With every passing day, it seems that life is getting better and better. Let me explain.
The days are filled with the acquisition of knowledge. The kind of knowledge that did not exist in my school days. The knowledge that was available in those prehistoric days was so limited it pales in comparison to today's cornucopia of advancements made lo these many years.
Thanks to technology, we are able to look into the body on the cellular level. Yeah, we knew about it then but, my goodness, to be able to clearly see a cell splitting in real time is incredible to this old dinosaur. Will wonders never cease?
Imagine how advanced science is that we may live long enough to see a cure to the cancers people are fighting. Researchers are advancing by leaps and bounds almost weekly, nay daily, as they take advantage of the technology that is available. Amazing
Treatments we are taking now for our cancer are keeping us alive longer each year. Did you know the length of effectiveness for the Sutent many take is now 26 months? In 2007 the time period was around 22 months.
Diagnosis is uncovering more diseases earlier thus saving lives that would have been cut short just ten years ago. Very reassuring eh what?
Every day as I walk across the college campus, I am thrilled to be surrounded by so many young people on the path of knowledge. Their spirit is infectious. Their innocence is touching and, their ability to dream even in these hard times is inspiring.
When I look into their eyes, I see the gleam of youth. They have yet to experience the pressures and hardships of life that can wear out a person and it is poignant in its beauty.
The instructors walk about the campus, some with the zest for life that teaching gives them. Some a little less so and it touches the heart of one who is usually the oldest in class to know they are losing their ability to enjoy themselves while they exert such a profound influence on so many lives.
Makes me want to grab them by the shoulders and shout in their faces, "Wake up! You have to live like you mean it! If you aren't happy, then do something to change it because you don't get a second chance in this life."
A writer once wrote that on our death bed, we don't regret the things we did. We regret the things we didn't do. So, when some youngster sits with this old guy, I give them a small dose of the wisdom I didn't know I was developing by telling them they should be proud of themselves for attending college and working so hard.
Twenty or thirty years from now, they will look back and know they did something and it will be their legacy to their children and grandchildren. And they will smile.
This weekend, we are going to UCLA for the Los Angeles Times Book Festival. It is held every year and they say it's the biggest in the country. Since this will be our first time attending, we will have to take their word for it.
Micheal J.Fox will be there, as will Clive Barker and the blonde actress who comes out in all those comedies that require a singer. She starred as Danny De Vito's wife in some christmas movie.
Anyhoo, we are looking forward to that.
Friday night, I am surprising Glenda with opening night to see The Soloist. We have been waiting for this film since I read the book and we're excited about it.
Oh, and this June, we will be seeing Andre Rieu once again. If you don'tknow who he is google him. If you like classical music, you will love his orchestra. It is some of the most beautiful music ever.