncertain so eat dessert first”. Absolutely. Do what you’ve always wanted to do before it’s too late to do it. If you postpone all those exciting plans until you’re retired, or some “ideal time” in the future, suppose you drop dead first? Then you’ve just missed out.

    So keep enjoying your bonus time while you have it!
    nick recently posted..Star-struck

  11. Grannymar says:

    This aging lark is not for wimps!

    As one of my grandnieces said to her father: “You have to die Grandad, to make room for new babies!” Like me he is still motoring on and may you do so for many a year yet!
    Grannymar recently posted..Silent solace

  12. Cathy in NZ says:

    well it seems that the bonus i just got was the original prediction of “6 weeks minimum” for getting plaster casts off is not going to happen…got the cast off today 3 days earlier than the minimum predicted!!

    okay, we aren’t done with it yet but we are in the next stage – yay

  13. I’m so glad to hear that you have bounced back – a little higher, by the sounds of it!
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