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The Good Retirement Guide 2013, 27th Edition by Frances Kay

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Chapter Sixteen

No one is immortal

I was dead billions of years before I was born and suffered not the slightest inconvenience. MARK TWAIN

Old people are different. They are special, even fortunate. Who else can understand the pleasure of sitting on a bench for hours in the shade of a tree, doing nothing, gazing into the distance, silent, motionless, their hands folded? This was the opinion of the late Francois Mitterand, 21st president of France, who died in 1996. He, who had been so active in his life, understood in his old age the virtues of ‘non-action’. When we are younger, we seem to regard doing nothing as a defect or a failure. But in old age, being becomes far more important than doing. Those of us who cling on to things that are past, ...

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