What Getting Closer to Death Has Taught Me About Life

December 3, 2014 4:41 PM

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Before I turned 50, I thought death happened to other people. I knew I was supposed to die someday, but the prospect seemed more conceptual than a reality. That changed once my age started with a "5." There was something about turning 50 that made me realize I was now one of those other people death would eventually claim.

Most of the time, I don't feel my age. I've been the same weight, give or take five pounds, since I was a teenager. I tend to date younger men. And I'm an avid exerciser: I've done some combination of jogging, hiking, yoga, weight-training and Pilates for the past three decades. Other than the toll ...

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