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The balance in it faded. Spontaneity died. Forget stealing away for the midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, as Corinne and Marianne and I once could in San Francisco. Our subscription to the opera frequently went unused. My wine newsletters sat unread—or, if I did peruse them, I did it The Bottom Line 25 while also doing several other things, the master of multitasking. I was always distracted by work. The number of people for whom I was professionally responsible had grown to the thousands.
The following week I returned through Seattle for the annual Microsoft CEO Summit, a power-packed affair attended by more than 100 CEOs. Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway’s head and probably the world’s smartest investor, not only showed off perhaps the driest wit I’ve ever encountered, but startled me with how much he knew about my world: each opinion he shared on every major accounting issue was incredibly well-informed. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO, did his usual highenergy presentation. When I had time to consider the state of my life ( if I had time), I thought the day-to-day bustle was going extremely well, if supercharged.
It was highly malignant, infiltrated the brain extensively, and sometimes became enormous before symptoms appeared, which could include headaches, seizures, vision problems, motor problems, cognitive problems, memory problems, and personality changes. Its cause remains unknown. I’d never once been close to my own death before, at least not for more than a split second. In my thirties, while in Milan for business, I had stepped off the curb of a traffic circle, unaware that cars were coming from a second direction, one I hadn’t checked for .
Chasing daylight: how my forthcoming death transformed my life : a final account by Eugene; Postman, Andrew O'kelly