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A Treatise on the Later Stage of Life

…dedicated to YOU, the reader, who needs all the understanding and encouragement available to make it through another day, week, month, or more? This writing is not fiction, though stranger than fiction it might be. Just sincere candor, as it happened, as it is going on… And, regardless of your age, you may see yourself in this story as well.

Big Bang

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I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had 63+ exceptional years of marriage to a wonderful woman, Hildegard, before she passed away when I was 85. And I have now been blessed with a new beginning: over one year and a couple of months later, on my 87th birthday, I married a younger Fijian beauty, Meredani.

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It’s all happened before…

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Yes, there is nothing new about couples marrying with an age difference of 40 years or more. Here are just a few of the more prominent individuals who were married that way:

Age Difference: 40 Years
Pablo Picasso… to Françoise Gilot

41 Years
Clint Eastwood… to Erica Tomlinson-Fisher

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Engage with today

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Actually there are plenty of chances for new beginnings in one’s daily existence as well, regardless of your stage in life. Boundless opportunities to live joyfully and to be fully connected with people and your environment, whether in a more local community or within the world community. As Heraclitus (pre-Socractic Greek philosopher) said, “change is the only constant,” so embracing change is the only way to grow and evolve.

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So tell me about it!

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If I talk about my creaky joints, hurting back, poor hearing, diminishing eye sight, slower mental recall, inability to hold water when I’m laughing too hard, and yet more I don’t dare tell you – are these not making me “old”? Or worse: Do I need to deny that I am deteriorating and pretend I’m as good as the younger folks?

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So, how do we want to be defined?

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Well, not as a species which is exercised to exhaustion while all vital signs are strong, and then let out to pasture and to fade away in due course. No. That may be the practice for horses, but because we are capable of and should be in charge of how we are filling our time intelligently, we should be able to do way better.

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The later stage of life is unavoidable

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I turned 16 on May 7, 1945, one day before Germany surrendered to the Allies in World War II. I was a famished fugitive trying to escape the Russian onslaught. Exhausted and cold, I cowered in a ditch on the side of a road leading to the American front line and tried to recoup somewhat, and prayed that God would allow me to live until the ripe old age of 32. Yes, 32.

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Can you or can you not remarry when?

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After the death of a spouse, what are the rules for remarriage of the survivor?

Well, according to certain religions, that depends on the survivor’s gender and/or the rules these religions have established.

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Expectations make ALL the difference

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Everybody knows that people who see themselves as victims of circumstances beyond their control can be anxious or easily depressed, while those who own up to whatever they are doing or going through usually are not.

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