Just some thoughts:
One of the world’s most famous athletes in the sundown year of his life was asked: “Are you satisfied with life.” His immediate answer was: “No.”
When ask why he answered: “I can’t fly my own plane, I can’t play tournament golf, now I only play in my dreams and I never reach the seventy-second hole.” Age had crept into his body and had now robbed him of his best moves. He didn’t like it.
Recently I was back home in Indiana (would make a good line for song–right?) and playing golf. In the group was John Nelson, Tony Reeder two men who had been good athletes when I taught and coached in Rockville. Also in the group was a good friend from my teaching and coaching days in Rockville, Indiana, Larry Gambani.
Larry shared something with me that I thought of when reading the line about “Are you satisfied with life.”
Salty Seaman was a painter in Indiana of some reputation. Larry told me he often visited Seaman in his later years. Seaman once said to Larry at the end of one of his visits:
“God found a pretty good way to bring us into the world, but the matter and method of leaving this world, well that’s another matter.” Salty Seaman
I thought of that line when thinking of this athlete’s reaction to the question: “Are you satisfied with life.” I think a lot of us have had great satisfaction in life but the matter of aging and of leaving this life we have questions.
October 26, 2018
Posted November 14, 2018