Nursing Homes and Porn Stars

It is with trepidation and dread that I mark the passage of time. The cliche, "time flies" proves itself everyday. Life is fleeting and short – and constitutes the totality of who we are and what we do.  Every time I visit a nursing home I am blind sided by that fact. The tenants there were once young and virile, full of vim, vigor, and hope (many still are). Talk to any one of them and they'll tell you it seemed just like yesterday when they were there.  Who they were then is who they are now.

Pornography is everywhere present today and has become the wall paper of our society. It seems it has no trouble recruiting participants. In fact, much of it today is performed by amateurs who find a rush in posting their physical machinations for the whole world to see. Is there no shame?

The point? Who we are and what we do today matters tomorrow. Who we are and what we do tomorrow matters for today. That is, I believe that the past, present and future are intertwined in ways we don't quite understand, one closely relating to and influencing the other. There is an unbroken continuity from who we were when to who we are now to who we will be in the
future – its all part of a whole and defines one complete life. 

Within the wrinkled exteriors of those who are in nursing homes is a young teenager who had to live with consequences. I wonder what embarrassment awaits young men and women when they discover how their past actions impacted their future (present) realities.  Every young man and woman becomes an old man and woman (faster than we like to admit). It happens in a blink of an eye. How empty might your life be in the future because you squandered its youthful energy early on? Porn stars should realize that while they are performing for the camera, an old person is right there with them performing as well.

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One comment on “Nursing Homes and Porn Stars
  1. Jon Hokama says:

    Great insight, Jeff, on the unseen connections between our present and future selves. Karl Frank, author of Go Tax Free, has an equally compelling story in the final chapter of this book; he’ll also be sharing that story at jonhokama.net

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