Months To Years Summer 2018 MTY_Summer2018_v7 - Page 4

F ROM T HE E DITOR SUMMER 2018 Welcome to the Summer 2018 issue of Months To Years! such a world? When we reflect on the lives of those who I hope you are enjoying your summer, wherever you are. have died, was it the life they wanted? Was it a life well We are excited to bring you another issue of compelling lived? Did they overspend when they were young and nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography by the 21 find themselves broke in their “golden years”? Or did they contributors to this issue. I continue to be fascinated by scrimp and save for comfort in their later years and wish the differing takes on death and mortality that writers and they’d had more fun when they were young? Or did they artists share with us. not even live long enough to see retirement? Did they do the things they hoped to do in life? I have been reflecting lately on the idea of living a good, purposeful life today. Right now. Not next week or in How do we know how best to live when we don’t know retirement or once the current project is done at work. how long we will live? What does it mean to live our best life in every moment? The answers are highly individualized. But the writers who I became acutely aware of this question after my first submit work to Months To Years explore these questions husband, Ahmad, received a terminal cancer diagnosis. from many perspectives. We all know we will die someday, but we don’t know when. We know this intellectually when we are well. But In “If I Knew Then What Was To Come,” the late Mal we understand it viscerally—and at a deeply internalized Schoen reflects on his health-obsessed lifestyle that level—once we encounter terminal illness. resulted in his regular routine screenings for a variety of illnesses, except for the one that caused him to become In April, Netflix released a streaming documentary terminally ill. short called “End Game.” It is a thoughtful and powerful reflection on living well at the end of life. One doctor’s In “Loving Life,” Pam Munter reflects on whether it is quote from it resonated deeply with me: “I think it is socially acceptable to simply feel you have lived long healthy people who think about how they want to die and enough and well enough and, therefore, to decline sick people who think about how they want to live.” expensive, life-extending drugs. Our culture simultaneously tells us that life is both short The work of two of our own behind-the-scenes magicians and long. We all have known people who get a dreaded who make Months To Years happen is included in this disease too young or die in an accident in the prime of issue. Barbara LaBounta, our design director, explores life. But we are also reminded frequently of how little we being “cast into a new great unknown” after successful have collectively saved for retirement and how we could treatment for cancer in “My ki-67 and Lady Chemo.” live to be 95. How do we find peace and balance in