This year I turned 62, and I find that I have acquired -- along
with aches and pains -- a perspective on the world that I
lacked as a younger person. I now recognize that for most
of my life I have felt burdened by highly publicized fears that
decades later did not turn out to be true....
For a time I wondered how it would feel to be without these
fears and the frantic nagging concerns at the back of my mind.
Actually, it feels just fine.
I recommend it.
(from "Let's Stop Scaring Ourselves" -- Parade, Dec. 5, 2004)