2018: Day One

20-30 years is all I have left...

Roderick Edwards
As 2017 fades and 2018 rises and old events and new swirl around us; elections, scandals, threats, deaths, births, all things negative and positive; all things real. I pause to think where and why I fit in. Am I merely one hairless ape among billions? Here only by happenstance of two people copulating? Do I have a purpose or at least a self-defined goal in life?
In all likelihood I have about 20-30 years left on this planet barring any accident or tragedy or scientific breakthrough. Am I being self-centered in thinking about my own mortality? Surely at this very moment, someone else is gasping their last breath. What about them?

There are so many things I wish I could have done before I leave. There are so many things I have done before I leave. The relationships; my wife, my daughter, my grandson and all the family with them. They fulfill my life, yet time doesn't seem long enough. I am willing to remain here hundreds of years as long as I wasn't suffering in body or mind.

2018 is day one for my focus that time is ticking. Every action should serve a purpose. No more coddling or placating fake friends. It is time for us all to grow into tomorrow and I have no time for those adults who want to remain infants. It is time to see the next year and the next. It is time to live instead of just exist.

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