Things You Don't Have to Worry About

@Rollo1 (16681)
Boston, Massachusetts
January 16, 2016 5:54am CST
Singer David Bowie has died at age 69. Actor Alan Rickman has died at age 69. Actor Dan Haggerty has died at age 74. For a moment I thought a pattern was emerging. I was thinking that it was a dangerous year to be 69 years old. But it's just coincidence so anyone who is 69 this year can relax. You don't have to worry about it. When it was 1969, I remember worrying about it turning 1970. T hat just seemed impossible - that the world could continue to exist past the 60s. But go on it did, into the blah 70s, the big-haired 80s and so on. I didn't have to worry about it. Y2K was another thing we didn't have to worry about. All that preparation and the world's computers didn't go rogue and destroy the Earth. In the 70s, President Jimmy Carter said the world would run out of oil by the year 2011. We didn't have to worry about it. Didn't happen. In 1969, environmentalist Nigel Calder said we were all going to die in misery due to a coming ice age. Al Gore told us in his movie that by 2014 all the ice in the Arctic would be melted away by warming. Turns out we didn't have to worry about either of those things. So, if you're 69 or you know someone who is 69, don't worry about it. It's not your year to die, be encased in a glacier, or drown in Arctic sea waters. But maybe, just maybe, it's a good year to stop listening to these people and their predictions of doom.
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@JudyEv (96202)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jan 16
I am 69 but I'm not worrying about it either. But I continue to eat my desserts first - just in case!
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@Rollo1 (16681)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Jan 16
Sounds like an excellent plan.
@LadyDuck (118000)
• Switzerland
16 Jan 16
My hubby is 69, I will tell him to relax. I remember when Jimmy Carter said the world would run out of oil by the year 2011. In Italy we were not allowed to use the cars on Sundays not to waste oil. Politics always lie.
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@Rollo1 (16681)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Jan 16
I remember when people bought gas caps with locks because thieves were siphoning fuel out of the cars' tanks. It was a crisis time, but not the end of the world as they predicted. Not even the end of oil production.
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@LadyDuck (118000)
• Switzerland
18 Jan 16
@Rollo1 We bought one of those caps, because people siphoned fuel from our car and we did not notice, until the car stopped in the middle of nowhere.
@gr8nana6 (2251)
• United States
16 Jan 16
I don't listen to any kind of predictions, I figure if it's my time then it's my time. Nothing I can do to change the course of my life it is all in God's hands.
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@Platespinner (18054)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
16 Jan 16
I grew up with parents who were convinced the world was going to end. Soon. I was never supposed to grow up, never have children, much less have my children grow up. I've learned not to worry about things that are beyond my control. If the world ends tomorrow, I'll worry about it then.
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@Rollo1 (16681)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Jan 16
My mother was a little like that. I can't say she was wrong to keep it in mind, but it's not something to share with very young children. My sister is still affected by it, but I am over it. Well, only over it to the extent that I don't worry about what I cannot stop or fix.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
18 Jan 16
@Rollo1 I think my parents approach was understandable given that they both were adolescents in the Netherlands during the German occupation. They had seen hardship and deprivation to an extent that I can't even fathom, and knowing how history tends to repeat itself it isn't completely unwise to anticipate the worst (as a result I'm not nearly as dependent on the "system" as many are).
• Eugene, Oregon
17 Jan 16
I am past that age of worry, can afford to be optimistically fatalistic.
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@Rollo1 (16681)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Jan 16
Well, it only takes a couple of high-profile occurrences for people to make crazy claims about coincidences. We all have to live and not worry.
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@pgntwo (21325)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
17 Jan 16
Some people just love peddling doom and gloom.
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@Rollo1 (16681)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Jan 16
There's good money in it, quite often.
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@pgntwo (21325)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
21 Jan 16
@Rollo1 Aye, where there's muck, there's brass, right enough.
@Juliaacv (21938)
• Canada
16 Jan 16
I think that predictors like that keep the world going around. There will always be people laying claim that some disaster will take us all out and how, and there will always be those quick to believe it. Very sad news regarding the passing of David Bowie, he had just released a new album and celebrated his birthday. We also lost Rene Angelil, Celine Dion's husband this past week. He too, had cancer.
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@Rollo1 (16681)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Jan 16
Poor Celine, she has had two tragedies. Very sad.
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@Juliaacv (21938)
• Canada
18 Jan 16
@Rollo1 They will lay Rene, her late husband, to rest this coming Friday, but I have not heard anything regarding the arrangements for her brother, Daniel.
@BelleStarr (30943)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jan 16
Yes and lets not forget that the Mayan calendar ended and the world continued on!!
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@Rollo1 (16681)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Jan 16
Thank you, I had forgotten the Mayans. I suppose they are forgotten quite often these days.
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@TheHorse (51278)
• Pleasant Hill, California
17 Jan 16
The ice caps aren't shrinking? I thought they were.
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@Rollo1 (16681)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Jan 16
They rebounded, and the decrease is always measured against 1979 measurements which were abnormally high.
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@glenniah (1251)
• Mandurah, Australia
17 Jan 16
I am not 69 years of age. However, I am 70 years of age and work in a hospital. It is amazing how many people look so ancient and ill at 70. I must be going to live forever I think, cause I am too busy looking after the old and sick 70 year olds, hehe
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@Rollo1 (16681)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Jan 16
You are so vivacious that I am sure you impart your cheery and lively spirit to all.
@Tampa_girl7 (21253)
• United States
17 Jan 16
Glad to see you back on here again
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@Rollo1 (16681)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Jan 16
Not back much, but I will be soon. Hope things are well with you, Marie.
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16 Jan 16
I was really disappointed when Y2K didn't wipe the world out. :)
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@Rollo1 (16681)
• Boston, Massachusetts
18 Jan 16
I was relieved, but I had just had a baby and sort of didn't want the end of the world just yet.
@JESSY3236 (4885)
• United States
18 Jan 16
I love reading the "predictions" that people had back then. It's silly how people think the end will end soon and then it doesn't.
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@just4him (88711)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
18 Jan 16
It seems we have nothing to worry about after all. What a relief
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@Inlemay (17323)
• South Africa
17 Jan 16
Oh its to a number and a lot of coincidences - dont ponder on a 69 sword of Damocles
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@UncleJoe (8061)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
17 Jan 16
I remember all three of those guys but I never worried about them. Heck! I hardly knew them!
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@softbabe44 (5960)
• Vancouver, Washington
17 Jan 16
I love David bowie's music
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@1creekgirl (8299)
• United States
16 Jan 16
Lord willing , I will be 69 next December. I try not to worry about what might happen , there's enough actually happening to deal with !
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@Jessicalynnt (48190)
• Centralia, Missouri
16 Jan 16
the 8o's were kinda embarrassing, style wise anyways
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@marlina (60412)
• Canada
16 Jan 16
I am 69 years old and I never listen to those "predictions". I just live my life.
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