I am no less human than all of my brothers and sisters. I am not a robot, I have reasonable needs and human desires. I also have my coping mechanisms just like we all do. One thing I have recently come to understand is this; the importance for me to enjoy my existence before my body and my mind finally capitulates to decay. Watching my elderly father succumb to dementia has been a good teacher. There is the stark realisation that this could be me one day. Admittedly he was, and is a selfish man, and I know I’m guilty of this too. Sure, I will continue to give of myself in various ways in the best way I know how. But I now have a renewed commitment to suck the juice out of life. The pursuit of life, love and all things good is not a bad thing, neither is it for the faint of heart. Some will judge my journey unfairly l but I care not. I will press forward towards the pursuit of those things that I consider worthy, authentic and life enriching.