The cruelty of cancer, if I am being honest, sounds exactly the same as the cruelty of age.
And people in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and beyond are going to laugh when I say this.
But I can feel a decrease in energy too, even at 40.
I’ll just say that I certainly don’t feel 18 anymore.
I know. I know. See? I have no
real idea what I am talking about.
All I know is that all any of us can do is to persist until we get called out of this world.
Understand: Age is a unique thing.
Part of the cruelty of cancer, though, is not only that it limits your time; it also limits your energy, vastly reducing the amount you can squeeze into a day. It is a tired hare who now races. And even if I had the energy, I prefer a more tortoiselike approach. I plod, I ponder. Some days, I simply persist.
-Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air (Amazon)