Luisa, good to hear from you! And good to hear you're doing well.
"In the realm of contracting is limiting my driving because I don't see or hear as well and don't react as quickly and I no longer drive after dark." Hey, I'm 'only' 62, and all that applies to me too! :-) Although I do drive after dark if I have to. The nice thing about being part of the 'older set' is that no one else wants to drive after dark either, so most of our activities and parties are during the day.
Funny you should mention 'getting ready to die'. I belong to another web site group, and we're discussing that very thing right now. Avidly. About 12+ of us. And the big surprise -- besides discussing a topic that is hardly popular (we talk about sex lives far more readily than we talk about dying and death LOL) -- is the difference in perspectives. There's a big difference from people in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and we even have one lady who is 85 and a young man in his early 20s (who, judging by his posts, obviously knows nothing about aging, dying and death LOL). It's been going on over a week now and has been very interesting, and there's even been a good amount of genuine humor. Because, God knows, as we age, we'd better have a good sense of humor or we're in deep, well, you know. :-) How about 'deep mud'?
But I know you know that you've been living on 'borrowed time' for a long time now. We are so fortunate if we reach 60 in good health. And we know that much younger people die from illness and accidents everyday. Age is not the only factor in dying and death -- but it is a far greater sure bet, and it's so nice to be able to prepare. It's also so nice to not be afraid.
BTW, I wrote where you live and asked them for some information. I've been 'looking around' for the past year. Just to get an idea of cost, amenities, weather in other states. As I watch friends and neighbors having to work until the day they die, I am so profoundly grateful for being in the situation I'm in. Of course, that could all change in an instant. [And the global economic situation is the other board's next topic.]
Good thoughts being sent your way and Val's.
Talk to you again.