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Eye of the Optimist-Outliving a Parent

My mother suddenly and very unexpectedly dropped dead on the morning of November 16, 1985. The question as to whether I would live beyond her age at death has been on the back of my mind for the past couple of years. I could say I've outlived her as of November 17 this year.

I found the occasion worthy of a Facebook posting. Here is what I wrote last Thursday.
"As of today, I've lived longer than my mother. Exercise and enlightened attitude keep the heart strong, blood pressure down, and mind growing."
This posting has had a good response from the family and closest friends connected to me on Facebook.

What caused my mother's fatal collapse has been a mystery to her doctor and other family members. As for me, I suspected that she had had a thyroid condition for a long time that went undetected and that is because her mother and two of her children (including me) have thyroid conditions. I am familiar with the symptoms of either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, and I estimated that she was experiencing some. Another obvious factor would have been lack of exercise and maybe a problematic diet. In any case, I also observed that she was unhappy, so I have also suspected that emotional distress played havoc with her heart rate and blood pressure.

Often being in a position of emotional security, and having experienced acute financial insecurity in an earlier period with a couple of extremely upsetting relationships thrown in, I have come to realize more and more clearly what kind of physical affects can arise just out of stress or anxiety. One of my biggest reasons for writing this positive thinking blog is to keep myself emotionally stable and healthy. This writing must be complemented with regular exercise, especially aerobic, as well as healthy eating in order to to keep on a physically and mentally positive path.

Optimism to keep going forward and feeling good about one's place in life as well as direction certainly has positive physical consequences. Such an outlook can help keep perspective, too, so that disappointments and conflicts do not rule the mind.

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