I think I've been spared the mental decline. I don't find very much difference, and that's good, that's important to me.
We want to move out of this house, it's hard keeping the property up, it's beautiful, but difficult. We've talked about this a lot, what's important to us. I keep suggesting going to Canada or Vermont, some of our favorite places I would love to live, before I stop living. But my wife Maureen points out that our friends are here. You don't make life long friends at 72. I'm not completely worried about the future. However it works out we'll do it together. Maureen is very social and as long as I keep my mouth shut, we make friends easily.
I was asked once do I feel bitter about getting Parkinson's and it seems like a silly question. I don't believe that we have our own destinies or have faith in religious notions that we're born for some purpose. The only thing I can say, is when I look back on my life, I was born into a pretty wealthy family. I never went to war. I think I've been extremely lucky. I've lead a charmed life.
This is the first negative thing that's happened to me. I've been too lucky for too long but, I don't think I'd do anything differently. I just don't look at my life that way. If you have to choose a chronic disease to live with, I would highly recommend Parkinson's, for one thing it generally doesn't kill you.
You see in the papers so and so died of, died from complications of Parkinson's or after a long illness or something like that. I really can't complain.
I'd still like to write and I will be disappointed in myself if I don't produce some literary pieces either philosophy or stories.