Too Old In 2016? Ha!Submitted by Chris Cheapjackski on Tue, 11/06/2012 - 19:06
On October 6th my grandmother had a stroke in her sleep and was found the next morning by my uncle.
She was moved to a hospice facility and died on Oct. 13 - one day after her 93rd birthday.
In the week prior to her stroke she had:
-gone to church twice
-attended a church council meeting as a senior council member
-sung in the choir and attended choir practice
-attended her water aerobics class to stay 'in-shape'
-hosted 2 dinner parties for which she cooked for about a dozen people
-witnessed the gospel of Jesus Christ to probably 50 people
-made dozens of phone calls to her friends and family everywhere just to make sure they were ok.
At her funeral service I spoke to those gathered and told them that if grandma - Alice - had a motto for her life, it would have to have been the famous words of James Dean's film character who said 'live fast, die young, and leave a good looking corpse'.
Live fast - Grandma never slowed down for a second. I remember saying to her once 'grandma, you should slow down' and she just laughed.
Die young - Her body may have gotten old but her spirit never did. She was already to have a good time or hear a nice clean joke.
Leave a good looking corpse - not just her body itself which had never known earthly poisons like alcohol, nicotine, or even coffee, but also her 'corpus', the body of works she had accomplished in long life.
I only told her to slow down once, and after that I knew it would do no good to do so anymore. Her life was hers to live and she never stopped living for one second. She might have said, and would certainly have agreed, that you're either busy living or busy dying.
What's my point?
Well, my point is that a lot of people are saying things like 'Ron Paul is too old to be president, he'd be 80 years old if he ran again in 2016, leave the man alone, let him rest, let him stop working and enjoy his retirement'.
These sentiments are well-intentioned, of course. And it is true that we should all be our own leaders and not depend on one man to do the work that should be on all of us.
But ultimately it isn't our decision to make.
My grandmother only saw the inside of a retirement home when she would go there to sing and share the gospel. Nobody in her family ever tried to put her in a home because they knew she would have made a rope out of bedsheets, escaped out the window, washed and pressed the sheets and returned them the next day.
I don't know the mind of Ron Paul, nobody does. But I have this feeling, just a feeling mind you, that we don't have to worry about him coming back in 2016, because he's never going to go away, and nobody can make him. Campaign For Liberty will continue, Texas Straight Talk will likely continue in some format, the Mises Institute lectures will continue.
And I'll bet he's even got his eyes on one of the new 2013 Schwinns.
Too old in 2016? I doubt it. Ask me again when the man turns 93.