Lately I feel surrounded by death. I know that that's some pretty dramatic language, but it's really how I feel. I haven't lost anyone close to me. But I've lost colleagues, friends of friends, people in my neighborhood. I checked the numbers, and I'm not imagining this. US death rates in 2022 were 13% higher than in 2019. That's actually an improvement over the death rates from 2020 and 2021. Those numbers were bound to have a psychological impact, eventually. A ten percent increase is exactly the kind of change that sneaks up on you. Not big enough to notice consciously, but big enough to really feel.
Yes, feeling the same. A first cousin and other people I know, plus a number of celebrities passed away in December and January. Mortality feels real. Reminder to enjoy life and take care of health.