Daily Prompt: Forever Young, emphasis on Forever

Today’s Daily Prompt: Forever Young asks us the simple question: Would you drink the water from the fountain of youth?

I’ve touched on the subject of immortality previously and in the short time between then and now nothing has changed.  Well, that’s not entirely true…  I have gotten to experience second hand more pain and loss as coworkers struggle with death in their families.  It has left me even more cemented in my desire to live forever.

Plus, as the birth of my child draws nearer, I find my need to be strong and healthy growing.  I need to be able to provide for them.  I need to be their rock, their support.  I imagine that feeling will only expand exponentially once they do finally make their appearance.

Choosing the path of immortality means I would be missing out on some very unique experiences: getting to view the world through different eyes as I age, getting to appreciate my accomplishments here and look forward to the mystery of what comes next, etc…  Choosing the path of immortality would also mean that all those who I love would pass and I would remain behind alone in my grief.

But this world has so much to offer, so much to explore, so much to captivate and inspire that if I were given that chance I would take it. 

Then I’d steal a cup of it for my wife and child(ren).

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10 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Forever Young, emphasis on Forever

  1. I would be missing out on some very unique experiences: getting to view the world through different eyes as I age, getting to appreciate my accomplishments here and look forward to the mystery of what comes next, etc…

    I’ve seen this argument a lot and it has yet to persuade me. If we’re going to debate this, drinking from the Fountain of Youth is a strictly physical transformation: it stops your body from aging, not your mind. Granted, issues of mortality would no longer impact you quite the same way, but nothing prevents you from approaching the world with the same joie de vivre before you drank the water. Neither is there anything to stop you from acquiring deeper wisdom. For instance, I’m quite sure a 50- and 500-year-old immortal would encounter some maturity differences between themselves.

    Indeed, bring on the goblet and let’s make a toast!

  2. Loved your writing on “Fountain of Youth.” After reading it, I would hope for you and yours, you will find it some day. Happy adventures with your new child. May you have many and may they be full of wonder.

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