Too Young to be Gone

In a long session at Ecopolitan last night with a University of Minnesota student who asked to interview me for her senior anthropology thesis on raw food, I mentioned that the author of a book on healthy eating had written over a decade ago that too many people were dying at fifty. Of course, I thought of my best friend, Neil, who even though he tried to stay fit, died of a massive heart attack last May just days after his fiftieth birthday.

Just hours after last night’s interview, I learned that my former brother-in-law, Tim, died unexpectedly in his sleep this morning at the age of fifty. I had just spoken to Tim a month ago and we had agreed it would be great to see each other soon. Twenty years ago, I had hired Tim at the investment management firm where Neil and I worked; he stayed three months before resigning for a better opportunity. Now less than a year apart, they are both gone at the age of fifty.

I am unfortunately able to empathize with my mom and Tim’s mom, who both have lost so many friends and family members, including their very best friends, as they approach eighty. Loss is a natural part of life, but death at fifty is especially sad. My heart goes out to Tim’s loved ones and to all families who lose a cherished member.

May you tell the special people in your life today that you love them. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us.


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2 Responses to “Too Young to be Gone”

  1. Kim Wencl Says:

    I agree with you – there does seem to be many people dying in their fifties. I lost a friend last week who was only 51. It is a reminder to cherish each day of our own lives and live it as if it were our last.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Absolutely, Kim.

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