If someone could guarantee that I'll live to be a healthy, vigorous ninety, I'm not sure I'd have been so upset about turning fifty, but without that assurance I felt vulnerable and pressed for time. Suddenly, death seemed imminent and eminently possible.
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Source Notes: Getting Over Getting Older: An Intimate Journey (chapter 2, "Feeling Out Fifty") (1996).
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