All of my regular readers have heard about my obsession with podcasts. I listen to them all all day long, and then most of the night (chronic insomnia is a bitch). I prefer podcasts to the radio, or tv and even, most times to music.
I have a long list of favorites, and others that I listen to occasionally. On my daily rotation are a few BBC news programs because I’d rather get my news from the BBC than any American outlets. It’s not that they’re less biased but they’re biased in a different way (a way I find amusing) and I get to hear about stuff I wouldn’t know if I’d just read/listen to US news sources.
Wow… that’s a long way to get to today’s story. Sorry about that. Blame the insomnia.
Speaking of which, the other night I was lying in bed listening to one of my BBC podcasts and a bit came on about a new documentary called Dreams of a Life, about a woman who lied dead in her London flat (apt) for 3 years before anyone found her. The tagline on the official website is, “Would anyone miss you?”
The interesting thing about the story of this particular dead woman is that she was young. My age (so not so young, I guess). And died wrapping Christmas presents for her many friends. And yet none of those friends came looking for her. Neither did any of her several sisters.
So anyway, they were framing the film as a cautionary tale. Giving stats on the ever growing numbers of people living alone (over 45% in Sweden, over 28% in the US). The tilt was very – live alone and you’ll die alone. And lie there, rotting for years.
Scary, huh? I just love news stories that are meant to scare you.
For me, not so much. I’m way more scared of dying in a hospital, hooked up to tubes and machines. Let me go quickly at home. One fell swoop. I don’t care how long it takes for someone to find me. Is that sick?
What about you? If you live alone, do you ever think about/worry about/obsess about dying alone in your home? What comes to mind when you hear stories like this?
Tags: alone, insomnia, single