Judah, 71

(1/2) What’s it like to be 71? “In one sense it’s unreal because I am unlike anybody I’ve ever known in my family who reached the age of 71. It’s a very different reality. It’s a very different concept and a unique experience, because I have nothing to compare it to. I feel more like the me that I have known for my whole life then I do some 71-year old. But when I was 40, I felt 19 and when I was 50, I felt 19. That’s my anchor point. But I know I know more, I know I’ve learned more, I know I am wiser in a way. I make better decisions. I have much more perspective.”

What’s the worst thing that’s happened in your life? “Probably the death of my parents and grandparents. It was through an accident and that was shocking and stunning and sort of changed the direction of my life in a very acute way. It was bad. It had an impact and I think it still lingers because you go, ‘well life really is fragile.’ I was 27. It was a car accident and they were all in the car. They all passed away immediately. So, all of the sudden I was alone and I was the only child. Two generations were gone and it was very profound. So you cope, but you also do things—you adjust in ways that you don’t know about until later. And you go, ‘oh that’s the impact of that thing in my life and I protected myself.’”

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