A Stiff Upper Lip

We braved the icy wind this morning to pop into Peel to run a few errands.

It was not pleasant out there. I am sure a whole layer of skin has been scoured from my face.

We met an acquaintance of P's from his running club,  a very pleasant gentleman in his 70s who, P told me, has always been a good runner.

He has just downsized, with his wife, from tbeir former home of 40 years in a semi-rural area into a smaller place in town  to be closer to shops, bus routes and the GP surgery.  He told us, in a matter of fact way, that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer and is not likely to be around by the end of this year.  He was just off to meet with someone who has offered to take over his duties in a local motorcycle owners' club and is busy putting all his affairs in order.

Although he momentarily appeared slightly emotional I was amazed at his calm acceptance of his fate and the way he spoke about his plans.

I am not sure how I would be if I were in his situation.  


7 comments:

  1. I can never make my mind up what's best - knowing the future or not.

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    1. I agree. On the one hand you have the opportunity to plan ahead and get your affairs in order; do the things you want to before it's too late etc... However, is it better to just carry on in ignorance and just take it when it happens? I don't know.

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  2. Some people never get a chance to sort out their affairs before The Grim Reaper knocks on their door. In that way he is fortunate - though I would not wish lung cancer on anyone.

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    1. I suppose being able to sort everything out before you go is the one and only positive to hang on to.

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  3. Very difficult situation to be in, if that's the word for it but as its inevitable, so planning seems to enable some people to face it.. I don't know if I could.

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    1. I thought about it a lot when I got home afterwards. I can't imagine how I would feel. As you say, if you know that it is inevitable then I suppose making plans would be sensible.

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  4. He sounds like a very sensible person. Getting your affairs in order while you still can seems like a really smart thing to do; plus it would probably stop you brooding on your fate...
    xxx

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