Having a good close friend who is 86 years old and nearly 40 years older than me is often thought provoking. My friend experienced a traumatic brain injury about six weeks ago and has had encountered many challenges during the rehabilitation process. One of the most difficult things for her is letting go of some freedom and asking for help from others. You see, she’s a very independent lady.
She was lucky she was able to move back to her condo and live independently. She’s happy to be back, but misses some of the perks she had previously. Mainly, her driving priviledges. She is not ready to give that up and asked me point blank the other day as she sat with her television guide(her link to the outside world) nestled in her lap, “You know, I have to ask, is that all there is to life?”
Maybe that is why reality tv is so popular. It’s connecting with “real” people from the safety of my own couch. Maybe that is all there is to life. I hope not, but is it?